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 Wednesday, January 21, 2009

world news today
Wednesday 21st January 2009


President number 44America's first black president, Barack Obama, was inaugurated in Washington yesterday. Millions listened attentively as he delivered a charismatic address full of passion and hope, which cut to the heart of cataclysmic problems affecting a world in crisis.

"Things are going to be different round here," he said. "Stronger. Fairer. Hopefuller. This is a threefold challenge. We must acknowledge our responsibilities, face up to our duties, and aspire to our destinies. We must strive to attain, and reach for prosperity, and delve deep into our thesauruses. It's not going to be easy, because my predecessor made a complete balls-up of absolutely everything he touched. But change we can, and change we must, and change we will. And I am the catalyst of that change."

After Obama had finished speaking, he sat back down and his wife smiled a lot. The distant crowd burst into spontaneous cheers and waved flags. Some of the onlookers reflected on the turbulent life of civil rights campaigner Dr Martin Luther King and his struggle for equality and acceptance. Others downloaded photographs to their Facebook accounts saying "look at me, I am here, and it is very special". Then a woman in a warm coat read a poem, and the world was born anew.

And so, from coast to coast across the land of the free, millions of Americans will wake this morning to a transformed nation. The sun will shine a little brighter, the economy will glow a little stronger, and the end of prejudice will edge a little closer. All hail the Obama nation! Because, for a moment in time, anything is possible...
Immediate Gaza ceasefire announced
Gun amnesty overwhelms LA police
Washington to twin with Baghdad
Millions volunteer for community service
Starbucks rebrands as soup kitchen
US signs up to Kyoto Protocol
Guantanamo to be Disney theme park
Hillary reveals "I love Obama" tattoo
Homeless syndicate wins lotto jackpot
Osama Bin Laden hands himself in
World Bank finds $400bn under mattress
"I apologise unreservedly" says Bush
Free healthcare for all US citizens
Share prices on Wall Street double
Same-sex marriages get Papal blessing
Chocolate is good for you, official
Influx of Mexican immigrants welcomed
New oil gushes to surface in Texas
Entire Republican Party resigns
Antarctic melting reverses overnight
Islam adopted as Alaska's official religion
Survey shows racism eradicated
Senate stands down nuclear option
Fox News praises "a bright new age"
Chess-playing dolphin found off Cuba
Second Coming passes by unnoticed
Aliens land in DC with cure for cancer
Barack retires - "My job is done"

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