May 4, 2009

Farmer clash with Egyptian police

Pig farmers clash with Cairo police offices in Cairo when the Egyptian government required all pigs in the country be killed, in precaution against the spreading of the swine flu.

Egypt began the cull of the nation's 250,000 pigs on Saturday, despite the World Health Organization saying there was no evidence the animals were spreading the swine flu.

The farmers were throwing rocks and bottles at police trying to prevent the police from taking away their pigs. Channel Asia News

Anti-riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the famers. An AFP correspondent said the demonstrators ransacked a police post and an officer fired warning shots in the air. Channel Asia News

Brig. Gen. Hani Abdel-Latif said 50 to 60 protesters gathered in Cairo's Manshiyet Naser slum because they were upset with the health ministry's decision to slaughter all pigs in the country, but the local media reported that the numbers where in the hundreds. CNN

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, the swine flu cannot get the swine flu by eating pork, but most likely occur when humans are in close contact to sick animals, like pig barns. CNN

Most Egyptian pig farmers are Coptic Christians and do eat pork. They make up about coexisted peacefully with the Muslim majority in Egypt. Percent of the Egyptian population and have been living peacefully with Muslim majority in Egypt.

The Egyptian government will compensate the farmers by paying them as much as $45 for a disease-free pig and about $5 for a diseased one.

The health ministry told CNN its workers are freezing all the disease-free meat and plan to give it back to its owners once the ban on pigs is lifted. However ministry source said that there were not enough facilities to store all the frozen meat. Ministry spokesman Dr. Abdel-Rahman Shaheen said the government will open two new slaughterhouses in two provinces near Cairo, al-Alioubiya and al-Giza. CNN

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Egypt.

April 27, 2009

Sri Lanka government refuses cease fire

The government of Sri Lanka rejects the proposal of a cease fire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Sunday making it more difficult for humanitarian aid from the U.N. and other agencies from providing aid to innocent Sri Lankans who are trapped within the war zone.

"In the face of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and in response to the calls made by the U.N., EU, the governments of the USA, India and others, the (LTTE) has announced an unilateral cease-fire. All of LTTE's offensive military operations will cease with immediate effect," the rebel leaders said in a written statement issued earlier Sunday. CNN

The government has refused the proposal and instead demands the surrender of the LTTE.
"We expect all the LTTE cadres to come and surrender. It will automatically become a ceasefire if they lay down arms and surrender." said Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, a spokesman for the Sri Lankan military.

Tamil activist and spokesman for the British Tamils Forum, Suren Surendiran said “What the Sri Lankan government is doing is a slow genocide.”

Surendiran said that the government has bombed within the no fire zone killing 174 civilians within the last two days. Forty-eight of them were children. Aljazeera news

The Sri Lanka’s air force has denied the claim of bombing within the no fire zone.

The priority of other nations is the safety of the civilians trapped between the war of the government and the LTTE.

The LTTE IS listed as a "terror group" by many Western nations, has been fighting since 1983.

April 6, 2009

Emaciated Zimbwean Prisoner

Newly released images from a documentary called Hell Hole provided a rare look inside the horrific lives of Zimbabwean prisoners.

There have been many complaints from former prisoners and human rights activists about the horrifying conditions the prisoners must live with, but there has been little evidence to prove it until now said AP.

Godknows Nare, producer of Hell Hole, spent four months training insiders to capture the footages. Nares said that he hoped the footage would persuade Zimbwae’s new coalition government and the international community to step in and help.

Images from the documentary showed emaciated prisoners wasting away from the lack of food and medical care. Prisoners were too weak to stand. Nare said prison menus have been reduced to daily bowls of corn porridge, which the inmates are shown eating slowly, as if they barely have the energy to bring the food to their mouths. CNN

Annah Y. Moyo, a Zimbabwean lawyer who works with the Southern African Center for Survivors of Torture, said conditions in Zimbabwean prisons were "a form of torture." CNN.

"Everyone knows that if you're sent to prison, your chances of coming out alive are slim," Moyo said.

“Just hearsay, without visual proof, is not enough to change people’s minds,” he said.

March 16, 2009

Brazilian man steals a plane and kidnapped his daughter

A Brazilian man kidnapped his daughter, steals a small plane and crashes it into a shopping center in Goiania city killing him and his daughter in the incident said Thaindian News.
Kleber Barbosa da Silva pushed his wife out of the moving vehicle and kidnapped his five-year-old daughter in Luziania, before stealing a single-engine plane from a local airport said Thaindian News. Name of the man was sourced from CNN news.
Kleber Barbosa da Silva pushed the pilot out the plane just before takeoff and crashed it into a shopping center said CNN news.
A helicopter pursuing the plane crashed into a parking lot after performing dangerous maneuvers to try and stop the plane said Thaindian News.
There have not been any announcements if there are other deaths or injuries about the people within the area of both crashes.
The mother sustained severe injury from being thrown out of the moving vehicle and in the hospital.
Authorities have not yet determined the reasons why the man kidnapped his daughter.

