TODAY IS REPUBLIC DAY IN BRAZIL.
THIS IS SHICHI-GO-SAN DAY (7-5-3) DAY IN JAPAN.
THE WIZARD OF ID COMIC STRIP CELEBRATES
ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY MONDAY.
AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*The European Space Agency's Rosetta Probe successfully deployed the Philae Lander, which completed the initial phase of its mission by landing on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko! It is already sending back pictures of the comet's surface.
*Citizens of Mexico are up in arms over the disappearance of 43 students from a college in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico and the subsequent discovery of a site of mass graves. No confirmation yet whether any of the missing students are amongst the dead, but local riots have been occurring since.
*While the Catalan people of Northern Spain voted on the issue of self-determination, the government said the referendum was unauthorized.
*Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are being warned to stop their actions now, or face arrest and prosecution.
*Terrorists in the Middle East seemed to prefer using suicide bombers more than direct attacks on civilian and military targets this past week.
*Chinese government official Xi Jinping and United States President Barack Obama have struck an accord to limit greenhouse gases between the two countries.
*New cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the Mali region of West Africa as the confirmed death toll breaks 5,000+ victims.
*Cuba is reportedly trying to defend North Korea to the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity.
*Sweden can confirm its claim that a foreign submarine entered their waters this past month, although whose sub and why it did so remain unknown(?).
*The G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia is underway.
BETWEEN THE UKRAINE AND RUSSIA...
*NATO is now claiming Russian military forces have entered the Ukraine to support pro-Russian separatists.
*Meanwhile, Russia says it will resume long distance military flights across the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea for the first time since the start of the Cold War.
*Investigating Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may take up to an additional 9 months due to difficulties reaching the crash sight and local interference.
*Author R. A. Montgomery of the Choose Your Own Adventure series has passed away.
*Actress Carol Ann Susi (The Big Bang Theory, Death Becomes Her) has taken her final bow from life's stage.
*Noted screenwriter Ernest Kinoy (the TV adaptation of Roots, X Minus 1) has passed away.
*Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson of The Sugarhill Gang (Rapper's Delight, etc) has left us.
*Television producer and series creator Glen A. Larson (The Fall Guy, Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I.; etc) has passed away.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*Congress is officially back in session until their winter holiday break. First on the agenda, the House of Representatives approved the Keystone Pipeline, which President Barack Obama has environmental concerns about.
*The Republican members of Congress admit they are divided on how to address the issue of Immigration Reform, but do not want the President taking any Executive Action on the matter.
*The winners of the 2014 mid-term elections will not be sworn into Congress until the start of new session in January 2015.
*The last American medical workers were cleared from quarantine, following their return from West Africa.
*The first winter storm of the 2014/2015 season has come across the United States, bringing snow and colder temperatures to the northern regions of the country.
*Clayton Kershaw of the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Trout of the American League's Los Angeles Angels have been named the 2014 Most Valuable Players of Major League Baseball.
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