Ten World Current Events

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Ten current world events

Submitted by : Thea Dacyl C. Madrilejo of 9-Courtesy

Submitted to: Ms. Carolyn Anne Buen
Current Event #1: The 2012 London Summer Olympics
The Games of the XXX Olympiad or London 2012 started from July 27, 2012 to August 12, 2012, which took place in London, United Kingdom. More than 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees participated. The Games received much praise for their organization, with the volunteers, the British military and public enthusiasm. During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of al time, with 22nd medal. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time, so that every currently eligible country has sent a female competitor to at least one Olympic Games.

Current Event #2: Obama wins his second term through reelection With Florida’s 29 electoral votes undecided, Barack Obama won 303 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. America’s first black president secured more than the 270 votes in the electoral college need to win. The Democrats also retained their majority in the Senate. In his victory speech, he challenged his opponents, asking them to work with him. He also said he would talk to Mr. Romney about working together to move their country forward.

Current Event #3: Gunman attacks Connecticut school, 27 pronounced dead Identified as Adam Lanza, 20, the gunman was found dead at the scene of the crime, Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown. With two 9mm handguns, he killed 20 young children, and six adults, and then took his own life. Police originally misidentified the suspect as Ryan Lanza, his brother, but it was later said that Ryan was nowhere near the shooting, and is cooperating with the investigation. He said that Adam had a history of mental illness, but the motive for the killings remain unknown. President Barack Obama said that the tragedy had broken the hearts of Americans.

Current Event #4: Pope Benedict XVI resigns from the papal throne The first resignation to ever befall the papal throne in six centuries, the world was baffled as Pope Benedict XVI resigned quietly and efficiently. His term as Pope was shrouded in controversy and scandal with his dealings of anything other than preaching the Doctrine. Now the church faces a dilemma as they wish to swear in a new Pope before Easter Sunday, March 31. Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement lies in mystery, and very few are privileged with the information. After he delivered a moving and personal farewell speech to over 150,000 constituents, he boarded the helicopter and hid away from public eye.

Current Event #5: Shooter rampages a Batman movie showing
The midnight showing of the latest Batman movie is now associated with terror and fear as a shooter entered the cinema and killed people left and right. He came in the cinema heavily armed and apparently, a great fan of the Joker. The moviegoers originally assumed he was part of the movie, or perhaps just a publicity stunt, but they proven wrong when some of their companions were fatally shot. The shooter was identified as, James Holmes, who fired randomly 30 minutes into the movie. He was dressed in tactical clothing, set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.

Current Event #6: Mars Science Laboratory explores the Red Planet

Mars Science Laboratory - nicknamed Curiosity - is by far the largest and most powerful rover ever sent to Mars. Among its many instruments is the first video camera taken to another planet. As well as filming the surface, it also records the descent through the atmosphere, in HD quality. The rover also features the first 3D camera on Mars. The mission has four goals:

to determine if life ever arose on Mars
to characterise the climate of Mars
to characterise the geology of Mars
to prepare for human exploration.

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