Kenya: Biden’s Wife Tours Dadaab to Address Devastating Drought

American Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Dr Jill Biden is in Kenya. Mrs Biden is being led by high-level US Government delegation to access the impact of drought in the Horn of Africa. Her tour was shrouded in secrecy. The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was not privy to her itinerary. The US … Read more Kenya: Biden’s Wife Tours Dadaab to Address Devastating Drought

UK Riots 2011: FA Cancels England V Holland Friendly

The Football Association has cancelled a friendly football match between England and Holland following riots in London that have diverted the resources of police throughout England. The match was scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 10th August 2011. Saying that emergency services were unable to guarantee the safety of visiting fans, the … Read more UK Riots 2011: FA Cancels England V Holland Friendly

UK Riots 2011: 16,000 Officers Called in to Police London as Cameron’s “Big Society” Breaks Down

16,000 police officers were called into the capital of the United Kingdom on Tuesday 9th August as riots continued following the shooting of Marc Duggan in Tottenham. All police leave has been cancelled, the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and London Mayor have all returned from their holidays to deal with the crisis and Parliament has … Read more UK Riots 2011: 16,000 Officers Called in to Police London as Cameron’s “Big Society” Breaks Down

Israel Legalises Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Israel legalised medicinal cannabis in a cabinet meeting on Sunday 7th August 2011. The move was designed to recognise that “medical use of cannabis is necessary in certain cases”. The Israeli Police and the Israel Anti-Drug Authority will oversee the import and local cultivation of the drug. Cannabis has been associated with psychosis, but has been … Read more Israel Legalises Cannabis for Medicinal Use

38 Soldiers Die in Helicopter Crash in Maidan Wardak Province, Afghanistan

38 soldiers have died in Maidan Wardak province in Afghanistan following contact with the Taleban. 31 United States Special Forces troopers were killed along with seven member of the Afghan National Security Forces. President Hamid Karzai expressed his deep sympathies and condolences to President Barack Obama and the families and relatives of the victims. The … Read more 38 Soldiers Die in Helicopter Crash in Maidan Wardak Province, Afghanistan

Yingluck Shinawatra Voted New Prime Minister of Thailand

At the 28th meeting of the National Assembly on 5th August 2011, 296 MPs appointed Yingluck Shinawatra as the new Prime Minister of Thailand. The Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, was swift to congratulate Ms Shinawatra: “On behalf of the Chinese Government and in my own name, I wish to extend to Your Excellency the warmest congratulations … Read more Yingluck Shinawatra Voted New Prime Minister of Thailand

US Credit Rating Downgraded by Standard & Poor for First Time in History

The United States’ credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor on Friday night to AA+, one notch below the coveted AAA rating maintained by countries such as Australia, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK. The historic decision was related to political wrangling in Washington over raising the debt ceiling as well as concerns that the … Read more US Credit Rating Downgraded by Standard & Poor for First Time in History

Australia Voices Concerns Over Arrests of Fiji Trade Unionists

Australia has voiced its concerns to Fiji over the arrest of two trade unionists including Daniel Urai and Dinesh Gounder. The pair have been charged under Public Emergency Regulations that stipulate a permit is required for meetings between trade unionists. On Friday 5th August 2011, the two appeared before Nadi Magistrate Court at 1.30pm charged with … Read more Australia Voices Concerns Over Arrests of Fiji Trade Unionists

Typhoon Muifa to Hit Hangzhou and Shanghai

Typhoon Muifa is forecast to cross over the Chinese coast from the East China Sea over the next five days bringing gusts of up to 115 knots to major cities including Hangzhou and Shanghai. National marine forecasters in China have warned sea-goers of bad weather and high waves, issuing an orange wave warning. Officials have … Read more Typhoon Muifa to Hit Hangzhou and Shanghai

Budget Control Act of 2011 Passes House of Representatives 269 – 161

The Budget Control Act of 2011 passed as an amendment (S. 365) to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 on Monday 1st August 2011. 269 members of congress voted for the legislation and a significant proportion – 161 – voted against it. One such detractor was Republican presidential candidate for 2012, Ron Paul, who … Read more Budget Control Act of 2011 Passes House of Representatives 269 – 161