Vieques is an island-municipality of Puerto Rico, located east of the Puerto Rican mainland. Most of Vieques was within US military installations from the 1940s. The facilities included a live-ammunition training area for the US navy, a use that was the subject of protests by many Puerto Ricans. In 2001 the federal government announced that it would halt all military exercises on the island by May, 2003. The former installations are now being converted to what?
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The Battle of Normandy during WWII was fought between the German forces occupying Western Europe and invading Allied forces. It remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, with almost 3,000,000 troops crossing the English Channel. The battle continued for more than 2 months and concluded with the liberation of Paris. What was the codename for the Allied invasion?
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Sukarno helped Indonesia win independence from the Netherlands and served as the country's 1st president. He attempted to consolidate his multi-island nation and establish a "guided democracy," with a cabinet representing all political parties. Regional and factional problems, however, led him to dissolve the assembly and assume full dictatorial powers. He proclaimed himself president for life in 1963, but an attempted Communist coup late in 1965 triggered a military takeover by whom?