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Synchronised bombings strike Indian state of Assam

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Synchronised bombings strike Indian state of Assam

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At least thirteen bombs were set off in the northeastern state of Assam in India on Thursday. The blasts went off shortly before noon IST (UTC+5:30) at market places and government buildings in the state capital Guwahati and surrounding area.

Reports say that so far 77 people have been confirmed killed and between 200 and 300 injured. 41 of the victims were in Guwahati, 21 in Kokrajhar and 15 in Barpeta.

Assam has been the scene of separatist insurgencies for years, most notably by United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) which was outlawed by the Indian government in 1990. The Associated Press says over 10,000 people have died in separatist violence in the past decade.

The ULFA has denied any involvement, reported the Press Trust of India. Instead, a previously unheard of group, calling itself Islamic Security Force-Indian Mujahideen (ISF-IM) claimed responsibility in a text message to a television station. The message included a warning of future attacks.

Later, people who were apparently upset about the bombings, started rioting in the streets of Guwahati and throwing stones at vehicles. They also torched at least two fire engines. Police shut down roads and implemented a curfew in response to the unrest.

Shakeel Ahmad of the Ministry of Home Affairs said conditions in Assam were “very volatile, the government was on high alert and, even then, this has happened.”

In the past, the government has blamed similar attacks on Islamic militants based in nearby Bangladesh.

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations condemned the attack in a statement.

Ban conveyed “sorrow and sympathy to the Government and people of India for the loss of life and destruction caused by today’s series of bombings,” in the statement which was released on Thursday.



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Sprint Nextel depeers from Cogent Communications

Sprint Nextel depeers from Cogent Communications

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On October 30th Sprint Nextel severed their network connection with Cogent Communications, according to a statement from Cogent. As a result, it is impossible for most Sprint and Cogent customers to communicate directly between each other across the Internet. The actual reasons for the dispute are unknown, though Cogent has had similar disputes in the past with Level3, Telia, Limelight, France Telecom, and AOL.

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The two ISPs are currently in litigation over peering, the free exchange of traffic between the ISPs for little or no cost. In shutting down the peering, according to Cogent, Sprint is in violation of a contractual obligation to exchange Internet traffic. However, according to Sprint, Cogent has failed to meet its criteria for the peering agreement, and should be required to pay for the traffic, which Cogent refused to do.

The de-peering has resulted in some customers of both companies experiencing dropped connections. However, most consumer ISPs and college networks are “multihomed”, and thus could connect through separate lines to both companies.



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Former U.S. President Clinton stumps for Obama, Franken in Minneapolis

Former U.S. President Clinton stumps for Obama, Franken in Minneapolis

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Minneapolis, Minnesota — Speaking to about 4000 people at the Minneapolis Convention Center Thursday night, former U.S. President Bill Clinton gave a speech exhorting audience members to support U.S. Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and Minnesota senatorial candidate Al Franken in the upcoming election on Nov. 4.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (right) speaks at a rally on Oct. 30 in support of Barack Obama, Al Franken (pictured, left) and other Democratic candidates.
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“Barack Obama can lead us in changing the way Americans think about America, the role of government and the way we work together,” Clinton said, according to the Associated Press. “We learned the other way is not worth a flip. We’ve got to work together.”

Clinton — whose wife Hillary Clinton ran against Obama for the Democratic nomination earlier this year — has been accused in the past of not fully supporting Obama’s presidency. He showed no lack of support for both Obama and Franken with whom he shared the stage. Franken is running against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and independent candidate Dean Barkley.

According to Clinton, the Minnesota race is crucial. If Franken is elected, Clinton says he will be one more senator to help Obama run the country without major Republican opposition in the Senate. With 60 Democrats in the Senate, Democrats will be able to push legislation through without filibusters by GOP members, which can cause a bill to delay in passing or fail all together.

“[Obama] has a chance to rewrite the 21st century,” Clinton said, according to the Star Tribune, referring to the presidency of George W. Bush. “Let’s go back and do it right this time. In order to do that, he’s going to have to get some votes. …” in Congress.

The Minnesota race is close. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sen. Coleman leads Franken 37.3 percent to 35.8 percent in an average of recent polls. 16 percent supported Barkley.

Before introducing Clinton, Franken thanked him for the support of him and his wife.

“I am privileged to say the Clintons are my friends,” Franken said, according to the Star Tribune. “But more important, they are friends of the middle class, of working men and women in this state and this country I’m running to represent.”

A Minnesota Public Radio News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll conducted this week found that 52 percent of likely voters supported Obama, while 41 percent supported GOP candidate John McCain. Clinton — who carried the state by a landslide in 1996 — did not hesitate to ask for more votes, telling the crowd: “I want you to do better than that for Barack Obama.”

Clinton was the final speaker in a long list of Minnesota Democrats, including: former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, the mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, R. T. Rybak and Chris Coleman, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Mayor Coleman is not related to Senator Coleman, who also served as mayor of Saint Paul.

