Wiki Actu en

June 24, 2007

Torrential rainstorms kill over 200 in Karachi, Pakistan

Filed under: Archived,Asia,Disasters and accidents,Pakistan,Weather — admin @ 5:00 am

Torrential rainstorms kill over 200 in Karachi, Pakistan

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Pakistan
Other stories from Pakistan
…More articles here
Location of Pakistan

A map showing the location of Pakistan

To write, edit, start or view other articles on Pakistan, see the Pakistan Portal
Flag of Pakistan.svg

View of Karachi along Korangi Road.
Image: Muhammad Ameen.

Torrential rainstorms with gale force winds brought floods and destruction to Karachi, the capital of Sindh Province in Pakistan.

Over 40 dead were recovered on Saturday and more than 180 on Sunday. Many more are said to have been injured by downed trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are reported as well as some rioting.

“We have declared an emergency at all government hospitals and cancelled the vacations and leave of doctors and paramedics,” said the health minister for Sindh Province, Syed Sardar Ahmed, to AFP. “Now the total number of those killed because of rain is 228,” he told Reuters.

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

America\’s Cup: Alinghi wins first race over Team New Zealand

America’s Cup: Alinghi wins first race over Team New Zealand

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Alinghi on display on August 30, 2006.
Image: Rama..

File:America’s Cup.jpg
The America’s Cup Trophy.
Image: Bob Covarrubias..

The Swiss syndicate, Alinghi has won the first race against Team New Zealand over the challenge for the top yachting award, the 32nd America’s Cup. Alinghi finished the race 35 seconds ahead of Team New Zealand.

In the first race of a best out of nine challenge, Alinghi and Team New Zealand started at an even pace. Team New Zealand managed to edge out 25 metres in front of Alinghi on the right hand side of the course, which Team New Zealand chose by winning the coin toss.

Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker said that the right hand side was the better side at the start of the race. But the wind changed and favoured Alinghi on the left hand side.

But ten minutes through the race, Alinghi’s SUI-100, skippered by New Zealander Brad Butterworth, managed to head out, at times 160 metres in front of NZL-92.

“It felt really good – it was a huge relief to get out there. The racing was close, but we were pretty calm…,” Alinghi trimmer Simon Daubney said.

The wind speeds were around 12.5 knots, with Alinghi grinder, Matt Welling describing the conditions as washing machine like. It has been reported that Team New Zealand modified their yacht, NZL-92, for choppy conditions.

Barker, Team New Zealand weather checker, Adam Beashell, and Daubney agree that SUI-100 isn’t faster than NZL-92, and New Zealand could win in different conditions. Barker said, “You certainly couldn’t blame it on our boat. We are very happy with it. It was just the way the breeze blew today. They are a very strong opponent and they got in front and controlled the race well.” Daubney said, “The boat speed is pretty similar between the two, but it was puffy and the breeze was up and down, so you can’t get too much of a read on it in just one race. From a first look though, it seems the boats are pretty similar in speed.”

Team New Zealand mastman, Barry McKay said the Team New Zealand will bounce back and carry on, a view also shared by Team New Zealand after-guard, Rob Salthouse.

In the last America’s Cup challenge, 2003, Alinghi defeated Team New Zealand 5-0, though in 1995 and 2000, Team New Zealand defeated Alinghi.

Around 800 boats of different sizes and types gathered on the Mediterranean Sea to watch the first race.

Team New Zealand won the right to challenge Alinghi for the cup after defeating Luna Rossa Challenge five-nil for the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Ali Hassan al-Majid and two others sentenced to death by Iraqi court

Ali Hassan al-Majid and two others sentenced to death by Iraqi court

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Iraq
Other stories from Iraq
  • 27 May 2015: Pro-government forces in Iraq launch operation to reclaim Ramadi from Islamic State
  • 19 April 2015: ISIS attacks United States consulate in Irbil, Iraq
  • 11 September 2014: John Kerry visits Iraq to build regional support against Islamic State
  • 6 September 2014: NATO leaders meet for two day summit in Wales
  • 24 August 2014: Islamic State capture Syrian airbase
…More articles here
Location of Iraq

A map showing the location of Iraq

To write, edit, start or view other articles on Iraq, see the Iraq Portal
Flag of Iraq.svg

Al-Majid at an investigative hearing in 2004

A cousin of Saddam Hussein, Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as “Chemical Ali”, was sentenced to death by hanging yesterday in Iraq by the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal, along with two other officials from the former Baath Party. They were sentenced for their roles in the Al-Anfal Campaign, an anti-Kurdish campaign that resulted in the deaths of 180,000 Kurds.

