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  Hurricane Katrina Hits New OrleansAugust 29, 2005 00:00 Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, possibly killing thousands and displacing up to 3 million people.
  Gaza and West Bank Pullouts CompletedAugust 23, 2005 00:00 Israeli police and soldiers have finished the short term goal of evacuating settlers from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Some of the settlers had been in place for a generation, but the move is seen as a major step toward Muslim-Israeli relations in the Middle East.
  Joint Russia-China Military ExercisesAugust 18, 2005 00:00 Joint Russia-China military exercises on Chinese soil signal a dramatic shift in relations and alignments in Asia.
  Oil Prices Beginning to Wear on US EconomyAugust 17, 2005 00:00 Rising oil prices that have been artificially inflated by war and international tension have finally started to take a toll on the US economy.
  Israeli Pullout from GazaAugust 16, 2005 00:00 The official Israeli pullout from the Gaza strip is underway in a landmark political move that could, in the long run, reverse the tide of anti-semitism and inter-religious conflict in the Middle East.
  Gas Prices Continue to ClimbAugust 15, 2005 00:00 Gas prices hit another record modern high at $2.53 per gallon. It costs me about $30 per week in gas to commute to work.
  Nuclear Nations: Iran and North KoreaAugust 12, 2005 00:00 The nuclear landscape is changing. As inconclusive talks with North Korea wrap up, Iran is on the verge of fully restarting its civilian nuclear program. Too bad Rumsfeld and Cheney helped Iran get a nuclear program in the first place.
  Nuclear Nation: PakistanAugust 12, 2005 00:00 Pakistan successfully test fired a land-launched cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
  Fed Raises Short-Term Interest RatesAugust 10, 2005 00:00 The private Federal Reserve Bank has raised interest rates again by a quarter point, the 10th raise since 2004. Some analysts are concerned that the raises may be near the tipping point that could deflate the growing economy.
  Waves of Jellyfish Sting SpaniardsAugust 10, 2005 00:00 Massive schools of jellyfish, brought close to the shore due to rising temperatures and the presence of food in runoff and sewage contaminated sea water, are stinging thousands of people on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
  Discovery Lands SafelyAugust 09, 2005 00:00 Space shuttle Discovery landed safely today, but the happy occurence will not put an end to the over-cautiousness of our post-9-11 society.
  North Korea Talks Winding DownAugust 04, 2005 00:00 Diplomatic talks on North Korea's nuclear program are winding down to a frustrating conclusion as the North is unwilling to give up consideration of a civilian nuclear power plan. Also, the US is unwilling to grant concessions to the Asian nation until North Korea is nuclear free.
  Snuppy: First Cloned DogAugust 03, 2005 00:00 South Korean scientists have been the first to create a cloned dog. The experiment required 1095 cultured embryos and 123 attempts at implantation, resulting in three pregnancies and one successful puppy.
  Xena: 10th Planet Officially FoundAugust 01, 2005 00:00 A 10th planet has been officially found and tentatively designated Xena. The planet is believed to be larger than Pluto and to orbit the Sun 45 degrees out of the plane in which the other planets orbit. Hugh Heffner is said to be financing a mission to the planet to discover for the Amazon Women of Xena pictorial spread in an upcoming edition of Playboy magazine.
  Saudi King Fahd DiesAugust 01, 2005 00:00 Saudi Arabia's King Fahd has died after a long illness due to a stroke. He has been peacefully replaced by his brother, the 80+ year-old Crown Prince Abdullah.