November 29, 2008

Death toll in India terrorist attacks uncertain

CNN reports that at the end of the terrorist attacks in India, the death toll stood at 183.

The New York Times reports that after the standoff ended at the Taj Mahal Palace & Hotel Tower ended the death toll was at 172. Officials were waiting for exact body counts.

CNN reports that R.R. Patil, deputy chief minister of Maharashtra state said that they thought the terrorists planned to kill 5,000 people.

The New York Times reports that in 2007, a report to Parliament suggested that the country’s shores were inadequately protected from infiltration from the sea.

Both articles suggest that tension between India and Pakistan is high.

November 16, 2008

23 missing in Kashmir bridge collapse

A newly constructed bridge collapsed Sunday morning in Indian Kashmir, sending at least two dozen people into the river.

CNN reports that at least 23 workers were feared dead while Yahoo News reports that five people were killed and 18 are missing.

Two people were found in the river, which is swollen from recent rain and snowfall.

Most of the dead and missing were workers involved in construction or local bridge users.

Yahoo News reports that the bridge was to open later this month and that construction related accidents are common in India.

November 9, 2008

China announces economic stimulus plan

China proposed a $586 billion economic stimulus package on Sunday in an attempt to revive some of the economic slowdown.

China’s Cabinet approved a plan to invest in national infrastructure and social welfare by the end of 2010.

The New York Times reports that some of the money will go to constructing new railways, subways, airports and rebuilding communities devastated by an earthquake in southwest China in the spring of 2008.

CNN reports that beyond that, the money will be spent on health and education as well as low-cost housing.

The proposal was announced before President Hu Jintao’s trip to Washington for a global economy summit.

The New York Times reports that Hu Jinato spoke with President-elect Barack Obama over the phone on a range of issues, including the economy.

China plans to help stabilize the global economy by looking inward and keeping one of the largest economies on track.

November 2, 2008

3000 year old Hebrew text found

Archeologists are digging up a 3000-year-old city just 20 miles outside of Jerusalem where they found a piece of what appears to be the oldest known Hebrew text.

The fortress is from 10th century B.C., which the New York Times considers “the most controversial period in the biblical archeology.?

This find could reshape the views people hold of the time that David ruled the Israelites.

The piece of pottery, says Professor Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is known as an ostracon.

CNN reports that the piece of pottery is six square inches and has five lines of text, divided by black lines.

October 26, 2008

Leader of Mexican drug cartel arrested

A senior member from the Tijuana-based Mexican drug cartel was arrested after a shootout.

Eduardo Arellano Felix, 52, was captured Saturday night across from the border city to San Diego, Calif. Kansas reports that he was with his 11-year-old daughter.

CNN reports that Felix was one of the last wanted members of the trafficking organization that has been associated with the 400 people that have been killed in drug-related violence in Tijuana this year.

Felix was on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Most Wanted List, with $5 million in rewards offered for his capture.

CNN reports that today, the “notorious cartel is split into two factions?, one of which is headed by Felix’s nephew.

October 11, 2008

1 in 4 mammals risk extinction

Conservationists have determined that 1 in 4 mammals could become extinct.

The report was the first one done in more than a decade, reported CNN, and both articles cite that humans are to blame. Habitat loss due to expansion, pollution and hunting, are some major causes, reported National Geographic.

"Our results paint a bleak picture of the global status of mammals worldwide,? Jan Schipper, leader of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature team based in Gland, Switzerland, said (CNN).

National Geographic
reported that the report includes a 700 additional species from the 1996 report, making the total of known mammals 5,487.

Of those mammals at risk, both articles reported that species in Southeast Asia are in greater danger.

National Geographic
reported that marine animals were also in greater danger, with 1 in 3 odds.

October 5, 2008

121 arrested in child porn case

Spanish police arrested 121 people in the biggest operation against internet child pornography in the country.

The pornography network spanned 75 countries and authorities are investigating another 96 Spanish people.

CNN reports that officers confiscated images of children in sexual positions and even some depicting rape. reports that two of the men arrested used their nephews who are under 10-years-old. BBC reports that police say that two of the men used their children in the pornography.

The raid lasted a week and around 800 officers raided over 200 homes.

Brazilian Police assisted in the raids and the BBC reports that the operation began in July.

It was reported that those detained were school janitors, bank clerks, commercial pilots, taxi drivers, foreigners resident in Spain. CNN reports that four of the arrested were under the age of 18.

CNN reports that if convicted, the suspects could face up to eight years in prison.

BBC reports that this large raid boosts the number of people arrested in Spain for child pornography up to 1,200 in the last five years.

September 14, 2008

No survivors in Russian passenger jet crash

A passenger jet crashed onto railway tracks after it caught fire and exploded over the city of Parm, Russia, killing all 88 of the passengers.
According to Yahoo News, the crash happened only a few hundred meters from residential buildings during the Boeing 737-500’s landing approach. reports that there was no suggestion of terrorism and a more likely cause of the fire is the failure of the jet’s two engines.
The jet, flying from Perm to Moscow, lost communication with air traffic control and crashed around 3:10 a.m.
Both sources reported that of the 6 person crew or the 82 passengers, no one survived. The aircraft carried passengers from Azerbaijan, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Ukraine. No American passengers were on board.
CNN reports that Russia and the Soviet Union have been notoriously bad with airline safety citing poor pilot training and insufficient government controls.