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Wikinews Shorts: September 2, 2010

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Shorts: Abbas, Netanyahu to meet regularly[]

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have agreed to meet again in 10–11 days within the region, and every two weeks thereafter, according to U.S. Middle East diplomat George Mitchell. The two leaders are engaged in the first direct talks between the nations in more than two years, hosted by Israel’s ally the United States in Washington, DC.

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In brief: Fuel tanker aground in Northwest Passage[]

Friday, September 3, 2010

No oil is reported leaking from the Woodward’s Oil fuel tanker The Nanny aground in the Northwest Passage off the coast of Nunavut. The 110 metre (360 ft) tanker was carrying 9 million liters (2.4 million gallons) of diesel fuel to remote settlements in Canada’s Arctic regions when it grounded on a sandbar. Last week the cruise ship Clipper Adventurer struck an uncharted rock in the same region, trapping 110 tourists and crew aboard for the two days it took the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker to reach the ship. On August 27th another Woodward’s tanker, the Mokami, ran aground near Pangnirtung.

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No oil is reported leaking from the Woodward’s Oil fuel tanker The Nanny aground in the Northwest Passage off the coast of Nunavut. The 110 metre (360 ft) tanker was carrying 9 million liters (2.4 million gallons) of diesel fuel to remote settlements in Canada’s Arctic regions when it grounded on a sandbar. Last week the cruise ship Clipper Adventurer struck an uncharted rock in the same region, trapping 110 tourists and crew aboard for the two days it took the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker to reach the ship. On August 27th another Woodward’s tanker, the Mokami, ran aground near Pangnirtung.

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July 23, 2009

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

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From Wikinews, the free news source, this is the Audio Wikinews Brief for Thursday, July 23, 2009. I’m Matt Davis, and here are today’s current stories.

British schoolboy found guilty of racial harrassment of schoolgirl[]

A 15-year-old schoolboy was found guilty in Lincoln magistrates’ court in England yesterday of racial harrassment of a 14-year-old schoolgirl. The case is regarded as a landmark case, the first such case of its kind. The girl, who was of mixed English and African heritage, had already changed schools once to avoid racial abuse. She initially did not report the abuse at the new school, for fear that the boy would turn violent. The girl’s parents first learned of it was when she attempted to commit suicide, in January, by taking a combination of stress pills and painkillers. The boy was found guilty after a six-hour trial. He is scheduled for sentencing on August the 13th. Another 15-year-old boy charged with the same offence was found not guilty.

65-year-old woman arrested over the death of two Mexican wrestlers[]

A 65-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two Mexican midget wrestlers. Brothers Alejandro and Alberto Perez Jimenez were found dead in their hotel room in Mexico City, Mexico. The brothers’ drinks had been spiked with a fatal dose of eye drops and the pair were robbed. The mini wrestlers entered their hotel room with two women. Later, surveillance cameras recorded the two women leaving the hotel alone. The police traced and arrested one of the female suspects by way of a stolen cell phone that belonged to the wrestlers. Police are still searching for the second woman. The female suspect admits meeting the wrestlers but denies poisoning them. Prosecutors say that there are female gangs in Mexico City who drug and rob men.

Canberra’s Sophie Lavers crowned Miss World Australia[]

Sophie Lavers, a 24-year-old from Canberra, has been crowned Miss World Australia in Sydney. She defeated nineteen other finalists to take the prize and will represent Australia at the Miss World event in South Africa. The entrants were judged based on several categories including best talent, healthy body image, sports and fitness and beauty with a purpose. She has been described in the media as having an “amazing figure” and it has been rumoured that she has used this for modelling work. However, Lavers has said that her body has only been modelled for a good cause: “Some do think that, but I have only ever modelled for charity.” Lavers is now set to head to Johannesburg for the December 12 global competition. “I’ve got to get a month of outfits ready and get a talent and another speech and everything. Oh goodness.”

Taco Bell mascot Gidget dies from stroke at 15[]

Gidget, the chihuahua featured in the Taco Bell adverts in the United States has died from a stroke. The dog died at the age of 15 on Tuesday night. The dog was featured in the 1990’s adverts that ran from 1997 to 2000. Gidget was portrayed as a male dog and is remembered for the dubbed saying “Yo quiero Taco Bell” which is Spanish for “I want Taco Bell.” The advert was meant to be shown only once but was turned into a campaign. Gidget was also featured in Legally Blonde 2 and adverts for the board game Trivial Pursuit.

