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From An Ice Cold Split To a Red Hot Deal – This Is World News In Focus


US: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Robert wished injustice, betrayal, loneliness, and bad luck upon middle school students at a commencement ceremony at the Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire a month ago, according to several US media outlets.

However, while at first shocking, there was a deeper message in Robert’s speech.

“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty,” the Chief Justice said.

The speech went viral a few weeks later when a Washington Post column described the speech as the “best thing” Roberts wrote this term.

What’s your verdict?

For more we go to the Cardigan Mountain School:


Science: A massive iceberg split away from Antarctica on Wednesday.

The runaway iceberg, one of the 10 largest recorded, weighs more than a trillion tonnes, and measures 5,800 square kilometers in area.

The calving of the iceberg from Antarctica would reduce the total surface area of the Larsen C ice shelf, a long ice shelf in the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, by more than 12 percent.

The floating iceberg may present a hazard for ships in the neighboring waters. Fortunately though, sea levels will not immediately rise, according to Project MIDAS, a UK-based Antarctic research project.

Scientists think the shift in the ice shelves in Antarctica is normal and is not a direct result of climate change.

For more we go to CBS News:


Brazil: Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sentenced nine-and-a-half years imprisonment for corruption and money-laundering on Wednesday.

Judge Sergio Moro said the former president took part in the corruption scheme where he helped an engineering company win contracts with the state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras.  Billions of dollars were said to have been paid to middlemen, executives and politicians for fat contracts.

But Lula insists he is innocent, and his conviction was politically motivated in order to remove him from the political scene.

The once “most popular” politician according to Obama, is not to be deterred as he told supporters in São Paulo that he intended to run for re-election next year.

Lula da Silva will remain free while he appeals, but the sentencing would likely affect his chance of winning the presidency again.

For more we go to the Financial Times:


Business: Chinese state-owned COSCO Shipping Holdings offered to buy the world’s seventh-biggest container shipping line, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), for US$6.3 billion.

COSCO Shipping will be the world’s third-biggest container line after the acquisition.

The deal symbolizes China’s ambitions to dominate global trade, according to the Financial Times.

Shares in both companies hiked on Monday following the announcement of the cash deal. COSCO’s shares traded in Hong Kong jumped 4.7 percent while Orient Overseas’ shares soared 19.5 percent, the New York Times reported.

OOCL is controlled by the family of former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-Hwa who resigned for health reasons after seven years of unpopular governorship.

For more we go to Universal Cargo:


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Lead-In Image (Larsen C Ice Shelf Rift) Courtesy of Photographer John Sonntag/NASA and Swansea University

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