May 6, 2007

Wreckage of Kenya Jetliner Found

Both CNN and ABC News are reporting that pieces of wreckage from a missing Kenya Arlines jet have been found in a forest about 15 miles from the airport. The plane was a Boeing 737-800, with 105 passengers, and nine crew members on board. Officials said that the plane issued a distress call but lost contact with the radio tower about 13 minutes after takeoff.

CNN adds that 200 rescue workers are standing by in the near-by city of Douala when the crash site is made more accessable.

There is no official word on survivors or deaths.

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Sarkozy New French President

Both ABC News and CNN are reporting the victory of Nicolas Sarkozy in the French presidential election. The conservative candidate said he would maintain friendly relations with the Unites States.

The CNN article also says the new president said that the United States should be the guiding light for the rest of the world to fight against global warming.

His socialist opponent, Segolene Royal, would have been France's first woman president.

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April 22, 2007

French Elections

Both Newsweek and CBS News are reporting that NIcolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal advanced to a runoff in the presidential election on Sunday. The two candidates present a basic left or right choice for the French to take. Royal is the first woman to get this close to winning a presidential election in France.

Sarkozy is the conservative candidate, while Royal is a Socialist.

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April 1, 2007

Pacific Tsunami Leads Warnings to be Issued

Both CNN and CBS are reporitng on an earthquake that resulted in a tsunami wave in the Pacific Ocean Sunday. Two back to back earthquakes occured near the Solomon Islands, the first measuring a magnitude of 8.0, the second 6.7.

According to the articles, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a Fixed Regional Tsunami Warning including Papua New Guinea and several other islands in the region. Hawaii is under an advisory, but not a warning.

The CNN article has no information regarding the effects of the tsunami where the wave has hit, but the CBS article, by the Associated Press, says that officals had been urging residents to move to higher ground in the Solomon Islands, but communications with police and other officials were lost after the tsunami hit.

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March 25, 2007

Blair Upset Over Detention of UK Troops

Tony Blair reacted to the holding of UK Toops in Iran, calling the act "unjustified and wrong," according to a CNN article. Also covering the story is MSNBC.

The MSNCB article also mentiones a trip to the middle east Condoleezza Rice showed her support for Blair by also stating that the troops should be released.

The CNN article focuses the second half of its report on the already high tentions between the UK and Iran.

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March 11, 2007

President of France Won't Seek Re-Election

President of France Jacques Chirac announced Sunday that he would not seek re-election after being head of state of France since 1995 both CNN and MSNBC are reporting.

CNN says that Nicolas Sarkozy, Segolene Royal, and Francois Bayrou are the lead contenders for the next president.

The MSNBC report written by the AP states that this announcement was widely expected, leaving office with a request to reject racism and extremism.

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February 25, 2007

Baghdad College Bombing is reporting 40 dead while MSNBC is reporting 41 dead after a suicide bombing at a college in eastern Baghdad. The MSNBC article states that a suicide bomber walked to the entrance of the college with a belt of explosives, and that security confronted the man before the explosion.

Both news sources are also reporting two rockets that fell in an outdoor market in Baghdad, killing 10 people.

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February 18, 2007

Train Blasts in India

ABC News is reporting 53 dead, while CNN is reporting at least 64 dead after explosives detonated on a train traveling to Pakistan early Monday morning from Inda's capital. The blasts happened in two passenger cars, and three unexploded bombs were found in other passenger cars said a spokesman for Northern Rail.

What is very interesting is at this point ABC News is saying that the train caught fire, and nowhere in the entire article are explosives mentioned. Insted, the article details local residents rushing to the scene of the disaster with buckets of water.

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February 11, 2007

Iran To Continue Nuclear Program

The President of Iran announced today that the country would continue to develop its nuclear program despite U.N. sanctions. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed Western proposals to suspend the program, and stated that if new sanctions were to be put in place, he would ignore those as well. Both a CNN story and a New York Times article say that the president believes it is the country's "right" to develop the uranium and will not stop. The New York TImes article states that it is the Bush administration's fear that the reactors the country is believed to be constructing would be used for nuclear weapons. One thing that the CNN article details is the presence of "Down with America" signs in the crowd of 10,000 gathered for the speech.

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February 4, 2007

Four Helicopters Shot Down in Two Weeks

ABC News and MSNBC are reporting that pilots are changing some procedures and flying tactics after four helicopters have been shot down over Iraq in just two weeks. The helicopters were shot down from ground based enemy fire.

MSNBC tells us that this is the first time the military has acknowledged that these crashes were caused by enemy fire.

The ABC News article said the military could not expand on its new tactics for security reasons. Also interesting to look at in the ABC News article is the quoting they use, and how they use it. For the most part, "said" always comes after the quote.

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January 27, 2007

13 Dead in Baghdad

40 people were wounded, 18 critically injured, and at least 13 people are dead after a bombing in Baghdad. One of the dead includes Malik Saad, a senior police official for Peshawar. An MSNBC report says two car bombs in quick succession caused the damage, and officials do not know if the bombing was a suicide bombing or an attack at this time.

The articles from CNN and MSNBC go on to tell us that at least 73 service members have died this month alone in the Iraq war.

Since this event would be considered hard news, it was interesting to look at the leads for both stories. The lead for the CNN article begins with the number dead, making sure to include the police official killed detail, then goes on to tell the day and the location of the event.

The MSNBC lead is better, in my opinion, because it begins with the cause (peaking my interest), then tells the location and the details about the numbers. You basically get the whole story in one sentence, which I think is pretty important for a lead.

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