Ivory Coast fined US$47,000 by FIFA over March stampede[]

FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association has fined the Ivorian Football Federation $47,000 over the stadium disaster on March 29. Between 20 to 22 football fans died and over 130 injured as 36,000 fans packed into the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium to see the Ivory Coast face Malawi in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match. The stadium holds a capacity of 34,600. The stampede took place after thousands of fans massed outside the stadium trying to get in and a wall collapsed. The game was played despite the accident and the Ivory Coast won 5-0. The Ivory Coast’s government has opened up their own investigation into the disaster.

Rugby Union: Queensland’s Ballymore Cup quarter finals[]

The Ballymore Cup Quarter Finals were played Wednesday. The Ballymore Cup is a state wide Rugby Union competition in the Australian state of Queensland.

Scores are as follows.

Siena Catholic College 11, Marsden State High School 5

Corinda State High School 0, All Saints Anglican School 44

North Side Christian College 0, John Paul College 47

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July 22, 2009

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Ukranian former official admits to murdering journalist[]

A former official from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has confessed to involvement in the abduction and murder of journalist Georgiy R. Gongadze in 2000. Olexiy Pukach has also implicated other officials in the crime. Gongadze criticised the government of then-President Leonid Kuchma. On September 16, 2000, he was abducted and his decapitated remains were found two weeks later near Kiev. Kuchma’s opponents described the slaying as political, and there was widespread controversy on national and international levels. Kuchma himself is alleged to be directly involved, as a series of tapes totaling over 700 hours have been leaked after they were allegedly made in secret by one of his bodyguards; the evidence has been ruled inadmissible by a parliamentary commission that failed to prove or disprove their authenticity. Kuchma denies any involvement.

Former U.S. Presidential candidate Gene Amondson dies following a stroke[]

Preacher, painter and prohibition activist Gene Amondson, best known for his runs as the U.S. presidential nominee for one faction of the Prohibition Party in 2004 and as the party’s de facto nominee in 2008, died yesterday surrounded by his four children after falling into a coma following a stroke. He was 65 years old. He was strongly opposed to the sale of alcohol. As an activist, he filmed documentaries and held demonstrations supporting his cause. Amondson made many appearances on television, including two visits to the Oprah Winfrey Show as a painter and was interviewed by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show during his 2008 run. He was also interviewed by Wikinews in June 2008, during his presidential campaign. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 25 at Amondson’s home town of Vashon Island, Washington.

Foxconn employee commits suicide over missing iPhone in China[]

Sun Danyong, a 25-year-old employee of Foxconn, jumped from the 12th floor of a residential building in Shenzhen, China and died on the spot after he lost a new sample of an iPhone mobile phone and was suspected of stealing it. Sun worked with Foxconn, which is one of the factories licensed to produce the iPhone in Guanlan, Shenzhen, since he graduated from the renowned Harbin Institute of Technology last year. Before Sun committed suicide, he chatted with his former university classmates and said he suffered from an unlawful search, detention and beatings when he was investigated. At present, the department head who had allegedly mistreated Sun has been suspended from his job and is being investigated by the police.

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July 21, 2009

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Black spot on Jupiter is impact site, says NASA[]

A black spot about the size of the Earth that appeared on the upper cloud surface of the planet Jupiter on July 19 has been confirmed to be the result of a massive object, probably a comet or asteroid, crashing into the planet, according to the results of infrared observations of the planet taken at NASA’s Mauna Kea Observatory. The spot, located near Jupiter’s south pole, was first reported by Anthony Wesley, an amateur astronomer from Murrumbateman, New South Wales, Australia who was observing the planet late on the 19th. Wesley called in a tip to NASA whose Jet Propulsion Laboratory began their own observations at the Infrared Telescope Facility. A team under Glenn Orton then confirmed Wesley’s original theory. Wesley’s tip was instrumental in securing the best possible observations. “We were extremely lucky to be seeing Jupiter at exactly the right time, the right hour, the right side of Jupiter to witness the event. We couldn’t have planned it better”, said Orton in a NASA press release. The object responsible for Jupiter’s new black spot was not detected prior to its impact.

