TODAY IS NATIONAL DAY IN CAPE VERDE.
ANY TELEVISION PROGRAM THAT DEBUTED IN 1965 CELEBRATES ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR.
AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*The United Kingdom is planning an election to decide whether or not they will stay an active member of the European Union.
*The People's Action Party maintained its majority after the recent general election in Singapore.
*Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has retained leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party.
*The People's National Movement of Trinidad and Tobago has retained their majority in the local House of Representatives after an election there.
*Cuba has announced it will release over 3500 prisoners as a goodwill gesture before Pope Francis' visit to the island nation next week. The Pope is scheduled to travel on to the United States afterward.
*Queen Elizabeth II is now officially Britain's longest reigning monarch. The previous record was held by her grandmother, Queen Victoria.
*North and South Korea plan to hold a joint reunion for families separated by the Korean War in October.
*Israel has reopened its embassy in Cairo, Egypt.
*New Zealand has issued a temporary ban on Into The River by Ted Dawe, while it debates whether or not to make the ban permanent. The novel is the story of a young man growing up while facing issues of intimacy, sex, drugs, racism and death.
*Preparations are under way in Poland to explore the site of the possible Nazi hidden "gold train", including sweeping the area for booby traps!
*Archaeologists have discovered a possible arena buried only 2 miles from Stonehenge!
*Scientists have discovered a new species of early humanoid man!
TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*Local and United Nations forces are combating terrorist cells in several Middle East locations.
*ISIS/ISIL forces attacked a government held airbase in Syria, with many deaths reported on both sides of the conflict.
*Boko Haram forces have been accused of attacking a refugee camp in Nigeria, resulting in 7 confirmed deaths.
*Actor Martin Milner (Route 66, Adam-12) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
*Actor Dickie Moore (Our Gang comedies, Oliver Twist, Sgt. York) is no longer with us.
*Judy Carne of Laugh-In fame has passed away.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*Despite their allegations and the "sources" behind them having all been proven false,
some Congressional Republicans are still considering the possibility of another government shutdown unless the Planned Parenthood organization is defunded and abolished.
*Social Security celebrates its 80th anniversary on September 14th, despite the feelings of current Republicans towards the program.
*President Barack Obama has announced an executive order requiring Federal contractors to provide their employees a week of paid sick leave. Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California already have that requirement locally.
*Congress failed to find the votes to block acceptance of the Iranian Nuclear Plan, which will become official in October.
*The group R.E.M. has announced their disapproval of Donald Trump using their song It's the End of the World As We Know It as part of his campaign.
*Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has suspended his campaign for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, but has not officially dropped out of the contest.
*The saga of the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue any marriage licenses, especially to same gender couples, continues. She has been released on bond, pending trial. When she returns to work and what she will do there remains to be seen. She is not to interfere with her deputies issuing marriage licenses to all, although she still claims they are invalid without her signature, which she will never provide. Meanwhile, the rock group Survivor is planning to sue over her supporters illegal use of their song Eye of the Tiger.
PLEASE NOTE: SHE IS ONLY FACING LEGAL ACTION FOR NOT OBEYING THE LAW. THERE IS NO "RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION" AGAINST HER!
*The Justice Department has announced new guidelines concerning prosecuting corporate executives.
*Rupert Murdoch is buying the National Geographic media franchise, leaving some to worry about the future of the NG Society's position on climate change and other issues.
*After raising its in-store minimum wage rate for employees, some Wal-marts are now reportedly cutting employee hours and telling some to take "longer lunch breaks". Meanwhile, some suppliers are unhappy over the company's new storage fees and payment schedule.
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