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White House reverses Geneva Conventions stance

White House reverses Geneva Conventions stance

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

After the Supreme Court ruling from June 29, 2006, the White House has announced that from now on all U.S. detainees are entitled to the protection Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, including the detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. The Supreme Court ruled that the system of military tribunals set up by the U.S. at Guantanamo was illegal. The announcement came just hours before Congress debates how to change the military tribunals to comply with the court ruling.

After September 11, 2001 the Bush administration argued that those captured by the U.S. in the global ‘war on terror’ are “illegal enemy combatants” rather than prisoners of war.

United States attorney general Alberto Gonzalez argued in 2002 that fighting the war on terror requires new techniques and that the Geneva Conventions are “obsolete”.

White House press secretary Tony Snow denied that the announcement constitutes a major shift in policy. “It is not really a reversal of policy. Humane treatment has always been the standard,” he said.

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Several blasts rock Mumbai commuter trains

Several blasts rock Mumbai commuter trains

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Map showing the ‘Western line’ and blast locations.

Seven bombs exploded Tuesday at various local railway stations in the city of Mumbai, India between 6:24 pm and 6:35 pm IST (GMT+5:30).

The first blast ripped through the first-class compartment of a local train from Churchgate to Borivali, near the Khar station. Subsequent blasts occurred at Bhayandar station near Mira Road, Mahim station, Matunga, Jogeshwari and Borivali. A seventh blast has occurred in the Khar-Santacruz subway. Local phone lines in Mumbai have been jammed. The Press Trust of India, quoting railway officials, said all seven explosions had targeted first-class cars. An eighth bomb was later defused at the Borivali station.

According to official report at least 183 people have died and over 714 were injured in the blasts, although the figures could rise given the fact that Western Railway trains are very crowded during the evening rush hour. Police are reportedly conducting raids throughout India in response to the bombings. Officials in Mumbai claim the explosions were a deliberate attack. India’s Home Minister Shivraj Patil said authorities had “some” information that an attack was coming “but place and time was not known”. Heavy monsoon downpours have hampered the rescue efforts of the emergency services.

The Indian capital New Delhi has reportedly been put on high alert after the blasts. Airports across the country are also on high alert as are sensitive installations in Mumbai. Mumbai’s train system has been suspended and calls are made to keep the public away from the city’s train stations.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh called a emergency cabinet meeting and then released a statement saying that the bombings which have hit India lately are “shocking and cowardly attempts to spread a feeling of fear and terror among our citizens”. The country’s leading opposition party, BJP, claimed that the current policies of the government put the country in danger for terrorism.

There has been no claim of responsibility, but the attack has the trademarks of Kashmiri Islamic terrorist groups like the Lashkar-e-Toiba. The group is known to have has set off bombs in quick succession in Indian cities before. India’s domestic intelligence agency, the Intelligence Bureau, claims that this attack, as also the grenade attacks in Jammu and Kashmir earlier today were aimed at diverting attention from the elections being held in Pakistani Kashmir.

A terrorist and key supplier of explosives were arrested in Jangpura area of Central Delhi on Monday after a tip-off. The police recovered 2 kg of RDX, an explosive widely used by the military, in his possession. The police are interrogating him to find out if he had anything to do with the recent bombings.

Local helpline numbers

Hospitals [to which injured have been taken]
Cooper Hospital  : 26207254, 26207256
Hinduja Hospital : 24451515, 24452222
Lilavati Hospital: 26438281, 26438282
Western Railway

  • 022-22005388
  • 022-23094064
  • 022-23004000
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Emergency Services

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Islamists win battle for Mogadishu

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Islamists win battle for Mogadishu

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Two days of vicious fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has finally subsided with the surrender of troops loyal to the last remaining warlord in the city, Abdi Qeybdid.

Around 500 soldiers loyal to Qeybdid handed themselves over to the Union Of Islamic Courts (UIC) on Tuesday, giving the UIC control of around 99% of the capital. It was not without cost however. Estimates suggest that at least 70 people have been killed since fighting broke out on Sunday, although Reuters news agency puts the figure as high as 140.

One doctor at Medina hospital in Mogadishu told IRIN: “We confirmed 43 yesterday [Monday] and 54 Sunday, a total of 97 deaths,” although he admitted that more were being buried on the battlefield.

Abdi Qeybdid is thought have been injured and still hiding inside the city. He is one of the last of the United States backed secular warlords who took control of the capital with the collapse of the government in 1991. The government itself is too weak to maintain the capital and so has been based in the southern town of Baidoa. It is now divided over whether to continue negotiations with the Islamists, who it accuses of breaking an agreed ceasefire; talks between the two sides were supposed take place on Sunday in Khartoum.

The U.S. has accused the Courts of links with Al-Qaeda, which is strongly denied by one of the UIC leaders, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys.

Relative calm has returned to Mogadishu, with people back on the streets and traffic returning to normal. In parts of the city already controlled by the Islamic Courts, road blocks have been lifted and the cost of food has dropped considerably. Many however are wary of the extremist elements within the Courts, which have so far seen the banning of the World Cup coverage and public floggings.