Workers at England wind turbine plant stage occupation[]

About 30 workers at the Vestas wind turbine plant in Newport, Isle of Wight, England have occupied their factory in protest against the upcoming closure of the plant. The factory, the main site for the manufacture of turbines for wind power in the United Kingdom, is scheduled to close at the end of July, bringing with it the loss of 625 jobs. The workers, most of whom are not affiliated with any union, began their occupation around 7pm. Speaking via mobile phone from the factory, “Mark”, a worker in Vestas’s finishing shop who prefers not to give any last name for fear of management reprisals, called the atmosphere “really good.” “It’s all right, we’re getting a lot of support”, he said. Mark told Wikinews that the workers at Vestas have received messages of support from members of the SWP, the TUC, and Unite. Members of the Socialist Party are also taking part in the industrial action and the party has announced its support for the occupation. Mark closed by thanking the public for its support, saying “we’ve got to keep on doing this sort of work — it’s for all our futures”

20 years on: Sioux City, Iowa remembers crash landing that killed 111[]

Twenty years ago, on July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 crash landed in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.. 111 of those on board were killed – but the actions of the crew helped save the other 185 flying on the DC-10. The airliner was a trijet, with one engine mounted in the tail. This engine had a cracked fan disc which went undetected by the airline despite inspections, and on that flight the component failed completely, shattering and sending debris flying. This debris damaged all three hydraulic systems that controlled the aircraft, leaving the jet without any conventional means of control. A ceremony was held in Sioux City to mark the anniversary. The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation resulted in new procedures for the way airlines inspect their aircraft in the U.S.

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July 20, 2009

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Monday, July 20, 2009

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Fortieth anniversary of first manned Moon landing[]

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first ever landing of humans on the Moon. Launched on July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface at 20:17 UTC on July 20. The historic anniversary was marked by the current United States President, Barack Obama, meeting the crew, Neil Armstrong, “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins, who remained in lunar orbit while the other two were the first men on the satellite’s surface. The culmination of the 1960s space race between the Soviet Union and the U.S. was not solely the work of the Americans. Among the statements surrounding the anniversary, Armstrong had written a message praising the Australian team at Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra. Without their involvement there would have been no black and white television pictures for the millions worldwide who watched man’s first step onto the Moon.

Helicopter crash kills sixteen at NATO base in Afghanistan[]

A civilian helicopter chartered by NATO has crashed while taking off from Kandahar International Airport in Afghanistan, killing sixteen. The Mil Mi-8 did not come under enemy fire. The helicopter had been chartered from the Russian company Vertical-T and all the victims were civilians. A NATO statement said that there was no obvious cause for the accident but hostile fire had been ruled out. Emergency responders are on the scene. Five other people were wounded in the accident. The airport serves as NATO’s operating base for southern Afghanistan.

Two separate fighter jet crashes kill two, injure two in Afghanistan[]

A United States fighter jet crash on Saturday has claimed the lives of the two American pilots onboard in eastern Afghanistan, and a NATO fighter crash at Kandahar Airfield has injured two more pilots today. Saturday’s accident involved a U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-15, which crashed at 3:15 a.m. Kabul time in Nawur, Ghazni. Both of those on the two-man fighter were killed The MOD of the United Kingdom confirmed that the aircraft in today’s accident was an RAF Tornado GR4 which crashed on take-off. The crash occurred at 7:20 a.m. local time and the wreckage burned for five hours. Both pilots ejected safely but sustained minor injuries, they are currently being treated and assessed in hospital.

Taliban publicize video of captured U.S. solider Bowe Bergdahl[]

On Saturday, the Taliban released a video showing Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. solider captured in Paktika, Afghanistan on June 30. In the film, Bergdahl, of Ketchum, Idaho, says he is frightened and asks that the United States, “Please, please bring us home so we can be back where we belong and not over here”. The events leading to Bergdahl’s abduction remain somewhat unclear. Taliban commander Mulvi Sangeen claimed that Bergdahl had gone to a military post on his own, became intoxicated, and was ambushed on the way back to his vehicle. The U.S. military has dismissed this. The mayor of Ketchum has said that, “As the mayor, I can say this is a community situation. I trust the leadership of this country, the wisdom of the people who are serving and the decisions that led up to the situation.”

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June 25, 2009

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Singer and songwriter Michael Jackson dies[]

Breaking News According to TMZ.com and the Los Angeles Times, singer and songwriter Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50. However other reports state that Jackson is in a coma after being rushed to UCLA Medical Center. Rescue crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department had earlier responded to his home in Hombly Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. According to TMZ, staff members found the star to be not breathing. A 911 call was made and received, according to Fire Captain Steven Ruda, from Michael Jackson’s home at 12:21 p.m.(PDT). Paramedics responded to his home just before 12:30 p.m. (PDT) after receiving the 911 call. Paramedics attempted CPR, for a suspected cardiac arrest but could not revive Jackson. Although there has been no official confirmation of the identity of the patient, the celebrity website TMZ, which has previously reliably broken similar stories, has taken the step of reporting on the death of the star. Also, the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press have said they have confirmed his death with anonymous sources familiar with the situation. According to CNN, the road on which Jackson lived has been blocked off in an attempt to reduce traffic at the location.

