TODAY IS NAW-RUZ FOR THOSE OF THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH.
NAMIBIA CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY.
IT'S MOTHER'S DAY IN THE ARABIAN WORLD.
MARCH 18th WAS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST SPACE WALK EVER, BY COSMONAUT ALEKSEI LEONOV.
AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*CYCLONE PAM IS STILL A CONCERN IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC! Meanwhile, people in areas already affected by the severe storm try to recover and assess the damage done.
*The United Nations warns that Earth's clean water resources may soon only meet 60% of the world's demand.
*The Philippines is seeking legal recourse to get China's claims to South China Sea resources renounced.
*A solar eclipse was visible over much of Europe March 20th.
*The Lancet medical journal's new study claims that babies who are breastfed are likely to have higher IQs, do better in school, and acquire higher earning jobs.
BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE UKRAINE...
*Meanwhile, given the continued unrest in the Ukraine, the independent country of Poland worries that they might soon have separatist troubles, with "dissidents" wanting their country to rejoin the Soviet Union.
*Suicide bombings at mosques in Sana'a, Yemen killed more than 130 people. ISIS/ISIL forces have since claimed responsibility for the attacks.
*Armed gunmen killed 21 people in an attack on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis.
*Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed was convicted on charges of terrorism and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
*Sculptor Robert Clatworthy is no longer with us.
*Illustrator/Cartoonist Roy Doty (Judy Blume books, the comic strip adaption of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In) has left us.
*Michael Brown of The Left Banke ("Walk Away Renée") has passed away.
*Mike Porcaro of Toto is gone.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*After being nominated 4 months ago, the Senate is still refusing to confirm Loretta Lynch as the new Attorney General. While no previous reason(s) were given, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been quoted by CNN as saying that unless a bill which includes denying victims of human trafficking funding for an abortion if necessary is passed, the Senate will not conduct any confirmation vote.
*Illinois Representative Aaron Schock (R) has resigned his Congressional post instead of facing possible charges of misusing tax payer funds.
*The Premera Blue Cross health insurance company is just now making public the news that it was a cyber attack victim in May 2014, with over 11 million accounts hacked.
*The annual NCAA College Basketball Championships, also known as March Madness, are well underway.
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