November 15, 2008

U.S. Troops Caputre Afghan Insurgent Leader

U.S. troops captured an Afghan insurgent leader Friday during a raid in the Espandi village in Ghazni province, FOX News reported.
The captured man is responsible for the deaths of Afghan troops, bomb attacks on coalition forces and the kidnapping of aid workers, according to the statement. A spokesman declined to give further information on the leader's identity while they search for his confederates, CNN reports.
Before the raid, Afghan National Police found videos of the insurgent leader instructing fighters on how to stage attacks, CNN reported.

November 5, 2008

Mexico's Prime Minister Dies in Plane Crash

The death toll in a plane crash that claimed the lives of Mexico's interior minister and two other high-ranking officials has risen to 13, a Mexico City official told the state-run Notimex news agency on Wednesday reported CNN.
The plane carried Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino, the equivalent of Mexico's vice president and head of domestic security, as well as former anti-drug prosecutor Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos, reported MSNBC.
Officials say all indications are that the crash was an accident, but they vowed to investigate thoroughly to rule out the possibility of an attack and brought in U.S. and British investigators to help, reported MSNBC.
Former Deputy Attorney General Josi Luis Santiago Vasconcelos and Miguel Monterubio Cubas, director of social communication, were among the dead, President Felipe Calderon said in a televised address Tuesday night, reported CNN.
"I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and my absolute support during this difficult time," Calderon said.

October 30, 2008

At Least 61 Injured From Car Bombs in India

Car bombs killed 61 people and injured 300 more in northeast India Thursday, USA Today reported.The bombs targeted crowded markets and government buildings, such as courts and police stations, witnesses said as reported by the New York Times.
The attacks, among the bloodiest in recent months, left streets littered with bodies and the wreckage of cars and motorcycles, according to witnesses and photographers at the scene, USA Today reported.
Officials blamed the largest separatist group, the United Liberation Front of Asom, for the blasts. "The needle of suspicion is on ULFA," said Assam government spokesman Himanta Biswa Sharma according to the New York Times.

October 10, 2008

Former Finland President Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, who has worked to end conflicts around the world for over than three decades, won the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize as announced on Friday, the New York Times reported.
In its announcement, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called Ahtisaari “an outstanding international mediator? whose efforts “have contributed to a more peaceful world and to ‘fraternity between nations’ in Alfred Nobel’s spirit,? the New York Times reported.
"Ahtisaari is an outstanding international mediator," said Ole Danbolt Mjoes, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, as reported by CNN.
The committee cited Ahtisaari's "significant" part in establishing Namibia's independence and his "central" role in solving the question of the Indonesian province of Aceh in 2005. The prestigious prize includes a medal, a personal diploma, and 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.4 million) in prize money, CNN reported.

October 2, 2008

Senate Approves Nuclear Deal with India

The U.S. Senate approved Wednesday night an agreement permitting civilians nuclear trade between India and the United States for the first time in three decades, the New York Times reports.
The Senate finally ratified the deal 86 to 13 a week after the House passed it and gave President Bush the agreement he has been pursuing since 2005 for what his advisor’s have called closer relations between the two countries a key part of his foreign policy legacy, the New York Times reported.
The terms of this new deal include: India’s agreement to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Association (LAEA) access to its civilian nuclear program. However, India would be allowed to decide which nuclear facilities to classify as civilian. India commits to signing an Addition Protocol, which allows more intrusive LAEA inspections. And United States companies will be allowed to build nuclear reactors in India and provide nuclear fuel for its civilian energy program, the Washington Post reported.
Supporters of the deal argue it will bring India closer to the United States by forging a relationship to pursue their “common interests in fighting terrorism, spreading democracy, and preventing the domination of Asia,? the Washington Post reported.

September 23, 2008

Numerous South African Cabinet Ministers Resign

Multiple South African Cabinet Ministers resigned Tuesday, thus throwing the country into chaos.
The currently ousted South Africa President, Thabo Mbeki, announced that at least 10 ministers had offered their resignations which would thus take into effect Thursday. Those who gave their resignation were held responsibilities including: defense, intelligence, prisons, public enterprises, science and technology and public works, as reported by the New York Times.
“The country should not panic,? Khotso Khumalo, an ANC spokesman said on South African television.
He said the resignations should not be interpreted as any kind of rebuke of the incoming president. “Some of them just want to spend more time doing other things,? he said, reported the New York Times.
And many of the resigning ministers have already said they would “serve the new administration in whatever capacity,? reported the New York Times.
BBC reporter, Peter Bies disagreed and said, “The resignations were a blow to the African National Congress (ANC) government.?
However the ANC leader, Jacob Zuma, said the situation would soon return to normal, reported BBC.

September 17, 2008

Three Babies Dead From Tainted Milk

Three Chinese babies have died and 6200 more are sick from toxic milk powder, said China’s Minister of Health Chen Zhu in a press conference Wednesday, The China Daily reported.
Chinese authorities announced the sicknesses have been caused by powered milk from the Chinese dairy giant Sanlu Group which was contaminated by melamine, Time reported.
The chief executive of the company who owns the majority of the Sanlu Group said the company knew about the contamination in August, but held off informing because it was waiting for the recall process to go through the Chinese authorities.
As the information has been coming to light, thousands of babies remain hospitalized with acute kidney failure and urinary problems.
“We spared no efforts in providing medical treatment for the infant patients,? said Chen in the press conference according to The China Daily.
“Infant patients, even those in critical conditions, can recover from the tainted milk powder-induced diseases if they receive in-time treatment,? he continued.

September 10, 2008

A Magnitude-5.8 Quake Hits Chile

Northern Chile fell victim to a magnitude-5.8 earthquake on Wednesday which led to landslides that blocked some highways, but no immediate damage has been found, USAToday reported.
The Seismological Institute of the University of Chile believed the epicenter was located deeper than the 4.8 miled below ground that the U.S. earthquake center had calculated it at.
According to Yahoo UK News, the quake was centered about 100 kn east of the Iquique, the largest copper mining area.
"Things are calm now after a quake which was felt intensely by the local population," said Miriam Escobar, provincial governor of Iquique, as reported by Yahoo UK News.