Most Islamic states observe 'Quds Day' an annual event, which happens on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Jerusalem Day (Quds Day) was launched by the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, in the early of 1980s.
North Carolina authorities Friday began evacuating Hatteras Island as Hurricane Irene began lashing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. North Carolina authorities Friday began evacuating Hatteras Island as Hurricane Irene began lashing the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. Irene, a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph sustained winds, was about 330 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C., moving north at 14 mph.
Chilean student protests are snowballing into a political storm with President Sebastian Pinera finding himself right at the center of it and not liking it.
The millionaire president, who retains vast business interests but swears by arrangements aimed at avoiding conflicts of interests, faced widening revolt this week after increasing numbers of labor union members and teachers threw their support behind students.
A central union of workers added to general calls for education reforms a longer list of changes, which includes a redrafting of the constitution and statutes to remove what critics see as vestiges of the past military dictatorial regimes, notably the highly controversial rule of Gen. Augusto Pinochet from 1973-90.
The Unitary Central for Workers called for a nationwide strike for the second consecutive day Thursday and invited other unions to join the protest action.
Student protests against high tuition fees began about two months ago and focused on private academic institutions operating with impunity, alleged corruption and favoritism in the education system.
Protest leaders said they hoped to make the rallies "the biggest national strike of the last decade." It is the first 48-hour national strike since the Pinochet dictatorship.
It looks like the series of natural disasters over the course of 2011 so far, ranging from the catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan to the rampant tornado damage across the Midwest U.S., will continue as Hurricane Irene creeps toward the East Coast.
The Global Leaders for Peace gala is the kickoff event for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial weekend. The Memorial will be dedicated on Sunday, the 48th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech. UPI
A 5.8 earthquake hit the U.S. at around 1:55 p.m. EST, reportedly originating from Mineral, VA according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was felt across the country, from Washington, D.C. and New York City to North Carolina. Buildings were evacuated across the East Coast, including the Pentagon.
Nafissatou Diallo, the woman who has accused former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, and Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson speak to the media after a meeting with the District Attorney at the 80 Centre Street in New York City on August 8, 2011. Prosecutors in the office of Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, have filed papers requesting that all charges be dropped against Kahn.
The $120 million memorial to Martin Luther King Jr opens to the public today August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. The memorial features a 30-foot-tall statue of civil rights leader and is located near the Tidal Basin on the Washington Mall. The official opening dedication will be on Sunday, August 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
A funeral is held for five Palestinians killed in an Israeli airstrike. Israeli fighter jets bombed Gaza in retaliation to a series of coordinated attacks on August 18 near the southern Israeli sea resort of Eilat that left eight dead.
The new Kim Kardashian in wedding dress wax figure is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on August 18, 2011. Kardashian is allegedly to be married this weekend in a private ceremony. UPI/Phil McCarten
Funeral for Staff Sergeant Moshe Naftali in the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, August 19, 2011. Naftali was killed in southern Israel in a terrorist attack yesterday. Eight Israelis were killed in three terrorists attacks by Palestinians from Gaza who crossed into Israel through Egypt. UPI/Debbie Hill
China has 271 billionaires, including Sany Group construction giant's Liang Wengen, the richest with $11 billion, the 2011 Hurun Rich List reported.
China's most affluent group expanded rapidly again this year, spurred by the country's construction boom and growing retail market, the Hurun Research Institute, which prepared the list, said Wednesday, China Daily reported.
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