It was during an attack against the Kurds that he received the nickname “Chemical Ali”, for the infamous Halabja poison gas attack, in which he ordered chemical weapons to be used against a town full of Kurdish civilians. The trial did not deal with this specific incident.

Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa told al-Majid that, according to a New York Times report, he had “been convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for ordering army and security services to use chemical weapons in a large-scale offensive that killed or maimed thousands.” Al-Majid was head of the Baath Party’s Northern Bureau Command at the time of the offences.

Al-Majid is reported to have said “Thanks be to God” as he left the court building, although he was trembling and silent when the verdict was read out. Reuters described him as “old-looking” during the sentencing.

Former defense minister Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tal was also sentenced to death, for a large-scale attack on civilians, and for the usage of chemical weapons and illegal deportation against the Kurds. He insisted he was innocent as he left the courtroom, saying “I will not say anything new, but I will leave you to God. I’m innocent,”.

Former deputy director of operations for the Iraqi Armed Forces Hussein Rashid Mohammed was the third to be sentenced to death, for a number of allegations against the Kurds, including making anti-Kurdish military plans. He interrupted the judge during the reading of the verdict, saying that all the defendants were merely defending Iraq from Kurdish rebels. He is reported to have said “God bless our martyrs. Long live the brave Iraqi army. Long live Iraq. Long live the Baath party and long live Arab nations,”.

There were also two sentences of life imprisonment, one for former head of military intelligence’s eastern regional office Farhan Mutlaq Saleh and one for director of military intelligence under Saddam Hussein Sabir al-Douri. Charges were dropped against former governor of Mosul and head of the Northern Affairs Committee Taher Tawfiq al-Ani due to insufficient evidence. This move was expected as the prosecutor had earlier requested his release.

The sentences, unless overturned on appeal, will mark the end of the so-called Anfal trial, the second trial against regime officials since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The other trial was that of Hussein himself, which ended in his execution. Prior to his death, Hussein had also been a defendant in the Anfal trial.

Related news

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Olympus Marathon takes place in northern Greece

Filed under: Archived,Europe,Greece,Sports — admin @ 5:00 am

Olympus Marathon takes place in northern Greece

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mount Olympus in Greece.

One of the most important sport events of northern Greece takes place this weekend in Litochoro, Greece. The Skai Olympus Marathon started yesterday in the roots of the famous mountain, with athletes starting from a sea-level altitude follow 44km of trails at the slopes of Mt.Olympus and reach the height of 2780m. The Greek weightlifter and three-time Olympic champion Pyrros Dimas gave the sign for the start, from the town of Dion. The race was won by Alexis Gounko of Greece. Tonight the event will conclude with a ceremony in Litochoro’s central park.

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

At least four UN peacekeepers killed, six injured by bomb in Lebanon

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 5:00 am

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Map of Lebanon highlighting the Nabatieh Governorate.

Reports say that a roadside bomb or landmine blast has killed at least four United Nations peacekeepers from Spain and injured at least three to six other peacekeepers in the town of Khiam, Nabatieh Governorate in southern Lebanon.

At least two UN armored vehicles were severely damaged by the blast and at least one of those vehicles was carrying a stock of ammunition which caused it to explode after the device detonated.

It is not known who planted the device, but Hezbollah has stated that it is not responsible for the blast and condemns the attack.

“The attack hurts the people of the south and of Lebanon,” said an unnamed Hezbollah official.

It is estimated that there are 15,000 peacekeepers inside Lebanon.

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Powered by WordPress