HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*The United Nations will propose plans to combat climate change during a Paris conference on the topic this December.
*Samsung has confirmed that the next generation of "Smart" TVs do have the potential to eavesdrop on consumers.
*While it hasn't been in the news much lately, the Ebola Virus is still a growing concern in West Africa, with the known death toll already nearing 100 victims for 2015.
*Amongst the winners at the 68th annual British Academy Film Awards were Boyhood (Best Film, Richard Linklater for Best Director, and Patrica Arquette for Best Supporting Actress) and The Theory of Everything (Outstanding British Film and Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor).
*A large meteorite fell to earth in northern New Zealand.
BETWEEN THE UKRAINE AND RUSSIA...
*While fighting continues in Donetsk and Donbass between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, Russia is denying Ukraine's claims that they sent more troops and supplies into the area.
*European leaders met in Minsk, hoping to facilitate peace talks between the Ukraine and Russia. A new accord has since been reached and is supposed to go into effect February 15th.
*The Ukraine's credit status has been lowered to "junk bond", with many fearing the country will soon start defaulting on debts.
TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*al-Shabab terrorists killed a member of Somalia's Parliament.
*The United States, France, and the United Kingdom have all closed their embassies in Yemen and evacuated their personnel, due to terrorist attacks and civil unrest in the region.
*Since it has been helping its neighbors, Boko Haram terrorists launched an attack on Chad.
*The murder of an American aid worker held hostage by ISIS/ISIL forces has been confirmed.
*United States President Barack Obama has asked Congress for "war powers" to help America's allies combat ISIS/ISIL terrorists, without actually sending ground troops unless it is "absolutely necessary". Congress has yet to make a final decision on honoring the request.
*Author Melanie Tem (Prodigal, Blood Moon) is no longer with us.
*Journalist Bob Simon (60 Minutes) was taken from us too soon.
*Famed radio announcer Gary Owens (Space Ghost, Rowan and Martin's Laugh In) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*While the debates continue and budget deadlines loom, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have not ruled out the possibility of another government shut down.
*A Congressional committee is hearing testimony on whether or not to make vaccinations against childhood diseases mandatory.
*The Senate has confirmed Ashton Carter as the new Secretary of Defense.
*While they are only allegations at this time, Oregon governor John Kitzhaber has resigned his post over accusations that his fiancee used government money to support her business. Kate Brown has replaced him, becoming the first openly bi-sexual person to hold such a high office in the process.
*America has established a new, anti-cyber terrorist/crimes unit that will work with all the existing government agencies to combat the growing threat.
*Amongst the winners at the 57th annual Grammy Awards were Sam Smith for "Stay With Me" (Song of the Year, Record of the Year), Morning Phase by Beck (Album of the Year), and "Weird" Al Yankovic (Comedy Album of the Year: Mandatory Fun).
*Jon Stewart has announced his impending retirement from Comedy Central's The Daily Show at the end of 2015.
*Although he voluntarily took a sabbatical after the truth about some of his Iraqi war stories came to light, NBC News has officially suspended Brian Williams from being on the air for the next 6 months.
*Tiger Woods has announced that he will not compete as a professional golfer until he is "tour ready".
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