All of the speakers touched on continuing to work toward electing Obama, Franken and other Democrats to Minnesota seats in congress. Even with the 11-point lead Obama holds in the MPR poll, Obama campaign staff circulated the hall at the beginning on the rally and at the end asking attendees to volunteer their time going door-to-door and making phone calls to registered Democrats.

“Barack Obama is going to be the next president of the United States,” Mayor Coleman said, according to the Associated Press. “But we’ve got to work to make it happen.”



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Police in Croatia charge five men with murder of journalist

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Croatian Police have arrested 5 people in the killings of the journalist. Police have filed murder charges against the 5 people. Ivo Pukanik was the man that the 5 killed as he was a journalist. Police have also arrested 2 serbians.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081031/ap_on_re_eu/eu_croatia_journalist_killed_1 http://www.charlotteobserver.com/world/story/291339.html

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Police in Croatia charge seven men with murder of journalist

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Croatian Police have arrested 7 people in the killings of the journalist. Police have filed murder charges against the 5 people. Ivo Pukanik was the man that the 5 killed as he was a journalist. Police have also arrested 2 serbians.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081031/ap_on_re_eu/eu_croatia_journalist_killed_1 http://www.charlotteobserver.com/world/story/291339.html

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Croatian Police arrest 7 in jornalists deaths

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Croatian Police have arrested 7 people in the killings of the journalists. Police have filed murder charges against the 5 people. Ivo Pukanik was the man that the 5 killed as he was a journalist. Police have also arrested 2 serbians.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081031/ap_on_re_eu/eu_croatia_journalist_killed_1 http://www.charlotteobserver.com/world/story/291339.html

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Sprint depeers from Cogent

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Sprint Nextel has recently severed their network connection with Cogent Communications, according to a statement from Cogent. As a result, it is impossible for most Sprint and Cogent customers to directly communicate across the Internet.

The two ISPs are currently in litigation over peering, the free exchange of traffic between the ISPs for little or no cost. In shutting down the peering, According to Cogent, Sprint is in violation of a contractual obligation to exchange Internet traffic.

The actual reasons for the dispute are unknown, though Cogent has had similar disputes in the past with Level3, [[[w:Telia|Telia]], Limelight, France Telecom, and AOL.

The depeering has resulted in some customers of both companies experiencing dropped connections. However, most consumer ISPs and college networks are “multihomed”, and thus could connect through separate lines to both companies.


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  • Mikael Ricknäs “Sprint-Cogent dispute puts small rip in fabric of the internet”. InfoWorld, October 31, 2008
  • Rich Miller “Peering Dispute Between Cogent, Sprint”. Data Center Knowledge, October 31, 2008
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Former US President Clinton stumps for Obama, Franken in Minneapolis

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October 31, 2008

Minneapolis, Minnesota – Speaking to about 4000 people at the Minneapolis Convention Center Thursday night, former U.S. President Bill Clinton gave a speech exhorting audience members to support U.S. Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and Minnesota senatorial candidate Al Franken in the upcoming election on Nov. 4.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (right) speaks at a rally on Oct. 30 in support of Barack Obama, Al Franken (pictured, left) and other Democratic candidates.
Image: Caleb Williams/Wikinews.

“Barack Obama can lead us in changing the way Americans think about America, the role of government and the way we work together,” Clinton said, according to the Associated Press. “We learned the other way is not worth a flip. We’ve got to work together.”

Clinton — whose wife Hillary Clinton ran against Obama for the Democratic nomination earlier this year — has been accused in the past of not fully supporting Obama’s presidency. He showed no lack of support for both Obama and Franken with whom he shared the stage. Franken is running against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and independent candidate Dean Barkley.

According to Clinton, the Minnesota race is crucial. If Franken is elected, Clinton says he will be one more senator to help Obama run the country without major Republican opposition in the Senate. With 60 Democrats in the Senate, Democrats will be able to push legislation through without filibusters by GOP members, which can cause a bill to delay in passing or fail all together.

“[Obama] has a chance to rewrite the 21st century,” Clinton said, according to the Star Tribune, referring to the presidency of George W. Bush. “Let’s go back and do it right this time. In order to do that, he’s going to have to get some votes. …” in Congress.

The Minnesota race is close. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sen. Coleman leads Franken 37.3 percent to 35.8 percent in an average of recent polls. 16 percent supported Barkley.

Before introducing Clinton, Franken thanked him for the support of him and his wife.

“I am privileged to say the Clintons are my friends,” Franken said, according to the Star Tribune. “But more important, they are friends of the middle class, of working men and women in this state and this country I’m running to represent.”

A Minnesota Public Radio News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll conducted this week found that 52 percent of likely voters supported Obama, while 41 percent supported GOP candidate John McCain. Clinton — who carried the state by a landslide in 1996 — did not hesitate to ask for more votes, telling the crowd: “I want you to do better than that for Barack Obama.”

