Some new leaders, and some old leaders

Charles Michel was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Belgium, a country in Europe. Some things we all are thankful to the Belgians for are their chocolates, waffles, and the comic book series “The Adventures of Tintin” (image) created by the Belgian artist Georges Remi (pen name “Hergé”).

Khalid Bahah has been given the post of the next prime minister of Yemen, a country in Asia. We are thankful to Yemen for coffee. Mocha coffee beans were originally cultivated in Yemen, and the beans got their name because they were shipped from Yemen’s port city, Mocha.

Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, has won a third term. He has been the president of the country since 2006. Bolivia is located in South America. One of the most dangerous roads in the world is a road from La Paz, Bolivia’s capital (and also the world’s highest capital city) to an area called the Yungas Valley. It is a narrow road with steep climbs and descents and a cliff on the side. Many people have died because of accidents on this road.

John Key, New Zealand’s prime minister, has been sworn in for a third term. New Zealand is an island country and isn’t considered to be part of any continent. It is referred to as part of “Oceania”, which are lands of the Pacific Ocean.  One of the longest place names in the world is of a hill in New Zealand. It has 85 characters – “Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu”, (image) which translates into English as “the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as ‘landeater’, played his flute to his loved one.”

Here is a video on some of the world’s most dangerous roads.

Image Credits: The Hergé Foundation for Tintin’s image, http://www.newzealand.com/ for the hill’s name image
Sources: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/, www.dangerousroads.org, http://www.newzealand.com/, http://us.tintin.com/, BBC, http://www.starbucks.com/, http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/, http://www.newzealand.com/, http://news.xinhuanet.com/, http://www.aljazeera.com/