25 Sept, 1999 Indonesia Controversial New Laws Withdrawn
September 25th, 1999 : Following two days of rioting over the additional powers given to the military under the prevention of danger bill during which time seven people were killed. The Indonesian Government has postponed the implementation, but not withdrawn which is why the protests are still continuing.
Powers Included in Prevention of Danger Bill:
1. Imprisonment without trial
2. Ban on demonstrations
3. Control of news and media
4. Prevent Individuals from entering or leaving the country
25 Sept, 2003 France Heat Wave
2003 : As the heat wave comes to an end in France the Health Ministry confirms that nearly 15,000 had died from the extreme temperatures (7 days with 40 °C / 104 °F or more recorded) in August with most of those being the elderly. Due to the extreme temperatures and the fact that most homes and retirement homes are not equipped with air conditioning. August is traditionally the month when many people, including government ministers and physicians, are on vacation and many of the elderly are left to fend for themselves in homes that were not suitable for that type of weather.
25 Sept, 2004 West Africa Plague of Locusts
2004 : West Africa including Chad, Mali, Gambia, Niger and Mauritania are suffering the worst Plague of Locusts in 40 years. The locusts are clearing hundreds of thousands of acres of the meager crops these countries can produce and because the numbers of swarms are so high pesticide control is unable to keep up. Most of these countries have suffered from droughts in recent years and if the locusts continue famine on a massive scale will occur once again.
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25 Sept, 2006 Ecuador Bus Crash
2006 : A bus turned over after losing control on a steep and winding road near Quito, Ecuador. Forty-seven of the fifty-two passengers on the bus were killed.
25 Sept, 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
September 25th, 2007 : The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York declared UN Security Council sanctions against his country are illegal, during his long running speech he reiterated his assertions that all of his country’s nuclear activities are “peaceful and transparent.”
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25 Sept, 2007 Magnetic Levitation Rail Service
2007 : After solving some financial troubles, the German state of Bavaria is set to build the country’s first magnetic levitation rail service. The cost of the project is estimated at 2.6 billion dollars. Magnetic Levitation Rail works using a large number of magnets for lift and propulsion and has the potential to be faster, quieter and smoother than wheeled mass transit systems.
25 Sept, 2009 G20 Summit Global Credit Crisis
September 25th, 2009 : The second G20 Summit to discuss Global Credit Crisis and Financial Meltdown convenes in Pittsburgh, in addition to the G20 countries which consists of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and The European Union additional representatives from Spain, the Netherlands, (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) NEPAD, (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ASEAN, the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO, (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) APEC, and the (Financial Stability Forum) FSF bankers and the like. The size and scope of the meeting provides an indication of how worried world leaders were over the World’s Economy and also set the tone for future meetings by expanding meetings on important world events to include emerging economies in addition to the original G8 countries.
25 Sept, 2009 Poland Chemically Castrate Sex Offenders
2009 : The Polish parliament passed a law that made it mandatory to chemically castrate sex offenders who raped children under fifteen or relatives. The law came as a part of a bill that increased the penalties for pedophilia.
25 Sept, 2011 Saudi Arabian Women’s Rights
2011 : King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced that women would be given the right to vote and run in municipal elections in the country amid calls for greater women’s rights. He also announced that women could now be appointed to the Shura Council, a consultative body.
25 Sept, 2012 North Korean Parliament Holds Second Session
2012 : The North Korean parliament held a second session, an unusual occurrence in the secretive country. News of the second session fueled speculation that the government might introduce some economic reforms in the future.
25 Sept, 2013 Muppets Inducted Into Smithsonian
September 25th, 2013 : Several Muppets created by the late Jim Henson were donated to the Smithsonian Museum of American History to join the already featured Kermit the Frog. Some of the characters that were donated were Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Elmo.