World Events

  IRA Turns to Politics, Leaves ViolenceJuly 28, 2005 00:00 The Irish Republican Army, fighting British occupation of the emerald isle since the early 20th century, is abandoning violence in favor of the political process. Recent events have seen the Sinn Fein's top leaders and much of the Irish population turn away from the violent lawlessness of the IRA.
  Shuttle Discovery Launches SuccessfullyJuly 26, 2005 00:00 The space shuttle Discovery has launched successfully from the Cape Canaveral Space Station a few minutes ago.
  Al Quaeda Bombing in EgyptJuly 23, 2005 00:00 At least 88 people have bene killed at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik. So far it looks like Muslim extremists are to blame.
  Unarmed Brazilian Man Killed by London PoliceJuly 22, 2005 00:00 In a new culture of fear, the new image of the shoot-first-ask-questions-later London police is emerging. An innocent Brazilian electrician was shot five times in the head, after he was on the ground, by police who didn't bother to interrogate him first.
  N Korea to Disarm if Peace Agreement SignedJuly 22, 2005 00:00 North Korea has agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons program if the North and South can sign a peace agreement that would end the 60 year old armistice.
  China Devalues Yuan 2.1%July 21, 2005 00:00 In a surprise move, China has revalued the yuan by 2.1% as a token gesture toward the United States. The yuan has been pegged at an exact value against the dollar for a decade, prompting many to suggest that it is artificially inflating the China-US trade gap. The yuan will now be valued against a floating range of other currencies.
  London 'Dummy' BombingsJuly 21, 2005 00:00 Bombings of a similar pattern, but lessened effect, took place in London today, reportedly injuring one.
  Canada Legalizes Same-sex MarriageJuly 20, 2005 00:00 Now the Republicans can truly 'blame Canada.' Our great neighbor to the white north has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
  Westmoreland DiesJuly 19, 2005 00:00 Top US general during the Viet Nam conflict, General William C. Westmoreland died last night at 91. General Westmoreland oversaw the US military build up in Viet Nam from 1964 to 1968.
  1768 US Servicemen and Servicewomen Dead in IraqJuly 18, 2005 00:00 This week has seen 170 dead in Iraqi suicide bombings and the total of US military dead in Iraq climb to 1,768.
  Former UK PM Heath Dead at 89July 17, 2005 00:00 Former UK Prime Minister and same-party opponent of the Right-wing Margaret Thatcher is dead at 89.
  29 Killed in Iraqi Suicide AttacksJuly 15, 2005 00:00 29 more people were killed in suicide attacks in Iraq today.
  Former WorldCom Exec Sentenced to 25 YearsJuly 15, 2005 00:00 Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in one of the largest corporate accounting fraud cases in history.
  Suicide Bomber Kills 27 in BaghdadJuly 14, 2005 00:00 A suicide bomber killed 27 in a poor Baghdad suburb when he attacked a US military patrol handing out candy and toys to children. Most of the dead were Iraqi children.
  London Bombers were British CitizensJuly 13, 2005 00:00 It turns out that the London bombers were all British citizens, believed to be second generation sons of Pakistani immigrants.
  Pakistan Commuter Train CollisionJuly 13, 2005 00:00 Over 150 people have died in a collision of three trains in Pakistan.
  EU Enforcing Fishing RulesJuly 12, 2005 00:00 In a move that will hopefully set a trend for the rest of Europe, the EU High Court has fined France US$24 Million for failing to implement EU fisheries policies.
  ETA Terrorists Attack Power Plant in SpainJuly 12, 2005 00:00 ETA separatists have attacked a new power plant in northern Spain.
  US Backs Japan on UN SC, But No ReformsJuly 12, 2005 00:00 The US will back Japan's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, but will not back reforms proposed by Japan, Brazil, Germany, and India.
  Brazil Wins Battle in Making Cheaper AIDS DrugsJuly 11, 2005 00:00 Brazil has successfully pressured Abbott Laboratories Inc. into discounting the price of an important anti-HIV drug. Earlier this month, Brazil had threatened to begin producing the drug in violation of the companies US patent that expires in 2015.
  Blair to Implement Stronger UK Terror LawsJuly 11, 2005 00:00 After the attacks of last week, Tony Blair has proposed implementing stronger anti-terrorism laws that will allow easier incarceration and prosecution of suspected terrorists.
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  4 Bombs Strike London Transportation SystemJuly 07, 2005 00:00 Four bombs struck the London rail and bus system, killing at least 50 and wounding 100's.