Clinton was the final speaker in a long list of Minnesota Democrats, including: former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, the mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, R. T. Rybak and Chris Coleman, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Mayor Coleman is not related to Senator Coleman, who also served as mayor of Saint Paul.

All of the speakers touched on continuing to work toward electing Obama, Franken and other Democrats to Minnesota seats in congress. Even with the 11-point lead Obama holds in the MPR poll, Obama campaign staff circulated the hall at the beginning on the rally and at the end asking attendees to volunteer their time going door-to-door and making phone calls to registered Democrats.

“Barack Obama is going to be the next president of the United States,” Mayor Coleman said, according to the Associated Press. “But we’ve got to work to make it happen.”


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  • Bill Salisbury “Clinton’s loyalties clear”. St. Paul Pioneer Press, October 31, 2008
  • Bob Von Sternberg “Clinton pushes for Franken, Obama”. Star Tribune, October 30, 2008
  • Associated Press “Bill Clinton headlines Mpls. rally”. KSTP, October 30, 2008
  • Tiffany Smith “Bill Clinton visits Minneapolis”. Minnesota Daily, October 30, 2008
  • Poll: Obama maintains big lead in Minn. “Associated Press”. Star Tribune, October 30, 2008
  • Bob Von Sternberg “Minnesota Poll: Obama holds a wide lead over McCain”. Star Tribune, October 19, 2008


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Synchronised bombings strike Indian state Assam

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Friday, October 31, 2008

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At least thirteen bombs were set off in the northeastern state of Assam in India on Thursday. The blasts went off shortly before noon IST (UTC+5:30) at market places and government buildings in the state capital Guwahati and surrounding area.

Reports say that 67 people have been confirmed killed and between 200 and 300 injured.

Assam has been the scene separatist insurgencies for years, most notably by United Liberation Front of Assam which was outlawed by the Indian government in 1990. The Associated Press says over 10,000 people have died in separatist violence in the past decade.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, however.

Later, people who were apparently upset about the bombings, started rioting in the streets of Guwahati and throwing stones at vehicles. They also torched at least two fire engines. Police shut down roads and implemented a curfew in response to the unrest.

Shakeel Ahmad of the Ministry of Home Affairs said conditions in Assam were “very volatile, the government was on high alert and, even then, this has happened.”

In the past, the government has blamed similar attacks on Islamic militants based in nearby Bangladesh.

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  • Hari Kumar and Alan Cowell “Bomb Attacks in India Kill at Least 67”. The New York Times, October 30, 2008
  • Associated Press “Series of Bombs Explode in India, Killing at Least 61”. The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2008
  • “Serial blasts rock Assam; five feared killed”. NDTV, October 30, 2008
  • “Serial blasts in Guwahati, many feared injured”. Hindustan Times, October 30, 2008
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October 30, 2008

Wikinews interviews UK pro darts player Kirk Shepherd

Wikinews interviews UK pro darts player Kirk Shepherd

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Kirk Shepherd is a professional darts player from the United Kingdom. Kirk began playing competitively at 13 for his local pub, and was soon crowned Boys Champion at the Winmau World Masters in 2003. Shepherd was voted Young Player of the Year by the British Darts Organisation in 2005 and 2006.

Shepherd is perhaps best known for his performance at the 2008 PDC World Darts Championship. Forced to qualify for the televised tournament, he then proceeded to knock out a number of well-known players live on television, including Terry Jenkins, Wayne Mardle and former finalist Peter Manley. He ultimately went on to come second in the tournament, becoming the youngest ever finalist, and losing out to John Part in the final.

He has also previously managed to defeat the then world number one, Gary Anderson. Due to his performance at the world championship he will play in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts next month. Ahead of that appearance Wikinews was able to conduct an interview with Kirk, which is now available below:

Interview

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The Grand Slam’s coming up soon. Do you feel confident you can do well in another major tournament?

Yes, I believe in my own ability and know I’ve got the game to beat anyone on my day.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How’s this year been going so far?

Not as well as I would have hoped, but I wont let that rock my confidence.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png When you were at the world championships, did you find playing top-level darts players daunting?

No, I was more exited about it more than anything. I had previously played top players before and won so I knew I could cut it out with the best.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How do you approach a match as an underdog without giving up immediately?

I just believe in my self and confidence is a key factor.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Your website says that in playing darts live on TV and defeating the world number one at the time—Gary Anderson—you have achieved two of your aims. What are your other aims, and when do you hope to achieve them?

My aims are to break in the top 16 which I hope to do by next year and to be a world champion; my aim for this is in the next 5 years.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Who are your darting heroes?

Dennis Priestley

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What first got you interested in darts?

My dad was a keen player so I followed in his footsteps, I guess.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What were your your ambitions before you entered darts professionally, or was that what you had always wanted to do?

Darts has always been my life, I always wanted to be a pro darts player.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you see yourself joining the premier league in a few years?

That would be a great achievement. If I could make this another good run in this years world championship [that] would see me there. I think i can do it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What do you think you would be doing now if it wasn’t for darts?

I would probably go in to the plumbing trade.



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