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May 6, 2007

France elects new president

After an exceptionally high voter turn out, Nicolas Sarkozy was elected as France's president on Sunday, according to CNN.

The Washington Post is reporting that Sarkozy is promising to reform relations with the United States and restore its self-respect.

With 53.1 percent of the vote after over 98 percent of the ballots were counted, Sarkozy defeated Segolene Royal. Royal would have been the first female president of France had she been elected, The New York Times said.

After the election, police battled with several hundred protesters near the Place de la Bastille where windows were smashed and a vehicle was set on fire, reports MSNBC.

April 29, 2007

Chinese and Ethiopian hostages released by Ethiopian rebels

Ethiopian rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front released nine Chinese and Ethiopian hostages today according to CNN.

The rebels captured seven Chinese oil workers and two ethipian civilians earlier in the week after an attack on a Chinese oil field, said MSNBC

The Washington Post is reporting that the attack left 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese workers dead. According to the rebel group, the Chinese workers "were removed from the battlefield for their own safety." The rebels are ethnic Somalis who claim to be fighting for independence for the Ogaden region.

The OLNF said that the men were in good health and had been treated well. The Chinese government has condemed the rebel group's actions, said The New York Times.

April 22, 2007

Fighting erupts in Gaza strip

A five-month-old cease fire has come to an end in the Gaza strip after nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunmen Sunday, reports CNN.

One of those killed was a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who was looking out of her window when she was shot by Israeli gunfire, said MSNBC.

According to The New York Times, the American International School in Beit Lahiya, north of Gaza City, was bombed and set on fire by over a dozen masked Palestinians early Saturday morning. No one was injured.

The Washington Post is reporting that Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said, "The blood of our people is not cheap." He called on the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, and "the Palestinian resistance groups to be united in the trench of resistance and to use all possible means of resistance to respond to the massacres."

April 8, 2007

British captors may sell stories

The British Ministry of Defense decided on Sunday that British armed forces held in Iran can sell their stories to the media, reports MSNBC.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said that the situation with the former captives is unique and deserved special attention, CNN said.

According to The New York Times, publicist Max Clifford said that the stories could earn about $500,000 with the largest amount going to Leading Seaman Faye Turney, the only woman in the group of 15.

But according to the Washington Post, the decision has created controversy. Liam Fox, the opposition Conservative Party's spokesman on defense said, "what distinguishes our armed forces is their professionalism and dignity."

March 25, 2007

Earthquake hits Japan

MSNBC is reporting that at least one person was killed and more than 160 injured in an earthquake that hit Japan on Sunday morning.

The earthquake hit off of the Noto Peninsula on the Sea of Japan coast at 9:42 a.m., registering 6.9 on the Richter scale, reported CNN.

According to the New York Times, the quake shook for about 30 seconds, which knocked over builidings, triggered landslides and cut off power and phone commuication.

The earthquake also triggered a small 6 inch sunami that hit shore 36 minutes later, The Washington Post said.


March 12, 2007

Chirac will not seek re-election

Franec's president has decided to step down from politics and will not seek re-election after 12 years, reports USA Today.

Jacques Chirac, 74, announced on Sunday in a 10 minute speech that he was not seeking re-election and that he was not backing any candidate at this time, according to CNN.

MSNBC is reporting that Chirac's age, low popularity and the ambitions of the front-runner for the presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy, could be some of the reasons for the decision.

According to the New York Times, Chirac expressed his love for his country and its people. He ended the speech by saying, “Long live the republic! Long live France!?


February 18, 2007

Explosion on Indian train may be act of terror.

The Washington Post is reporting that a bomb has killed 60 people and injured 50 others on a passenger train in India.

The incident is believed to be an act of terror, the spokesman for India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said. Most of the passagers were Pakastani.

According to MSNBC, two suitcases filled with explosive materials were found near the train. It exploded just outside of Deewana.

Residents of the town came to help put out the fire with buckets of water, CNN said.

February 11, 2007

Iranian arms found in Iraq

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. is accusing Iran of "fanning violence" in Iraq by giving the country sophisticated bomb-making technology as well as proving money and training to Shi'ite groups.

A senior defense official has told the Washington Post that Iran is the only country in the region that produces these types of weapons.

The bombs are the armor piercing type and have killed over 170 American forces, reports MSNBC.

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations, Javad Zarif, has denied the allegations, according to CNN.

January 27, 2007

Iranian official continue to deny growing nuclear technology.

According to CNN a member of the Iranian parliment is claiming the county has begun the installation of 3,000 nuclear centrifuges despite being denied by an official from Iran's nuclear agency.

The BBC is reporting that Chris Chalier, a UN offical, has now been banned from the country.

On December 23, the UN imposed a sanction on Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment. The country was given two months to comply.

MSNBC says that three officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency are going to visit the uranium enrichment plant in Nataz after arriving in Iran on Saturday.