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December 14, 2007

Taliban militants kill 7 policeman

Taliban militants beheaded seven policemen Friday after ambushing their checkpoints in Afghanistan, authorities said.
During a separate attack, an Australian soldier and three civilians were killed.
The attackes occured 15 miles North of Kandahar city in Arghandab.
On Saturday, a suicide bomber killed six afghans, including three children, officials said.

December 9, 2007

Iraqi police chief killed

A roadside bomb in Iraq killed the provincial police chief and two guards, Sunday.
The roadside bomb struck a convoy that was carrying the police chief and two guards of a province south of Baghdad.
This is the most recent of a series of assassinations against provincial in areas south of the capital.
It may be due to the militias trying obtain control of the area, authorities said.
Police are enforcing an indefinite curfew in many provinces near the scene of the bombing and security is increased.

November 25, 2007

Passengers on ship flown home to Chile

After 154 abandoned their sinking cruise ship near Antarctica, the passengers were flown to Chile Saturday to begin their travels back home.
As they waited for their flights in Punta Arenas, a southern Chilean city, some of the crew and passengers from the ship were able to call home using satellite telephones.
A family member of one of the passengers aboard the Explorer reported that her husband, Bob Flood, was exhaused and cold because the rescue boats had taken a long time to reach the passengers.
The Explorer began to take on water around 11:30 p.m. on the 12th day or a 19-day cruise. Around 3 a.m. crew members informed passengers to board life-boats and rafts.
The passengers reacted without panic and some apparently cracked jokes about the Titanic.
It was only after spending hours in life-rafts and boats that passengers began to complain of the cold.
Officials said six passengers were treated for hypothemia.
A spokesperson for the company that owns the Explorer, G.A.P. Adventures said that passengers were able to choose whether they wanted to join another cruise or fly home on Saturday.

November 17, 2007

Iran honors weapons ban

Iran is apparently honoring an informal pledge to stop smuggling explosives and other weapons into Iraq.
This has contributed to more than a 50 percent decrease in bombings since March, according to a U.S. senior general.
Bomb attacks have decreased from 3,239 in March to 1,560 in October. This is the lowest it has been since September of 2005.
Since the creation of the Baghdad security plan there has been an overall decrease in violence in Iraq.
The U.S. is hoping to recreate this drop in violence in Anbar Province, where the U.S. has signed more than $5.2 million in contracts in attempt to protect roads and other infrastructure in the area.

November 11, 2007

Student Kills 8 in School Shooting in FInland

An 18-year-old student killed 8 in a rare school shooting in Finland on Wednesday.
The student opened fire in a Finnish high school in Tuusula, Finland, killing five boys, two girls and the female principal.
The shooting took place at Jokela High School, which is approximately 30 mi north of Helsinki, the capitol of Finland.
He killed the 8 before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Approximately 12 others were wounded while trying to escape from the school.
The gunman had no previous criminal record. He got the license for the .22-caliber pistol on Oct. 19.
Finnish media report that he revealed his plans on YouTube before the shooting.
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen a national day of mourning Thursday.

November 2, 2007

Tropical Storm Noel Hits Dominican Republic

Tropical Storm Noel caused mudslides and floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti as the death toll reached 81 Wednesday.
56 were killed in the Domincan Republic, 24 in Haiti and one death in Jamaica.
Tropical Storm Noel is moving towards southeast Florida. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a tropical-storm watch for parts of southeast Florida.

Both articles on the storm in the Pioneer Press and on cnn.com briefly covered the damage that the tropical-storm already caused, but the main focus of both stories was specifically defining the storm. Both had information on characteristics of tropical storms, maximum sustained wind speeds and how fast the storm was moving. Since the tropical storm is still a safety concern to the public, it was crucial that the article included such pieces of information.

October 26, 2007

Kurdish Separists Warned by Turkey

Turkey warned Thursday that U.S. troops will not stop at Iraqi borders in search of Kurdish Separatists.
Iraqi officials arrived in Turkey in attempt to persuade the government to stay away from Kurdish guerrilla bases in northern Iraq. The U.S. ambassador to Iraq sent American diplomats as well.
Leaders in Turkey have been in need of Iraqi and U.S. authorities to stop Turkish Kurd rebels from staging attacks all-around the area.
Turkey appears to be waiting to launch any kind of large-scale attack until the Prime Minister visits Washington in November. U.S. officials are urging Turkey to refrain from launching any kind of attacks that could destabilize one of Iraq's most stable regions.
U.S. officials are said to be taking necessary steps in the struggle in attempt to keep guerrillas out of the northern part of Iraq.
Turkey is requesting assistance from the U.S. as a form of repayment for its help in Afghanistan, but the top American military commander in northern Iraq said it is not the responsibility of the U.S. military.