Steelmaker Corus to cut 2000 jobs in the UK and Netherlands[]

Corus, the fifth largest steelmaker in the world is set to cut 2000 jobs in both the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. 123 jobs are reported to be going in The Netherlands with the remainder going in the United Kingdom. Corus have blamed the job cuts due to the “further deterioration” for the demand of steel in both the United States and Europe. The company has around 50,000 employees world wide.

Freed journalist calls on Iran to release aid worker[]

At a press conference held Wednesday in Paris, France, Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi called on Iran to release Silva Harotonian, an Iranian citizen working for a United States aid agency. Saberi was jailed in Iran on charges of spying, and prior to her release shared a cell with Harotonian. Harotonian was convicted of attempting to initiate a revolution, and received a sentence in January of three years in jail.

Saturn moon may contain liquid water[]

A report published in the science journal Nature, of results from the Cassini probe, indicate the discovery of the existence of liquid water on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and with it the possibility of extraterrestrial life.However until further flybys and missions can be carried out other mechanisms for the presence of salt water ice cannot yet be ruled out.

Google not accessible in some parts of China[]

The search engine giant Google is reportedly not accessible in some parts of China and Google.com services such as mail were down from Wednesday night to Thursday morning Beijing time. Google officials have not commented but said they were investigating reasons behind the outage.

Queen’s University agree to cut 103 members of staff[]

Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland has agreed to cut 103 members of staff and to close its German department. The ruling body agreed with the cuts claiming that it would save money and also increase the school’s chances of entering the world’s top 100 universities. According to the BBC, the university wishes to ensure that most of the academic staff takes part in “high quality” research, so those who just teach students are most at risk of losing their jobs.

World’s smallest car enters Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum[]

The Peel P50, a single door, three wheel microcar went on display at New York’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum on Monday. The little car can travel as fast as 38 mph (61 kph), and comes equipped with a handle on the car so the driver can pull the car to back up. Only twenty of the vehicles have survived since 1963, and the original price of £199 has soared to approximately £40,000 (US$ 65,000) today.

USA upsets Spain, wins 2–0 in FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal[]

The United States defeated Spain in the semifinal round of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, claiming their first berth in the tournament’s final. The United States, ranked #14 in FIFA World Rankings, snapped Spain’s 35-match unbeaten streak heading into the game. The United States will play defending Confederations Cup champion Brazil or host team South Africa on Sunday in the tournament finals.

Gisela Dulko knocks Maria Sharapova out of Wimbledon[]

Former champion Maria Sharapova of Russia saw her comeback attempt come to an early end, as Argentina’s Gisela Dulko beat her, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Dulko faces 10th-seeded Nadia Petrova in the third round, after the Russian beat Shahar Peer of Israel, 6-3, 6-2.

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June 24, 2009

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Iran and Britain expel diplomats after Iranian presidential election[]

Iran has expelled two British diplomats. In response, the United Kingdom announced yesterday that in a tit-for-tat move it had called its Iranian ambassador in, to inform Iran that it will be expelling two Iranian diplomats. The expulsions come in the wake of the recent Iranian presidential election, and hostility directed by Iran to the United Kingdom by Iranian leaders and official news services, including statements made by Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei calling the British government the “most evil” of foreign governments. Commenting upon the expulsion as it was announced, Leader of the Opposition in the British House of Commons, David Cameron, urged people to remember that this was not a conflict between Iran and the United Kingdom, but was an internal Iranian conflict, between Iranians and other Iranians.

Bagram abuse exposed by ex-detainees[]

The BBC claims that they have uncovered allegations of abuse and neglect at Bagram, a United States detention facility in Afghanistan. According to the BBC, they interviewed 27 men over a period of two months. Apparently, only two said they had been treated well, with others claiming they were ill-treated, by use of stress positions, removing their clothes in front of female soldiers or other situations. Four detainees claimed they were threatened with death at gunpoint. Bagram has come under fire before, because it is out of the jurisdiction of many laws banning torture and inhumane treatment and prisoners have no access to lawyers or to a justice system.

Authorites arrest 7 state officials over Mexico childcare centre fire[]

Authorities in the Mexican state of Sonora arrested 7 state officials, from the state finance department, yesterday; and charged them with negligent homicide for the deaths of 47 children in a fire at a daycare centre that occurred earlier this month. In 2005, the Hermosillo, Mexico daycare was advised to carry out repairs in a safety inspection went unheeded. It is felt that negligence contributed to the massive fire Friday afternoon, June 5, taking the lives of 47 toddlers and infants and injuring the majority of the 142 children being cared for by 6 staff who were also hospitalized. The owners will be charged with negligence by the state’s Finance Department. The Social Security Institute will also begin a civil lawsuit against the owners. The head of the Social Security Institute has stepped down and others have been suspended.

