December 12, 2014

Top News Stories –

Star Wars character names posted by director –
The names of characters in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to be released in December 2015 have been revealed in a mocked-up set of trading cards. John Boyega will be Finn, Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron and Daisy Ridley’s character is called Rey. Director JJ Abrams confirmed the names via some old school trading cards, in reference to when the Star Wars films were first released in the 1970s.
Oscar_IsaacOscar Issac

World’s longest ship launched –
Shanghai-based marine-shipping company China Shipping Container Lines has launched the world’s largest container ship, the “CSCL Globe”. The ship is more than 400m (1,312ft or a quarter of a mile) long, 56.8m (186ft) wide, 73m (240ft) high and 186,000 tonnes gross. The ship, which is longer than four football pitches, is making its maiden voyage from Shanghai to Europe.
CSCL_GlobeThe CSCL Globe

Marriage proposal fail –
A Dutchman’s attempt at a romantic wedding proposal using a mobile crane has resulted in the crane falling over and smashing into a neighbour’s roof. The man had rented a crane in the central town of Ijsselstein to descend in front of his girlfriend’s bedroom window, play her a song and ask her to marry him. Despite the disaster in which no-one was hurt, his girlfriend agreed to marry him.

Pope avoids Dalai Lama meeting –
Pope Francis will not meet the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama because of the “delicate situation” with China, according to the Vatican. The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after Chinese troops crushed an attempted uprising in Tibet and China describes him as a separatist. The Vatican does not want to jeopardise improving relations between itself and China.
Pope_Francis Pope Francis

Video of the Day –

Star Wars – The Force Awakens Official Trailer –

List of the day –

Star Wars Movies

Film Release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Producer(s) Status
Original trilogy
Star Wars May 25, 1977 George Lucas George Lucas Gary Kurtz Released
The Empire Strikes Back May 21, 1980 Irvin Kershner Leigh Brackett & Lawrence Kasdan
Return of the Jedi May 25, 1983 Richard Marquand George Lucas & Lawrence Kasdan Howard Kazanjian
Prequel trilogy
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace May 19, 1999 George Lucas George Lucas Rick McCallum Released
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones May 16, 2002 George Lucas & Jonathan Hales
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith May 19, 2005 George Lucas
Animated special
Star Wars: The Clone Wars August 15, 2008 Dave Filoni Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching &Scott Murphy George Lucas & Catherine Winder Released
Sequel trilogy
Star Wars: The Force Awakens December 18, 2015 J. J. Abrams Lawrence Kasdan & J. J. Abrams Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams &Bryan Burk Post-production
Star Wars Episode VIII May 26, 2017[21] Rian Johnson Rian Johnson Kathleen Kennedy Pre-production

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Other News Stories –

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Law and crime
  • An unknown person shoots four people outside of Rosemary Anderson High School, an alternative high school inPortland, Oregon. Police later question a 22-year-old man. (CNN) (MSN), (AP)
  • Prosecutors at Sary-Arqa District Court in Astana charge 30-year old Yevgeny Vdovenko, a Kazakh citizen, of intentional and illegal participation in a military conflict abroad because he had fought alongside pro-Russian separatists in easternUkraine. (Radio Free Europe)
  • A Palestinian man throws a chemical substance believed to be acid at an Israeli family that stopped to pick up a hitchhiker. No terrorist groups claim credit for the attack. (Reuters)
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