October 18, 2007

Dalai Lama Honored in Washington

The 72-year-old Dalai Lama was honored on Wednesday when President Bush bestowed him the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony in the Rotunda at the Capitol.
The award will bring, "tremendous joy and encouragement to Tibetan people," The Dalai Lama said. He expressed hope that in the future Tibet and China will move past their mistrust.
It was the first time since Dalai Lama fled into exile in 1959 that a sitting US president met publicly with him.
"The Dalai Lama is a universal symbol of peace and tolerance," Bush said.
China had earlier slammed the US for giving such a high honor to the Dalai Lama.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award given by congress. It is designed specifically for each recipiant.

October 13, 2007

Mudslide Kills 10 in Costa Rica

Torrential rains caused a hillside to collapse in La Fatima De Atenas Thursday, killing 10 people.
On Friday, rescuers had recovered the bodies of 10 people and were still searching for more. Rescuers are using heavy machinery and trained dogs to search for the missing. According to the Red Cross at least 4 more bodies were missing.
The mudslide took out a retaining wall and buried several homes in the hilly town near San Jose. Officials are worried that the hillside could collapse further. They are prohibiting civilians from looking for the missing.
Authorities declared a state of emergency at the scene along with several other areas near river banks where mudslides are feared.

October 6, 2007

Peace Agreement Signed by North and South Korean Leaders

Leaders of North and South Korea signed a reconciliation pact early on Thursday in Seoul, South Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun signed the agreement which promised cooperation for peace including to cooperatively end military hostility. The agreement was met after three days of summitt meetings in Pyong-yang.
The two countries agreed to boost economic ties by creating a joint fishing zone and opening a cargo railway service between North and South Korea. They will also send a cheering squad representing both Koreas to the upcoming Olympics in Beijing.
The two countries are trying to seek a permanent peace agreement. Progress on this peace treaty would require support from the United States and China since both fought in the Korean War.

September 30, 2007

Violence in Darfur Continues to Escalate

Humanitarian groups have been the target of recent violence in Nyala, Sudan. Several of their vehicles have been hijacked and group members have been critically wounded in recent days.

In the past four years, nearly 200,000 have been killed as a result of the conflict in Darfur. According the the UN, Darfur is the host of the world's largest humanitarian effort. Some groups have halted their humanitarian efforts in the area because of the recent attacks. These efforts could be jeopardized if aid groups continue to feel targeted. Because violence in Darfur is unpredictable, it makes it difficult to foresee future attacks.

As some aid groups pull more of their workers out of the area due to the violence, refugees are concerned because many cannot live without the humanitarian efforts.

September 23, 2007

Possible New Species Found in Indonesia

A team of scientists in Indonesia claim that what originally was thought to be remains of humans with a physical disorder may be that of an entirely separate species. Three wrist bones were found with other remains in a cave on the island of Flores and are claimed to not be from humans.

The separate species, known as Homofloresiensis, has much smaller skulls than that of humans today. The grapefruit-sized skulls are why scientists originally thought that they were from a group of "little people." They also have wrist bones that are smaller and more primitive than that of modern humans.

A report, which was published in the journal Science, says that this species lived 120,000 to 10,000 years ago and rethinks human evolution.

September 16, 2007

Earthquakes Leading to a Repeat of 2004 Tsunami?

Padang, Indonesia has been the site of huge earthquakes and tsunami warnings in the past days. Just two days after the 8.4 magnitude earthquake, experts are saying that the worst is yet to come. After shaking four Southeast Asian countries, killing 17 and causing a 10-foot tsunami, villagers are seeking shelter on any flat land away from the coast. Seismologists are predicting an earthquake similar to the one that triggered the Asian tsunami in 2004 in the days to come.

The tsunami that crashed into villages on Sumatra's coast caused minimal damage, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyon said on Wednesday. A U.N. assessment team reports that a large-scale international relief operation was not needed at this time.

September 10, 2007

Bin Laden Tapes to be Released

Videotape from Osama bin Laden is set to release with the upcoming sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on World Trade Center buildings and Pentagon. The video is expected to surface sometime in the next 72 hours as stated on kare11's website.

This video will capture the first new images of bin Laden in almost three years. His last video message was in October 2004 and more information regarding it can be found here.

Despite the long period of time without a message, the Department of Homeland Security has no credible information suggesting an increased threat to the United States. Threats of future attacks will depend on bin Laden’s message released in the video.