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Aug 30-Sept 03 News Highlights

August 30 – September 3
African states assemble; Disappeared remembered; Nasa reveals details of hurricane project; Indian BlackBerry talks; Film stars converge on Venice; Russia tiger summit; Dalai Lama honoured in India


Climate panel review

The InterAcademy Council committee that conducted an independent review of the procedures of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivers its report to Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, and Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC chairman, in New York City.

EU integration push

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich pays his first official visit to Germany to push for integration into the European Union. He and German chancellor Angela Merkel will also discuss organised crime and terrorism.

Disappeared remembered

The International Day of the Disappeared is marked by Amnesty International and other activists. In 2006, the UN’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances had 45,998 outstanding cases of “disappearance” on its registers.

Trade policy on the table

The European parliament committee on international trade, responsible for the common commercial policy and its external economic relations, meets in Brussels. Its rural development and fisheries committees also meet.

African states assemble

The 60th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa takes place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (until September 3). The committee, the organisation’s governing body in the region, comprises health ministers from 46 member states.

Mariachi folk festival

The International Mariachi and Charreria festival takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico. The festival (until September 6), attracts nearly 2m people and features Catholic masses accompanied by mariachis in the city’s cathedral, as well as a parade of mariachi groups and folk ballet artists, mariachi competitions, rodeos, Mexican art and food.


Short sell ban expires

A short-selling ban on shares on the Athens bourse expires. The ban, agreed on April 28, was extended from June 28 in an attempt to stabilise the markets.

Hurricane data mission

Nasa gives details at Edwards Air Force Base, California, of its Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system and its role in a Nasa hurricane study. It is part of a five-week Nasa Earth science campaign to enable scientists to better understand how hurricanes form and strengthen.

US ends combat role

The US is scheduled to end combat operations in Iraq with US forces due to be reduced to 50,000, down from a peak of more than 140,000. The US mission will shift from combat to supporting and training Iraqi security forces.

Indian BlackBerry talks

Officials representing the Indian government meet with the makers of the BlackBerry, Research In Motion, to address fears that the handsets could be used by insurgents for terror attacks like the 2008 Mumbai bombings.


Blair memoirs published

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair’s memoirs, Tony Blair: The Journey are published by Hutchinson. The book covers Mr Blair’s political and personal life and is said to provide an insight into the man, the politician and the statesman.

Study in competition

The World Economic Forum publishes The Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011, a comprehensive assessment of the comparative strengths and weaknesses of national economies.

Screen stars in Venice

The 67th annual Venice Film Festival (until September 11) screens films at venues in the Lido. The event traditionally sponsors non-Hollywood films. Director Quentin Tarantino leads the jury, while director and producer John Woo will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Russia tiger summit

In Vladivostok, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin and World Bank president Robert Zoellick chair a summit to take high-level action to secure the future of the tiger.


Interest rate decisions

The European Central Bank meets in Frankfurt. Last month both the European Central Bank and Bank of England opted to keep their main rates unchanged at record low levels, where they have been for 15 months.

Hints on US jobs

The employment website Monster.com releases its Employment Index for the US. Monster’s index, from one of the 20 most visited websites, is an early gauge of the overall economy.

Dalai Lama honoured

Tibetans living in exile in India are set to honour the Dalai Lama with a golden seal for leading the Tibetan democratic system in exile at a public function at the biggest Tibetan settlement in India, Bylakuppe near Mysore. The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in India with other Tibetans who fled Tibet in 1959 to escape from Chinese forces.


Employment data release

The US Bureau of Labour Statistics releases employment figures for August.

Ukip conference

The UK Independence party holds its annual conference (until September 4) at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay. Ukip failed to win any seats in the 2010 general election.

Home electronics show

IFA, the world’s largest trade show for consumer electronics, opens in Berlin (Until September 8). The trade show features more than 1,200 exhibitors.

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