What’s Going On?

KSA Women Now Vote
Saudi Arabian women voted for the first time in December 2015 in local council elections and also stood as candidates. It was a step hailed by some activists in the Islamic patriarchy as a historic change, but by others as merely symbolic.
 


A New Habitable Planet
Scientists have just discovered the nearest habitable planet to Earth, named Wolf 1061 exoplanet, which is just 14 light
years away.

 
 

Mars 2030
NASA is planning a human mission to Mars for the 2030s and the agency has opened its application process to aspiring astronauts. Anyone interested in a little get-away?
 

Ovarian Cancer Early Detection
There is new hope for early detection of ovarian cancer. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers found that a simple blood test combined with an ultrasound reduces the risk of dying from the disease by 20%.
 

No Beauty Queen Since 1972
Iraq got its first beauty queen since 1972. The jury chose Shaima Abdul Rahman, a tall, green-eyed 20-year-old from Iraq’s multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk. There was more talking than glamorous strutting during the pageant as the contestants wore the traditional high heels and evening dresses, but pitched their charity projects to the jury.
 
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Second Largest River in Bolivia Dries

Lake Poopo, Bolivia’s formerly second largest lake after the famed Titicaca, has dried up entirely. With the water now gone, the local families, having lost much of their sustenance, and are now being left with no choice other than to migrate.
 

Meow for Mayor
Tired of the dog-eat-dog politics in their Russian city, the residents of Barnaul say they want a cat to be their next mayor. The Siberian city, comprised of 650,000 people, asked residents to express their preferences among the six candidates and a Siamese cat named Barsik showed the feline nabbing more than 90% of the vote.
 


Cholera Hits Again
Kenya’s cholera epidemic has reached the world’s largest refugee camp and doctors worry the outbreak could continue to spread. Seven people have already died in Dadaab, in northern Kenya near the border with Somalia, since the outbreak was declared
in November.

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