April 19, 2007

3 killed in a Turkish Bible printing facility

Three people working in a Turkish publishing house, that distributes Bibles, were killed Wednesday.

Each of the victims hands and feet were bound and their throats were slit, city Gov. Ibrahim Dasoz said. Two of the victims were dead on the scene and one later died at the hospital, Dasoz said.

Police have detained four suspects.

The murders occured in Malatya, a city in central turkey known for its strong religious undertones and Turkish nationalism. It is the hometown of Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

The general manager of the publishing house told CNN-Turk that threats to the publishing house had recently been made. It has been the target of Muslim nationalist in previous incidents.

Romania's President suspended

The Romanian parliament voted Tuesday to suspend popular President Traian Basescu on charges of abusing his constitutional powers.

Members of parliament have accused him of 19 counts of constitutional abuses, such as criticizing judges and ordering the tapping of the prime minister's telephone calls. There is no evidence to confirm these charges.

Thursdays parliament voted to suspend Basescu in a 322-108 vote, there were 10 abstentions.

Basescu has denied all of the charges.

April 11, 2007

Bombings in Algerian Capital

At least 23 people are dead and dozens more are wounded after 2 bombs exploded Wednesday in Algiers.

The first explosion was a car bomb that expolded outside of the government buildings in Algiers, near the prime ministers office. The second explosion happened further east at a police station.

An Al Qaeda-affiliated group allegedly claimed responsibility in a phone call made to Al-Jazeera.

April 6, 2007

Greek Cruise Ship Sinks

A Greek cruise ship carrying over 1,600 people sank Friday 15 hours after hitting a volcanic reef off of the Greek island of Santorini.

It took three hours to evacuate the ship, but two remain missing. A 45-year-old man, Jean-Christophe Allain, and his 16-year-old daughter, Maud. The two missing were in a fourth-berth cabin when the ship hit the reef and the lower decks filled quickly with water.

Whoever is accountable for this accident will be held responsible in the strictest way, said Greek Tourism Minister Fanny Palli Petralia.

Divers will be examining the wreck in the upcoming days.

March 30, 2007

Chile Riots

Thirty-two police officers were injured and 819 people were arrested Friday in a protest in Chile's capital, officials said.

The violence began in an annual lef-wing demonstration. The yearly demonstartion is called the Day of the Young Combatant. This year tension rose because of the discontent with a new transportation system that leaves areas of the capital without public transportation, police said.

The protesters, most of who were under the age of 16, were throwing rocks at police, illegally carrying weapons, attempting robbery and damaging property, police said.

Tear gas and water cannons were used by police to disperse protesters.

March 24, 2007

plane shot down

An 11 passenger cargo plane from Somalia was shot down Friday.

The plane was carrying equipment for Ugandian peacekeepers. The plane looked to be shot down by missles, Somali offiicials said, but it is too early to know if that was the case.

The fate of the crew is unknown.

March 16, 2007

woman honored for saving 2,500 jewish people

A 97-year-old woman was honored Wednesday by the Poland parliament for saving 2,500 Jewish people during the holocaust.

Irena Sendler, who now lives in a nursing home in Warsaw, is a former social worker who organized a rescue from the Warsaw ghetto.

Sendler was caught by the German Gestapo during World War II and was arrested and tortured. She never divulged any information as to the whereabouts of any Jew or anyone aiding them. Sendler managed to escape execution.

Poland's President Lech Kacyzinski said Sendler is a "great hero who can be justly named for the Nobel Peace Prize".

February 28, 2007

Three nonprofit workers killed in Brazil

Three French charity workers were found dead in their Brazil office Tuesday.

The three workers, identified as Delphine Douyere, 36, Christian Doupes, 38, and Jerome Faure, 42, headed the nonprofit organization Terr'Ativa that helped needy Brazilian children. Police say the three workers were allegedly killed by hit men hired by the organizations treasurer. The treasurer was accused of stealing money from the organization for many months, police said.

The treasurer has been arrested and has allegedly confessed to the crime, police said.

Douyere, Doupes, and Faure look to have been tortured and then stabbed to death, police said.

This case remains under investigation.

February 23, 2007

prince harry

British defense officials announced Thursday that Prince Harry will be deployed to Iraq later this year.

Harry graduated as an officer from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst last year. The 22-year old will serve as a troop commander in Iraq, leading 12 men in four armored vehicles.

The press was warned to not speculate on Harry’s location while in Iraq, stating that it would pose a major security risk.

“He has become the number one target for insurgents,? said royal correspondent Robert Jobson, “the decision (to deploy Harry) is both dangerous and courageous at the same time.?

February 17, 2007

hijacked passenger jet

A passenger jet was hijacked Thursday shortly after departure.

The Air Mauritania Boeing 737 left the capital of the African country Mauritania. The aircraft was carrying 71 passengers and a crew of eight. It was allegedly hijacked by one person shortly after takeoff, Spain’s Foreign Ministry said.

The plane landed in the Canary Islands where security officials raided the plane and arrested one suspect, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said.

The motive is unknown.

February 10, 2007

6 found dead in German restaurant

Early Monday morning the bodies of six people were found in a Chinese restaurant located in Northern Germany, police announced.

A man had gone to the restaurant to pick his wife up from work and found six bodies, including that of his wife. The bodies of three men and three women were allegedly spread throughout several rooms of the restaurant some of them had been tied up, all of them had been shot. In addition, there was one survivor who is now at a hospital suffering life threatening gun-shot wounds, police said.

Local police have started searching for suspects and so far have not come up with anything.

February 3, 2007

Bird flu

Around 1,000 turkeys at a farm in the UK have died of the bird flu.

Thursday night the premises of the farm were put under restrictions after a farmer noticed around 80 to 90 percent of turkeys in the flock were showing signs of illness.

Tests are now being carried out to discover what strain of bird flu it was that caused the outbreak.