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CONSTRUCTIVES - 16 June 2011

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Published on Jun 27, 2011

The world is full of good news. The following are just a few ...

The European Union on Monday, June 13 announced a donation of more than US$1 million to Chile for disaster prevention and risk reduction projects, with an additional US$2.2 million going toward development of the nation's hospitals and early warning systems in case of tsunamis.

In welcoming 25 poets from North, Central and Latin America as well as Africa and Europe, Venezuela's capital Caracas opens the 8th World Poetry Festival on Sunday, June 12 where writers and poets gather to celebrate excellence in literary arts.

Providing assurance that China will only engage in friendly discussions to resolve a longstanding territorial matter, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei calls for more dialogue with neighboring nations regarding rights to the Paracel and Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Organized by the German Vegetarian Association, a cucumber eating contest was held in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, June 14, to raise consumer confidence after the recent E.coli scare that the vegetables are safe to eat.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency sends emergency supplies such as blankets, plastic sheets, water tanks and water purifiers worth US$150,000 to Namibia to help the people affected by recent devastating floods.

As announced on Sunday in Iran's Tehran Times, puppet show "Today, Tomorrow, and the Day After Tomorrow," depicting the life of Persian mystic Mansur Al-Hallaj, won Best Original Performance and Best Actor awards at the Czech Republic's World Festival of Puppet Art Prague.

Speaking from a hospital bed in Cuba on Sunday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reports that he is in good condition following emergency surgery performed while on a state visit, as he also commends the excellence of Cuban medical care and says that he will be home soon.

In New York, USA, canine Sasha is honored with the "2011 Scarlett Award for Heroism" for her persistent alert when she saw an elderly neighbor lying in the snow after a fall, which led to the neighbor's lifesaving rescue.

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