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Nuclear Security Summit

President Barack Obama open the 47-nation Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.  The president says he wants new commitments to secure weapons-grade plutonium and uranium to prevent nuclear terrorism.

With concerns about the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea a major backdrop to the conference, this is the biggest U.S.-sponsored gathering of world leaders in more than 60 years.

The New START treaty was signed on April 8, 2010 in Prague by U.S. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev and Iran will hold the Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non- Proliferation, 2010, announced on April 4, 2010 and to be held April 17–18, 2010.

The Summit is the largest gathering of heads of state called by a United States president since the 1945 United Nations Conference on International Organization. Delegations from forty-six governments plus the United States are attending, thirty-eight of which are represented by heads of state or government. Read More…

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Jordanian king dissolves parliament

The King of Jordan, King Abdullah, dissolved the country’s parliament on Tuesday, half-way through its four year term, and called for early general elections to be held, up to two years ahead of schedule.

الملك عبد الله الثاني بن الحسين

King Abdullah

The monarch did not immediately provide a reason for the move; however, there have recently been reports accusing the parliament of handling legislation ineptly, and even of being corrupt.

The king’s decree ordered the civil service to host new elections to replace the 110-member parliament, although an exact date for the polls hasn’t yet been named.

Critics of the parliament have said that its members didn’t properly address issues such as unemployment and poverty.

The opposition, however, asserted that the house had been disbanded so that the government could use emergency laws to pass legislation.

King Abdullah has now disbanded the parliament two times since he came to power in 1999.

On this day October 14, 1953

Israeli military commander Ariel Sharon and his Unit 101 special forces attacked the village of Qibya on the West Bank, destroying 45 buildings, killing 42 villagers, and wounding 15 others.

Qibya Massacre

According to the Mixed Armistice Commission report, approved on the afternoon immediately following the operation, and delivered by Major General Vagn Bennike to the UN Security Council, the raid at Qibya took place on the evening of October 14, 1953 at around 9.30 pm, and was taken by roughly half a battalion strength of soldiers from the Israeli regular army. Read More…

On this day September 6, 1970

Members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked four jet aircraft en route from Europe to New York City, landing two of them at Dawson’s Field in Zerqa, Jordan, and one plane in Beirut, Lebanon. The fourth hijacking was successfully foiled.

The planes during the PFLP-hosted press conference

Dawson's Field

In the hijackings four jet aircraft bound for New York City were hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

TWA Flight 741 from Frankfurt am Main (a Boeing 707) and Swissair Flight 100 from Zürich-Kloten Airport (a Douglas DC-8) landed at Al Azraq – also known as Dawson’s Field – a remote desert airstrip in Jordan formerly used as a British Royal Air Force base. Read More…