Togo unanimously vote to abolish the death penalty[]

The parliament of Togo has unanimously voted to abolish the death penalty for all crimes. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who had been campaigning for a global moratorium on the death penalty, witnessed the vote. Zapatero commented on the vote, calling it a “giant step for Togo”. According to human rights organisation Amnesty International, Togo has become the 15th African nation to abolish the death penalty and the 94th country in the world to do so. Those on death row will have the sentence changed to life imprisonment.

High school football coach shot dead at school gym in Iowa[]

An American football coach has been shot at his school gym in Iowa. Ed Thomas was shot in front of his students at around 8.00 am local time. Thomas was in the weight room at the time of the shooting. An adult male has been arrested suspected of his murder. Thomas was well known in the local community for his work. When Parkersburg was hit by a tornado in the summer of 2008 Thomas worked endlessly to restore the damaged football field. County Sherriff Jason Johnson said that “Coach Thomas is the pillar of the community. Anything that affects him affects Parkersburg”. No students were injured during the shooting.

American TV personality and “Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon dies at 86[]

Ed McMahon, the long time announcer of The Tonight Show has died age 86. McMahon who joined The Tonight Show in 1962 died at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Centre shortly after midnight on June 23. Made famous by his “Here’s Johnny” catchphrase McMahon worked with Tonight Show host Johnny Carson for 30 years. McMahon is survived by his wife Pam and five children. No funeral arrangements have been made yet.

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June 23, 2009

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Sarkozy says burqa is “not welcome” in France[]

The President of France Nicolas Sarkozy Monday, in a speech to a joint session of both houses of the Parliament of France, stated that the burqa “will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic”. In the speech, Sarkozy said that “We cannot accept, in our country, women imprisoned behind a mesh, cut off from society, deprived of all identity. That is not the French Republic’s idea of women’s dignity.” He stated that the burqa “is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience.” France is home to Western Europe’s largest Islamic community, with some five million Muslims living there.

Tensions continue to rise between North Korea and United States[]

Tensions have started to rise again between the United States and North Korea. North Korea claims that the United States have planned to start an atomic war against them due to Obama recently reaffirming the nuclear protection of South Korea. Singapore has stated that if the Korean flagship the Kang Nam is carrying a weapon that is in violation of the United Nations sanctions it would take immediate action. According to a senior member of the United States military, the USS John McCain is ready to intercept the Kang Nam but have no plans to do so.

Washington Metro collision kills nine, injures many[]

At least nine people have been reported killed in a serious collision incident between two metro trains in Washington, D.C., United States. The collision which occurred on the Red Line between Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations of the city’s Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority during the early evening (1700 local time) is also reported to have injured a number of other passengers. The cause of the collision incident is still unclear, although it has been suggested by some sources that a derailment or head on collision may have led to the incident.

U.K. MPs elect John Bercow as new Speaker of the House of Commons[]

Following the resignation of Speaker Michael Martin, which took effect on Monday, members of the House of Commons, the lower house of the British houses of parliament, yesterday elected John Bercow as the new Speaker of the House. After confirmation by a unanimous acclamation, with no “noes” voiced, John Bercow became the Speaker-elect for the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons.

Former Scientology executives say leader David Miscavige abused staff[]

The Florida newspaper St. Petersburg Times published investigative articles on Scientology on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, including exclusive interviews with former high-ranking executives within the organization. Four former Scientology executives stated that they witnessed the Church of Scientology’s leader David Miscavige physically strike staff members numerous times. The St. Petersburg Times reported Monday on the attention received by the investigative articles in other media. By Monday the first article in the series had received over 3,600 “diggs” at the social news website Digg and generated over 420 comments at the site.

Outro[]

This has been a News Brief from Wikinews.org, the free news source, and has been released under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license. Until next time, thank you for listening and good day.

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June 22, 2009

News Briefs: June 22, 2009

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News Briefs: June 22, 2009

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Monday, June 22, 2009

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Audio Wikinews News Brief for June 22, 2009

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Intro[]

From wikinews, the free news source, this is the audio wikinews brief for Monday, June 22 2009. I’m James Pain. As of 22:17 UTC of this day there are no new or updated news stories.

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Outro[]

This has been a News Brief from Wikinews.org, appologies for the lack of news. This recording has been released under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license. Until next time, thank you for listening and a very good day.

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