December 11, 2008

Esther Chávez Cano receives human rights award

Mexico's Secretary of the Interior announced Wednesday in the official newspaper of the Federation that Esther Chávez Cano will win the 2008 National Prize of Human Rights, reported La Jornada.

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December 4, 2008

U.S. gives Mexico money to fight drug war

The U.S. government released Wednesday the first installment of a $400 million aid package to support Mexico's police and military in their war against the drug cartels, reported Fox News.

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November 26, 2008

Jamaica maintains death penalty

According to the BBC, Jamaica's parliament has voted Tuesday against a proposal Tuesday that would ban the death penalty in a country that has one of the world's highest murder rates.

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November 19, 2008

Mexico arrests head liaison Interpol officer

A principal liaison officer with Interpol in Mexico has been arrested Wednesday as part of an inquiry into suspected links between officials and drug traffickers, reported the BBC.

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November 15, 2008

Mexican scientists produce diamonds from tequila

Mexican scientists have turned a booming export, tequila, into diamonds, yet the crystals are too small to be used in jewelry, reported ABC News from Australia.

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November 5, 2008

Mexico minister killed in plane crash

A plane crash in Mexico City Tuesday killed Mexican Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mourino, 37, and former Assistant Attorney General José Luis Santiago Vasconcelos, along with six others, reported La Jornada.

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October 30, 2008

Oil industry reform passed in México

The Mexican Congress passed a chain of energy reforms that include controversial plans to allow private investment in state oil giant Pemex, or Petróleos Mexicanos, reported the BBC.

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October 26, 2008

Former Colombian Congressman rescued after 8 years of captivity

Colombia’s army says it rescued former Colombian lawmaker Oscar Tulio Lizcano from the left-wing FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, rebels who abducted him in 2000, reported the BBC.

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October 18, 2008

U.N. Security Council admits five nations

México has gained a seat on the U.N. Security Council Friday, reported La Jornada in a 71-word article, as have the countries of Turkey, Austria, Japan and Uganda.

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October 12, 2008

American author deported from Kenya

The American author of a best-selling book critical of Senator Barack Obama was detained Tuesday by Kenyan immigration officials, reported the New York Times.

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October 1, 2008

Tijuana site for 'drug-related' murders

Sixteen bodies, most showing signs of having been bound and tortured, were found Monday in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, reported the BBC.

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September 28, 2008

Head of Chinese agency resigns over milk

The head of the Chinese agency that monitors food and product safety resigned Monday amid a scandal over tainted baby formula that killed four babies and sickened nearly 53,000, reported MSNBC.

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September 18, 2008

U.S. embassy in Yemen attacked

An attack on Wednesday morning on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen has left at least 16 people dead, the BBC reported.

Militants disguised as policemen and believed to have ties with al Qaeda launched an explosive assault involving two car bombs, CNN reported.

The BBC reported that six members of the Yemeni security force, six attackers, and four bystanders were killed in the attack, but none of the victims, according to the BBC, were American.

Yemen, the homeland of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has previously been targeted by attacks. The attack on Wednesday is the second in the past six months.

This attack, President Bush told reporters, was “a reminder that we are at a war against extremists who will murder innocent people to achieve their ideological objectives,? the BBC reported.

A group affiliated with al Qaeda, the Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the attacks, but CNN could not confirm those reports.

This event was particularly disturbing to some because it occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The U.S. State Department is concerned about future attacks against U.S. citizens, businesses and perceived interests.

All non-emergency American staff and their families were ordered to depart from the Embassy during April due to a similar incident involving the Embassy and a residential area.

The BBC and CNN both failed to comment on the suspects, nor did they mention if they had been captured or if they were still fugitives.

September 11, 2008

‘Big Bang’ Machine Proves to be Successful

On Wednesday, the BBC reported that the organization—known by its French acronym CERN—accomplished its first major tests with an experiment that will hopefully recreate the conditions just seconds after the Big Bang.

They fired two beams of protons around a long tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a large machine that uses great force in order to smash protons together. With this machine, scientists hope to discover truths about many unanswered physics questions.

The LHC, described as the biggest physics experiment in history, will hopefully reveal uncertainties about antimatter, “dark matter,? and could even prove the existence of the Higgs boson, an assumed particle believed to give mass to all other particles.

“We will be able to see deeper into matter than ever before,? said Dr. Tara Shears to the BBC.

In a few months, the machine will eventually fire two beams at the same time in opposite directions in the hopes of recreating the conditions immediately after the Big Bang.

CERN’s project attracted scientists from 80 nations, about 1,200 alone from the United States.

CERN, however, spent 25 percent more than they had originally budgeted, reported AOL news, and the completion date was also delayed for two years. The BBC reported that the current price of the LHC was nearly four times the original estimation.

On Wednesday, engineers from Geneva to Chicago celebrated their achievement with champagne. Some scientists have been waiting 20 years to use the LHC for their own experiments.

AOL news reported that less than 100 years ago, scientists believed protons and neutrons to be the smallest parts of an atom’s nucleus. Now, researchers know the LHC will be able to show them a whole different perspective.