Economy, Europe, Travel   

The world’s longest railway tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, was opened after many years of construction. Trains can travel at speeds of up to 250 km an hour through the 57 km long tunnel. It took 17 years to complete…

   Economy, Environment, Technology   

The largest offshore windfarm in the world will be built about 20 km off the Scottish coast. According to the Norwegian energy company Statoil, which will operate the the windfarm, turbines will generate about 30 megawatts of electricity through wind…

   Asia, History, Politics   

Barack Obama has become the first American president  to visit Hiroshima.  During his recent visit to Japan he visited the city which was destroyed by the first atomic bomb. Together with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama laid a wreath at the…

   Asia, History   

In May 1966 Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong began a campaign which became known as the Cultural Revolution. Opposition leaders and intellectuals who were against Mao’s leadership were removed from power and high positions. Many of them were executed. The…

   Europe, Travel   

London’s Heathrow Airport is celebrating its 70th anniversary.  The airport opened commercial services in 1946. Today over 70 million people pass through Heathrow Airport every year. It services 180 destinations  in 90 countries. Over 93% of all passengers are international…

   Health and Medicine, North America, Politics, Society   

The American pharmaceutical conmpany Pfizer has said it will no longer sell drugs that can be used for lethal injections to the Amercian government.  A total of 7 substances on the list are mostly used for operations and certain illnesses but are also…

   Travel, World   

Volunteering to help people in need combined with travelling to faraway places is a new trend in the travel industry.It is called voluntourism. People travel to other countries, learn languages and other cultures and gain new experiences. On the other side,…

   Technology, Travel   

Laser pointer attacks against aircraft pilots are on the rise. They are becoming a growing threat to passenger planes, especially during take-offs and landings. In the United States alone over 3000 laser pointer incidents are reported every year. More and more…

   Art and Architecture, Asia, History   

India wants the world famous Kohinoor diamond back from Great Britain. It denies that the diamond was given to the British East India Company by Punjab rulers. The Indian government has said that it wants to persuade Britain to give back…

   Europe, Politics   

Labour Member of Parliament Sadiq Khan has been elected the new mayor of London with a stunning 57% of the popular vote. The 45-year-old Khan is the son of a Pakistani bus driver and the first Muslim leader of a…