North America, Science   

The San Andreas Fault runs through California and is one of the most important earthquake lines in the world. Geologists now predict that a major earthquake, the so-called “Big One” will occur somewhere along that line soon. While the northern part of…

   Politics, Society, World   

According to a survey published by an Australian human rights organisation almost 46 million people around the world are living as slaves. Two years ago 35 million people were thought to be living in some form of modern slavery. The highest number…

   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…

   Sport   

The greatest boxer of all times, Muhammad Ali, died on June 1, 2016 in Arizona. Ali, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for 3 decades died of breathing problems, as a spokesperson for his family announced. Muhammad Ali was probably the…

   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…

   Health and Medicine, Sport   

Is running a marathon under two hours possible?  Will a human ever be able to run that fast? Currently, the world record for the 42.195 km (26.219 miles) distance is held by the Kenyan Dennis Kimetto. His time of 2:02:57 hours…

   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…