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Researchers in Mexico have gathered evidence that the normal flu vaccine offers some degree of protection versus the H1N1 swine flu, Reuters reported on October 6.

Ireland’s voters went to the polls on October 2 and approved the controversial Lisbon Treaty by an overwhelming 67 percent to 33 percent margin, exceeding the percentage indicated in recent polls.

On October 1, the Beijing government celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, declared formally through a proclamation by the communist revolutionary Mao Zedong on October 1, 1949. As is traditional on such milestone occasions, the Chinese government will stage a mammoth military parade that will showcase China's newest nuclear missiles, displayed among more than 50 types of weapons.

Irish voters will once again vote in a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty on October 2, which they last rejected on June 12, 2008 by a 53 percent to 46 percent “No” vote. Ireland’s rejection of the controversial Lisbon Treaty effectively blocked its implementation, since it must be agreed to by all 27 EU-member states to come into force.

German electionThe so-called “Grand Coalition” in Germany is over, with its left-wing party being decimated at the polls.

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