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Wikinews Shorts: April 19, 2007

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Wikinews Shorts: April 19, 2007

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A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, April 19, 2007.

Compensation sought for New Zealand’s Internet outage

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Wikinews reported previously on an Internet outage in New Zealand that lasted for over five hours. Telecom New Zealand, the company that owns and operates the “local loop”, said that they will review compensation for its customers on a case-by-case basis.

A wholesale ISP is attempting to give its subscribers compensation for the outage. CallPlus says that it is asking Telecom for the thousands of dollars it needs to pass on to its affected customers. They doubt Telecom will give them the money needed.

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Peruvian farmers issue warning to government

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Farmers in Peru striking over the Peruvian government’s stance on coca, have issued an ultimatum. The ultimatum appears to be: negotiate within 24 hours, or face roadblocks indefinitely.

The protests come in response to a coca eradication drive and measures Peruvian president Alan García is taking against cocaine production in the country.

Peruvian police have arrested the leader of the Shining Path rebel group, Jimmy Rodríguez on charges of organising anti-government protests.

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Missile shield to feature in talks

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Meetings are underway at NATO headquarters in an attempt to reassure Russia that the missile defence plans pose no threat. The United States maintains the system is to protect against missiles from rogue states, whereas Russia sees the system as compromising its strategic interests in the region.

In today’s talks NATO allies encouraged the United States to make the planned anti-missile shield capable of covering all of Europe. They did this without committing themselves to joining the project.

Reaction to the proposed system in European states has been mixed.


Water cuts possible as Australia faces drought

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Irrigation water to a substantial proportion of Australia’s farming regions could be cut due to drought conditions, Australian PM John Howard has warned.

Mr Howard’s comments concerned the Murray-Darling Basin, one of the largest systems in Australia. “If it doesn’t rain in sufficient volume over the next six to eight weeks, there will be no water allocations for irrigation purposes in the basin”, adding that the drought conditions could continue until May 2008.

He continued “It is a grim situation, and there is no point in pretending to Australia otherwise,” he said. “We must all hope and pray there is rain.”

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Russian plans for Bering Strait tunnel received with skepticism

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Russia, in coordination with the government of the United States and Canada, is planning to build a tunnel from Russia to Alaska, Viktor Razbegin, deputy head of industrial research at the Russian Economy Ministry, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday.

The tunnel is budgeted to cost US$65 billion and would take 10 to 15 years to build. The tunnel is to provide train and automobile transport between Alaska and the Russian Far East, and to carry petroleum and natural gas pipelines, and high-voltage electrical cable.

The proposed tunnel is 64 miles long, or about 100 kilometers, in total, and is designed to link with two islands in the Bering Strait. The project is expected to have a very positive economic effect in the area.

Derek Brower, an energy market expert, called the project “absurd” and suggested the Russian government is playing political games to threaten its European customers to sign energy deals.

“I’ve never heard of this plan,” said Sergei Grigoryev, Vice President of oil pipeline monopoly Transneft.

“To be honest, anyone who look[s] at the map will realize that the project is too hard to implement,” an anonymous government source told Reuters.

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Canadian soldier falls from tower, dies afterwards

Canadian soldier falls from tower, dies afterwards

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Wednesday, a Canadian soldier died in a non-combat related incident after falling from a communications tower in Afghanistan.

“It was not operationally related at this time. It was simply, unfortunately an accident,” Col. Mike Cessford said. “I would stress that we take every precaution to minimize the dangers to our soldiers. However, risk is inherent in the nature of the work that we do.”

The soldier’s name will not be released until the other relatives have been notified due to the family’s request.

This is the first non-combat related incident in Kandahar. Most Canadian forces are based at Kandahar Airfield as part of the International Security Assistance Force.

Most Canadian soldiers’ deaths were in bomb attacks and/or during combat. Fifty-four Canadian soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the mission began in 2002.

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Bomb blasts in Iraq kill nearly 200

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Several car bombs in Baghdad, Iraq have killed 190 people on Wednesday and wounded over 200 others in what is being reported as the worst string of bombings to occur in Iraq since 2003 when the United States invaded the nation.

One bomb in the Sadriyah market in Baghdad killed at least 140 people. 150 others were wounded in the attack. The same market was under re-construction after it was targeted in February by a bomb which nearly destroyed it. 135 people were killed in that attack.

Just after the blasts, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki had the Iraqi army colonel in charge of the Sadriyah district arrested and called those responsible for the blasts “soldiers of Satan.”

“This monstrous attack… did not distinguish between the old and young, between men and women. It targeted the population in a way that reminds us of the massacres and genocide committed by the former dictatorship,” Maliki told reporters.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq is believed to be responsible for the attacks, though no one has claimed responsibility.

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Nearly a dozen killed in suicide bomber attack in Iraq

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In Baghdad, Iraq, conflicting reports say that 5 to 11 people were killed and 10 to 28 others were wounded when a suicide bomber in a car drove into a fuel truck in the downtown Baghdad district of Karradah, but CNN reports that the blast occurred in the Baghdad district of Jadriya.

The blast happened at approximately 1:15 p.m. local time in Baghdad and reports say that the death toll is higher.

Yesterday, nearly 200 people were killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad.

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Molten steel kills 32 workers in Liaoning,China

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Molten steel kills 32 workers in Liaoning,China

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

An electric steel furnace

Molten steel spilled out and killed 32 workers at the Qinghe Special Steel Corporation mill in the city of Tieling in Liaoning province, China.

The ladle containing 1,500-degree-Celsius liquid steel poured into an open room, where employees take breaks in-between shift changes, at 7:45 a.m. local time. At least 6 others were injured, one of them critically.

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“It is the most serious accident to hit China’s steel industry since 1949,” said China’s deputy head of the State Administration of Work Safety, Sun Huashan.

At least 4 workers have been arrested after the accident. The manager of mill, an operator, technician and a supervisor of a workshop were all arrested and are being questioned as an investigation in launched into what caused the accident to occur.

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