April 8, 2007

Nuclear North Korea

star tribune
pioneer press

The North conducted its first-ever nuclear weapons test in October, drawing international condemnation. However, Pyongyang pledged initial steps to abandon its nuclear weapons programs in February during talks with the U.S. and other regional powers. Still, no further progress has been made in the standoff due to an unresolved issue relating to frozen North Korean funds. North Korea's top nuclear negotiator told a visiting American delegation Monday that his government would immediately invite U.N. inspectors into the country if $25 million in disputed North Korean funds are released to Pyongyang, U.S. officials said. Both papers covered the paper pretty similarily.

April 1, 2007

South Korea, U.S. reach free trade deal

star tribune
pioneer press

The United States and South Korea successfully concluded a free trade agreement after almost 10 months of contentious negotiations, a U.S. official said Monday. The deal, which requires legislative approval in both countries, is the biggest for the United States since the North American Free Trade Agreement signed in 1992 and ratified in 1993. It is the biggest ever for South Korea. A spokesman said that more details of the deal would be provided later, so not much was known about the facts of the deal. Both articles were reported about the sme with details mixed here and there

Tsunami hits Solomons, reports of 8 dead

star tribune
pioneer press

A powerful undersea earthquake Monday in the South Pacific sent a tsunami several yards high crashing into the Solomon Islands, devastating at least one village, officials and residents said. A man who answered the telephone at the police station said there were initial reports that eight people, six of them children, had been killed by the tsunami but they were still unconfirmed. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude-8.0 and struck at 7:39 a.m. about 6 miles beneath the sea floor, 217 miles northwest of the capital, Honiara. The articles were pretty vague. Everything was unconfirmed, and nothing was really know about the current situation.

March 25, 2007

15 British Servicemen detained

Star Tribune

15 British Serviceman are being detained in Iran since Friday. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the Britons were in Iraqi, not Iranian, waters and warning that Britain viewed their situation as "very serious." Rice commented on the situation saying that she believed the British account to be accurate. There is now legal proceedings underway that will decide the fate of the 15 men. Both papers printed the story pretty similarly, just some quotes here and there that were different.

March 4, 2007

Pakistan and United States

Star Tribune
Thess stories covered the current relations and conflicts between the United States and Pakistan. The Pioneer story focused on Pakistan reacting to American troops believing they have the authority to follow Taliban into the country. A spokesman for the Pakistani Army said "there is no authorization for hot pursuit into our territory." The Tribune article focused more on what an American intelligence committee said: "Pakistan must do more to stem Al-Qaida in its ungoverned territories amid growing signs that operatives plan a spring offensive against allied forces in Afghanistan." Both articles were somewhat short and really did not have much subsatntial factual information included.

February 25, 2007

Bomber Targets Baghdad College

Star Tribune
Washington Post

"A suicide bomber triggered a ball bearing-packed charge Sunday, killing at least 41 people at a mostly Shiite college" as the Tribune opened its story. The next line of the Tribunes article continues with "whose main gate was left littered with blood-soaked student notebooks and papers amid the bodies." This was a lot more graphic than the Washington post who wrote "A suicide bomber detonated a belt of explosives Sunday afternoon at a university in Baghdad, killing dozens of students, in the second large-scale attack on a college campus in the capital this year" as the lead. The school has been bombed before, and the month before 70 people had been killed at the school's main campus. Both articles discussed how the Al-Sadr militia was pulled off the street for the new security plan, but how the continuing of car bombs is makingt hem rethink this decision.

Iran's president says nuclear plans unstoppable

start tribune
Washington Post
Iran's president said that the nuclear program is like a "train without brakes" or "reverse", to which Rice responded that they need a "stop button". Both articles were covered pretty similarily by both papers. They both discussed how members of the U.N. Security council were discussing what should be done. The washington Post article however, went into a little more detail. The post included more quotes from Rice, and also included information about what exactly uranium was used for and how Iran had been using it in the past.

February 11, 2007

U.S. Offers evidence Iran is Arming Iraq

A Star Tribune article,, wrote that senior U.S. military officials announced that there is evidence that Iran is supplying Irq with weapons. The weapons were mainly consisting of kits used to make roadside bombs which the officials say have killed troops in Iraq.
Many of the members of congress are saying that this is just a ploy to find a scapegoat for the war in Iraq or possibly to start on the path of a war with Iran.
The Washington Post covered this story and although it had similar details, there were more in depth analyzations of the numbers of trrops, and the weapons that were reported as being brought into Iraq.

January 26, 2007

Human Traficking

An AP story reported by the New York Times,, writes that 2,000 people have been accused of human trafficking in Italy. 784 are still being detained while the others have been let go pending legal proceedings.
The traficking was mainly from Eastern Europe and involved prostitution and sweatshop rings.,, also covered this story through the AP, but included more quotes and personal stories from people who had been in the sweatshop rings.