March 9, 2009

New discovered evidence of a more advanced ancient civilization in Malasyia

Researchers with a Malaysian university uncovered evidence of a more advanced ancient civilization than thought to be in Southeast Asia.

Archaeologists found remains of an iron smelting site and tools to pump oxygen into the iron, rooftops of buildings, beads, and pots said CNN news.

The discovery was made in Lembah Bujang, a historical site in Malaysia.

The remains of the findings prove that the technology and the people were more advanced than scholars first estimated.

Pieces of the finding were sent to a Florida testing facility, where carbon testing revealed the age of the findings. Samples revealed that there were at least 1,700-years-old, give or take 40 years dating back to the third of fourth century said Softpedia news.

Center for Archaeological Research Malaysia director Mokhtar Saidin said “This result (...) really shows that the Bujang Valley people during that time were very high-tech.”

March 2, 2009

Bangladesh Mutiny

Mutiny broke out on Wednesday inside the headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) where more than 160 officers were located.
More than 2,000 BDR guards opened fired in the headquarters of where the officers were located at said Guardian news.
Eighty eight bodies have been recovered from mass graves in the outskirts of Dhaka. At least 22 bodies have also been recovered from the Buriganga River.
The mutiny occurred when BDR members took dozens of their superiors hostage because their superiors dismissed their appeals for more pay, subsidized food and opportunities to participate in U.N. peacekeeping operations said CNN.
Security forces have set up highway check points and are searching the area for the guards who were involves in the rebel and mutiny.

February 23, 2009

Bomb kills a French girl and injures 22 people at a bazaar in Cairo

An attack in Cairo, Egypt, kills one French girl and injures 22 people at a popular bazaar Sunday evening.

The government said the attack involved a homemade bomb placed under a bench in the main plaza.

Police found a second bomb within an hour of the first explosion and detonated it. Security officials said three people were in custody said the AP.

A medic said that the French girl died at the hospital. Majority of the injured people were tourist from France. A German, three Saudis, four Egyptians, including a child was among the injured in the attack.

The Khan el-Khalili a 650-year-old bazaar is a popular tourist site next to Hussein mosque, one of Cairo’s most honored shrine. Tourism is a major source of foreign income for Egypt and in the past has been a target of terrorist and attempts to harm the government. Egypt had a total of 13 million tourists last year said Brisbane Times.

"The nature of the explosion looks like an act carried out by young, inexperienced amateurs whose emotions were inflamed by the events of Gaza," said Montasser el-Zayat, a lawyer who has represented Islamic extremists.

Egypt has had a chain of deadly attacks on Westerners by Islamic militant groups in the 1990s said the Brisbane Times.

Sunday's attack on the bazaar was the first on tourists in the past three years.

February 16, 2009

A three legged elephant gets a new leg

A young elephant is walking much more easily after having an artificial limb attached said Metro news.

Mocha stepped on a land mine that severely injured her front right leg when she was 7 months old. The injury was so severe that it had to be amputated.

The landmines at the Thai-Myanmar border have been claiming victims, both humans and animals, left from border conflicts.

After two years of stumbling around on three legs, the Asian Elephant Hospital, the world’s first elephant hospital, came to her aid said ABC news.

February 15, 2009

Somali pirates release a Japanese cargo ship

Somali pirates released a Japanese ship after months of captivity.

The MV Chemstar Venus, a Japanese owned cargo ship, had 23 crew members on the ship. The ship was seized by Somali gunmen on Nov. 15 between Somalia and Yemen in the Gulf of Aden. The crew members and the ship were held in captivity for nearly three months before their release said Washington Post.

Somali Piracy has reached a record high since last year when 42 vessels were high jacked in the Gulf of Aden.

There have been 22 captured vessels by the Somali pirates since January.

The bureau has said that the rise in piracy was due to the more favorable weather and the temptation for pirates to target ships for ransom.

“A multi-national task force including the United States, the UK, India and Russia currently patrol the sea off the unstable Horn of Africa to deter pirates? said BBC News.

February 9, 2009

Polish engineer kidnapped by Taliban in Pakistan

Piotr Stancza was kidnapped September 28 in Punjab province while searching for natural gas for a Polish survey company.

The Taliban had demanded the release of other Taliban prisoners in exchange for Stancza.

Polish Embassy spokesman Peter Adams said "We did whatever we could, pressuring the Pakistani government on the presidential and prime minister level. Problem was, this was solely Pakistan's responsibility. Demands were only towards [the] Pakistan government." reported CNN.

Shahid Ullah Baig a spokesman for the Pakistan interior ministry said that the Pakistan government was doing everything they could.

Stancza's Pakistani driver, bodyguard and translator were killed in the attack.

A Taliban spokesman said that Stancza had been beheaded because the Pakistan government refused to turn over Taliban prisoners.

Although the Pkistan government has recieved informal conformation that Stancza was killed, the a spokesman for the Polish embassy said that they were waiting for more evidence, reported BBC.