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Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Issue: "Is Christianity in the U.S. doomed?," June 20, 2009

100th Air Show

June 15: There will be an important thing missing when the International Paris Air Show lifts off for its 100th anniversary on June 15: The Boeing 787 will once again be a no-show. Boeing rolled out the first of the mid-size passenger jets in mid-2007, but parts delays and worker strikes mean Boeing won't likely deliver the "Dreamliner" to commercial airlines until 2010.

Korean visit

June 16: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Barack Obama. On the agenda: figuring out South Korea and the United States' next move following a week in which North Korea tested a nuclear device, tested its arsenal of short-range missiles, and also moved an intercontinental ballistic missile in what experts believe to be a prelude to testing of longer-range missiles.

Greenland takes control

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June 21: After being tied to Denmark for eight centuries, Greenland moves closer to complete autonomy today when the small, mostly Inuit population takes control of the local police forces, courts, and coast guard. Greenland voters approved pulling further away from Denmark in a ballot measure last November. The changes also make the native Inuit language Kalaallisut the official native tongue.

Spruced-up Wimbledon

June 22: When the Wimbledon tennis championships begin on June 22, event organizers hope to have one less thing to worry about: rain. Construction of a new retractable roof at Centre Court at the All England Club finished in May, meaning the often weather-disrupted tournament may go smoother this year.

Free speech on trial

June 25: The trial of Nedim Gursel resumes on June 25. Turkish prosecutors charge that Gursel's novel Daughters of Allah incites hatred and disrespect of Islam-a criminal charge in the Muslim nation. Many have criticized Turkey's speech law, saying the codes equate to thought crime and have a chilling effect on free speech. But that may be exactly what Turkish officials are going for.

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