One of our writers examines some of the biggest global headlines form the past week. Featuring reports about Beijing, Toronto, Cairo and the Philippines.
On Dec. 5, Blair won second place in the biannual Knowledge Master Open (KMO). The Blazers scored 1773 points, 3 points behind the winning school, Novi, Michigan's Detroit Catholic Central High School.
From Sept. 17 to Sept. 25, freshman Amy Li won gold at the Fourth Bi-Annual Junior Wushu World Competition in Macau, China.
From Aug. 9 to Aug. 13, junior Gabriella Studt competed alongside seven other American girls who represented the U.S. at the China Girls Math Olympiad (CGMO) in Guangzhou, China. The U.S. team consisted of Cynthia Day, Courtney Guo, Laura Pierson, Studt, Danielle Wang, Alicia Weng, Victoria Xia and Jingyi Zhao.
Senior Samuel Zbarsky and 11 other North American students went to the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to compete with over 30 teams from 26 countries around the world. The American and Canadian teams competed in both the individual and team events and did some sightseeing around the city.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of the U.S. Army allegedly killed 17 civilians in a shooting rampage near his military post in southern Afghanistan. As of March 22, the charges against Bales include 17 counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder, along with dereliction of duty and other breaches of army law.
Four of the suspected conspirators involved in the Megaupload.com charges were arrested in New Zealand. A cruise ship, The Concordia, crashed into a reef on the small Tuscan island, Giglio. The European Union will ban the import of Iranian crude oil and prohibit forms of trade. Standard & Poor downgraded European governments and stripped the bailout fund of its AAA status.
The month's biggest international stories: the bombings in Damascus, the violent aftermath of the Congo elections, Kim Jong Il's death and the Brazilian oil spill.
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck 115 miles to the southeast of Santa Ana, Bolivia at a depth of approximately 330 miles. Residents of La Paz, Bolivia's capital, located about 215 miles from Santa Ana, felt the quake.
After a powerful earthquake struck Turkey a few days ago, rescuers are still working around the clock in all types of weather to retrieve victims who are buried underneath the rubble. The earthquake killed 534 people and has left thousands of people without homes.
Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who, after the killing of Osama bin Laden, became the world's most wanted man. His 42-year reign came to an end when rebels captured him and his son Muatassim in the town of Surt, Gaddafi's birthplace.
Former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic refused to admit to charges that he was responsible for the death of over 100,000 Muslims and non-Serbs during the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995. Mladic is charged with genocide, extermination, murder, persecutions, deportation, inhumane acts and other crimes.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) jets attacked three Libyan sea ports overnight and destroyed eight Libyan warships. The campaign was intended to weaken Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces, which Gadhafi used to attack civilians.
Japanese officials increased the threat level at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from a five to a seven, the highest level on the international scale for nuclear accidents.
The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya in order to prevent leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces from reaching Benghazi and protect civilians.
n 8.9-magnitude earthquake, epicenter on the Miyagi Prefecture off the east coast of Japan, caused the formation of 30-foot tsunami. The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.
As unrest in the Middle East continues, Libyan protests initiated last week hit the nation's capital of Tripoli on Monday. Military forces killed dozens of protesters and arrested many more.
Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters piled into Tahrir Square protesting President Hosni Mubarak. Serving as President for the past 29 years, Murbarak is the longest serving leader of Egypt. Protests have continued for days in the hopes of putting an end to Mubarak's authoritarian regime that the President has deemed democratic.
Jan. 9 - Southern Sudan began a historic, week-long independence referendum in which thousands of exiled Sudanese returned to their villages. They will vote on seceding from an oppressive north government.
Dec. 14 - German doctors claimed HIV/AIDS and leukemia patient Timothy Ray Brown cured after using a bone marrow transplant to treat his cancer in 2007. Brown's donor, who had a genetic mutation known to give patients a natural immunity to the HIV, and apparently eradicated Brown's virus.
Dec.11-Nearly 200 countries attending the United Nations climate change conference agreed to create a $100 billion fund to help developing nations deal with global warming and to increase efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation.
Nov.19-20 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Lisbon this weekend focused on coordinating the end of the Afghanistan war, placating with Iranian threats on European nations, and forging closer ties with Russia.
Nov. 9—President Hugo Chavez announced that the Venezuelan government will take over Owens-Illinois glass manufacturing plants in the United States.
Oct. 13 – 69 days after the Copiapo mine collapse, rescue teams brought all 33 trapped Chilean miners safely to the surface.
Sept. 18 – After the second Afghanistan parliamentary elections since 2001, International Election Monitors expressed concern over alleged ballot stuffing, voter fraud, and widespread violence throughout the election process. Elections were held for 249 seats in the Afghan Parliament or Wolesi Jirga for a five year term.
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