Now many in Mogadishu wish peace for a city that had taken damage as the site of many bloody fights over the past 16 years.

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Canadian boy, sucked into water pump, loses feet

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Canadian boy, sucked into water pump, loses feet

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A seven-year-old boy’s feet were severed after he was sucked into a water pump at a swimming pool. He is in intensive care as police investigate the water-park accident.

He was seriously injured yesterday when his feet became stuck in a pump that circulates water in one of the pools at Le Camping des Glissades d’eau St-Pie, in Sainte-Pie, Québec, 55 km (35 miles) east of Montréal.

Doctors amputated the boy’s legs below the knee. The boy will be given prosthetic feet.

“He should be able to walk by the end of the summer and to be back to school,” said, doctors. “He will have to learn to walk again.”

Park spokesman Denis Arcand said, “the pump did not have a protective grill over it at the time of the accident”.

The park is now closed and will stay closed while police are investigating.

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World Cup official attempts suicide

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World Cup official attempts suicide

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Top German FIFA World Cup official Juergen Kiessling was found in his Reinickendorf, Germany (a borough of Berlin) home after a neighbor heard a gunshot. He was rushed to the hospital shortly after midnight with what seems to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Two suicide notes were found, one addressed to his daughter, and one addressed to the remainder of his family. The motive for the apparent suicide attempt is not yet clear.

The 65-year-old is listed in serious condition at Virchow Clinical Center in Berlin.



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Searchers of pig farm for pig digested human remains receive counseling

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Pigs heading to market

The Vancouver Sun obtained two reports relating to the search of a British Columbia pig farm believed to be the location of 26 murders where the women’s bodies were fed to the pigs which later went to market.

Police have said the investigation was “unprecedented in Canadian history” for its investigative and forensic aspects. The Canadian RCMP said that over 600 people waded through piles of animal waste, and uncovered the gruesome evidence.

The documents show that about 500 police and civilians, as well as 102 anthropology students were involved and received counselling throughout the search for forensic human remains.

“Water and soil analysis had to be done on a regular basis to check for contaminates that may cause health concerns for on-site personnel.” the health services report said. “The investigators had to go through a lot of bird waste and animal waste, and infections from this was always a concern…. Gloves and masks (were) worn by all working on the site.”

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Portion of ceiling collapses in Boston tunnel

Portion of ceiling collapses in Boston tunnel

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Massive concrete ceiling panels came crashing down in the I-90 Connector Tunnel of the Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston killing a 38-year old woman.

The woman, Milena M. Delvalle, 38, of Jamica Plain was traveling with her husband, Angel Delvalle, 46 to Logan Airport just after 11:00 pm. At least four 3-ton ceiling panels fell on their car, partially crushing it. Milena Delvalle died on the spot while her husband managed to crawl out of the car window, sustaining only minor injuries.

The panels are designed to be held in position by metal rods and an epoxy “glue”, which appear to have failed, causing the collapse. The investigation into the collapse is focusing on the epoxy, reports CBS 4.

The tunnel, which was opened in 2003, is part of the Big Dig project.

With the connector tunnel remaining closed, The collapse has caused substantial traffic delays.

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Microsoft ends support for Windows 98 and Me

Microsoft ends support for Windows 98 and Me

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A typical Windows 98 desktop.

As Microsoft had previously announced, they will stop supporting three older versions of their flagship Windows operating system software, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows Millennium Edition (Me).

On July 11, 2006 technical and public support and critical security updates for these products will end, as part of the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy. In their customer notification about the change, the software giant says they are ending support “because [these products] are outdated and these older operating systems can expose customers to security risks”, and that customers are advised to upgrade to the company’s newer Windows XP.

IDC analysts say that seventy million will be affected by the change. Because of the lack of security updates for Windows 98, it is possible that any still-existing security problems can be exploited.

Support questions on the Microsoft website relating to the software products can still be accessed and will remain for at least another year. Microsoft ended free support for these products in 2003. The end date of Extended Support for Windows 98 was originally January 16, 2004.

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Pink Floyd\’s Syd Barrett dies at age 60

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Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett dies at age 60

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Today, it was announced that Syd Barrett, the founding member of British rock band Pink Floyd died from a complication with diabetes. According to a Pink Floyd spokeswoman, he died days earlier (July 7) but the announcement was withheld. “He died peacefully at home. There will be a private family funeral in the next few days,” said his brother Alan Barrett. “The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett’s death. Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire,” noted a statement issued by Pink Floyd.

During 1967-1968, Syd Barrett was considered to be the main member and songwriter of Pink Floyd. However, due to mental illness, he was forced to leave the band after recording only one album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Barrett had since been a recluse. Pink Floyd recorded Wish You Were Here as a tribute following Barrett’s leave. The album features Shine On You Crazy Diamond, with lyrics explicitly about Barrett’s rise to fame and subsequent dissolution.

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