Amongst the events happening around the world this past week...
*Catherine Ashton, the European Union's Foreign Policy Chief announced that no accords were reached between Iran and neighboring super powers. No formal date for future talks talks had been scheduled at press time.
*American President Barack Obama welcomed China's President Hu Jintao to the White House this week to discuss issues affecting both countries. Amongst the results of this diplomatic visit include a $45 billion dollar export deal.
*March 11 has been set as the date for general elections in Ireland, amidst growing concerns about the problems of that country and the recent resignation of several ministers.
*The (alleged) gunman in that tragic Arizona shooting has been formally indicted and awaits trial. Meanwhile, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been safely transported to a medical facility in Texas to begin traversing the long road to rehabilitation that awaits her.
*American Samoa has officially banned smoking in enclosed public and private spaces.
*Former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier faces charges of corruption, torture, crimes against humanity, and other offensives after returning to Haiti earlier this month.
*Steve Jobs has announced he is taking a medical leave of absence as CEO of Apple. A memo made the decision public. Tim Cook will handle the "day to day" activities while Jobs concentrates upon his health.
*Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, has passed away at age 95.
IN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:
*The Social Network, Glee, The Kids Are All Right, and Boardwalk Empire were amongst the big winners at the 68th annual Golden Globes this past Sunday night.
*Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska was crowned the 90th Miss America last Saturday night.
*Although critics complained such a move "removes competitive forces and will hurt consumers in the long run", the FCC and the United States Justice Department have given Comcast and NBC Universal permission to merge.
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