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4 pieces of news that do not involve the Olympics

August 6, 2012
  • Syria has been at ‘breaking point’ for a lot longer than the term ‘breaking point’ should be used and now the Prime Minister Riad Hijab has defected from Assad’s regime after only being appointed two months ago. President Assad is losing his support and his inner circle is dwindling with Mr Hijab being the highest profile defector to date. For months the government has been described as a ‘turning point’ or ‘crumbling’ but bloodshed has just continued – when will this come to an end? And why is Assad holding on, what possible solutions can he see that the rest of us cannot?
    Syria’s prime minister defects (bbc.co.uk)
  • Nasa‘s rover ‘Curiosity‘ has landed successfully on Mars in a crater called Gale. It should operate for at least two years and will be looking for any chemical clues to that Mars may have once supported life. Pictures have already been sent back to the earth however colour ones are expected soon. This has renewed the $60 billion question – when will the first man be put on Mars?
    ‘Today on Mars we made history on Earth’ (itv.com)

    Curiosity Rover Lifts Off for Mars

  • Conservative backbencher Louise Mensch has announced her resignation as MP for Corby automatically producing a by-election for this marginal seat which will probably take place in November. The government and increasingly Cameron is having a tough time at the moment and this by-election will be seen as testing the popularity water ahead of the 2015 election.
    Conservative Louise Mensch to stand down as an MP (independent.co.uk)
  • In an annual event, Japan is marking the 67th anniversary of Hiroshima amid anti-nuclear protests and a growing anxiousness about nuclear still spreading across the country since Fukishima. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, at the ceremony, said the lessons of Hiroshima must not be forgotten. “We will establish an energy mix with which people can feel safe in the long- and medium-term, based on our policy that we will not rely on nuclear power,” he said.
    Japan Marks 67th Anniversary of Hiroshima Atomic Bombing (blogs.voanews.com)
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