HANUKKAH CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE.
CHRISTMAS IS CELEBRATED IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD OVER THE COURSE OF THIS WEEKEND.
KWANZAA BEGINS MONDAY, DECEMBER 26.
Amongst events that have happened around the world this past week include...
*The United States has withdrawn its last soldiers from Iraq, marking the official end to the Iraqi War.
*Libya this week formally celebrated their new found independence since the death of Muammar Gaddafi.
*North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il has passed away. His son Jong-un is expected to take over the country.
*Civil unrest continues in Syria, Cairo, and Yemen.
*Russian protesters claim the recent elections were "rigged" to favor the United Russia Party.
*The Philippines Red Cross now estimates the death toll from Tropical Storm Washi at almost 1000.
*Scientists have discovered two Earth size planets orbiting a star 950 light years away in the Lyra constellation. They have been designated Kepler 20 d and e for now because of the long range telescope involved in the discovery.
*Professional basketball resumes play in a shortened season beginning December 25th.
IN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS...
*Actor-director Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower have announced the birth of their daughter Helen Grace De Niro.
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