Saturday, May 21, 2011


Amongst events that have happened around the world this past week...

*Civil unrest continues within Libya and Syria as other countries keep a close eye on the Middle East situation. NATO is continuing a military presence in Libya.
*United States President Barack Obama had a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss options for that country to achieve peaceful accords with its neighbors.
*Queen Elizabeth II is in the middle of the first official visit to the Republic of Ireland by a British monarch in recorded history.
*Dominique Strauss-Kahn of the International Monetary Fund is being held in New York City on suspicion of rape, awaiting trial. He has resigned his position with the IMF because of the current legal proceedings.
*Citizens in Louisiana and Mississippi are still keeping a wary eye on the flooding situation there, although it has lessened to the lower halves of the two states bordering the Gulf of Mexico.
*The Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced a setback to their recovery plans for the Fukushima nuclear crisis after discovering that the status of the first nuclear reactor at the power plant is actually in worse condition that originally thought. Company president Masataka Shimizu has resigned after the TEPCO reported over a three million yen lost for the past quarter, with at least that much predicted for the next.
*Pope Benedict the XVI made the first Papal 'phone' call to outer space, talking to the crews of the Space Shuttle Endeavour (on its final mission) and the International Space Station Saturday morning, Vatican time.
*The first solar powered airplane, Solar Impulse, successfully completed a test flight from Switzerland to the Brussels International Airport May 15.
*Friday marked the 55th anniversary of the first hydrogen bomb test. The airborne missile was dropped upon the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, and photos from the event can be seen at

*Sony has started restoring the PlayStation Network after the PlayStation 3's online service was disabled due to hacker attacks.
*Former wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage has passed away following a car accident.
*The Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada has closed its doors after 59 years in business.
*Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a love child while being married to Maria Shriver.

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