January 20, 2009
Man of Destiny The American people and the world see history in the making as Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States of America on January 20, 2009.
The inauguration of the Democrat Senator as the first African-American president marks a significant and profound milestone for the American people. It has turned into reality what many considered the politically impossible.
People remembered watching on TV as civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 of his dream for America. The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964.
Hours before his historic swearing-in as president, Obama has called on Americans to evoke the spirit of Dr King who was assassinated in his march for civil rights. Obama was attending a community project in Washington on the anniversary of the birth of Dr King. He told reporters:
"Given the crisis that we're in and the hardships that so many people are going through, we can't allow any idle hands."
On Monday, at a dinner honouring his presidential rival, John McCain, Obama hailed him as a "courageous public servant" with a long list of bipartisan accomplishments.
The inauguration in Washington is expected to see a record turnout for such an event with at least two million people to witness it.
As he takes his oath of office, the world will watch the televised event with great interest. It is all about a man of destiny who has promised CHANGE for the American people and a superpower nation that is bogged down in two wars - Iraq and Afghanistan.
January 18, 2009
The recent crash of a US Airways jetliner into the frigid waters of the Hudson River with all 155 passengers and crew surviving last Thursday was a 'miracle'. The cause of the crash was attributed to a flock of birds that collided with the plane over New York.
According to the FAA, planes have hit birds nearly 80,000 times from 1990 to 2007. In more than 9,000 cases, the damage was serious and eleven people have died. Armen Keteyian reports.
January 11, 2009
Israel-Gaza Conflict Speculation is rife that Israel will be adopting new tactics in its push against the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The Israelis have attacked Hamas targets by air, land and sea. The militants had fired more than 30 rockets across the border, according to Israel.
Gaza medical staff say more than 800 Palestinians have died in the two-week Israeli offensive. Israel suffered 13 dead, mostly troops.
There have been more protests in the Middle East and around the world about the continuing conflict in Gaza.
Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007. The conflict erupted as a six-month truce between Israel and Hamas was called off by the militant group who started launching rockets across the border into Israel.