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U.N. Plans to Send 300 More Monitors to Syria

The U.N. votes to send more monitors to Syria in hopes to help the recent cease fire.

The U.N. security supported a legal binding resolution, calling for peace and deployed of more monitors reported USA Today.

Along with the deployment on more monitors to Syria the U.N. called for an end to the violence and demanded compliance with Kofi Annan's 6-point plan reported CNN International.

According to USA Today, while the U.N. was talking peace in New York, the cease fire in Syria was broken in the Syrian city of Homs. Syrian troops shelled neighborhoods and rebel fighters fired rocket propelled grenades, both causing more damaged to the war stricken city.

This is the first time since the Syrian conflict that the U.N. has united behind a resolution to the war in Syria reported USA Today.

To Be or Not To Be...

The World Shakespeare Festival kicks off in Britain with over 30 theaters hosting 70 Shakespeare productions from companies based all over the world.

From June until September, running before, during and after the London Summer Olympic Games, Britain is hosting the London 2012 Festival reported The New York Times.

These productions of Shakespearian works range from 23 new productions to 21 productions that were made specifically for the festival its self reported Travel-News.

According to The New York Times, the productions aren't just limited to the theater, the festival also includes music, art, sculpture, film among others. The plan is to have an arts showcase that would rival the sports showcase that is the Olympics.

Events to look forward to include the reconstructed Shakespeare Globe Theaters production of 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 37 different languages reported Travel-News.

The festival doesn't come with a cheap price even after the recent government cut backs in the arts reported The New York Times.

According to The Guardian, the festival is said to cost more then $154 million.

"The Hunger Games" Takes the Box Office

"The Hunger Games" places first in the box office for the second week in a row in United States and Canada.

The movie raked in $61.1 million from Friday to Sunday taking first in the box office over "Wrath of the Titans", which produced $34.2 million dollars. "Hunger Games" had over a $251 profit in North America in the first 10 days of its release reported Toronto Sun.

The predecessor to "Wrath of the Titans", "Clash of the Titans", made $61.2 million last year, but opened on Easter, allowing a younger audience to see the movie reported the Huffington Post.

According to the Huffington Post, the movie in the last two weeks made over a $365 million dollars worldwide.

"The Hunger Games" on its way to making over $300 million dollars domestically, beating out other teen-fiction moive-books such as "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" reported the Huffington Post.

According to the Huffington Post, the movie industry has a $2.6 billion total in revenue in the United Stated this year, which is up 20 percent from last year.

King of Tonga, George Tupou V, dies at 63

King George Tupou V of Tonga, who turned the small nation from a monarchy into a more democratic government, died on Sunday at a Honk Kong hospital. He died at the age of 63.

According to The New York Times the kings death was reported by the Tonga prime minister over a radio address.

After the death of his father, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, in 2006 rioters upset over the absolute monarchy took to the streets and destroyed the center capital reported The Washington Post.

King Tupou took two years before his coronation ceremony in order to convert over to a more democratic government including a parliament reported The New York Times. King Tupou didn't hand over all the power, the King would still remain as head of state, be able to veto laws and veto parliament.

Along with the change to a more democratic government, King Tupou urged for new technologies such as cellphones and the Internet, yet many conservative Tongans were against the idea reported The Washington Post.

What caused King Tupous death is still unknown, he left behind a daughter. His brother, Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka, is next in line for the throne.

British Prime Minister Speaks on War Stricken Somalia

Somalia's continuation of hostility causes the British Prime Minister to question the world's future security.

On February 23, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, along with many high ranking political officials from around the world converged in London to discuss the on going conflict in Somalia. While also exploring resolutions to other problems, such as leadership struggles and the on going poverty, CNN U.S. reported.

"These problems in Somalia don't just affect Somalia," Cameron said, "They affect us all."

Cameron spoke about how "young minds are being poisoned by radicalism"and how the extremists terroristic ways not only threaten the nation of Somalia, but the world's security.

As of now world leaders are discussing new ways to stop anymore blood from being shed. Cameron has come up with what he calls a way "of helping the Somali people to rebuild their country from the bottom up", consolidated within a three step plan; Security, aid/development and an increase in political progress.

The Huffington Post reported that Cameron called the conference on Somalia a "turning point" in acquiring a sense of security for the world.

As further talks continue not only with in the conference, but around the world on how to end the extremist's terror on Somalia and its people,Cameron is confident that with help, Somalia will gain back control and begin to prosper as a whole.

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