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150 beached whales die

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Approximately 150 whales have died after being beached in a remote coastal area of Australia’s Tasmania island state. They were discovered on Saturday. Many of the whales had been badly cut by jagged rocks lying on the shore.

Rescuers managed to save a pod of thirty whales that were trapped in shallow reefs by shepherding them out to the open sea by boat.

Last week another 60 whales were also stranded on another part of the island.

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Gunmen kill 8 at Mexican restaurant

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A group of at least twelve gunmen have murdered eight people at a seafood restaurant in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, a city along the border with the United States.

According to Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office spokesman Alejandro Pariente, the gunmen arrived at the restaurant in three separate cars, approached a group of people, and started shooting. Pariente added that no arrests were made.

Juárez has seen escalating levels of violence this year, mostly connected to the illegal drug industry.

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PD-L takes lead in Romanian elections

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The Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L) claimed victory in the first nationwide Romanian national elections since the country joined the European Union. With 71% counted, the PD-L has 33% of the vote.

Preliminary results suggest that the Social Democratic Party obtained approximately 32% of the vote, while the National Liberal Party received 18%. Voter turnout in the election was about 39%.

The results are not yet official.

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Vodafone begins 3G activation, services in NSW fail

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Vodafone begins 3G activation, services in NSW fail

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Customers of Vodafone Australia in New South Wales, Australia have had issues with their service today as Vodafone activates its 3G network. Customers in NSW have had intermittent issues since 8:00 AM AEDT (2100 UTC). At 7:30 PM, Vodafone was yet to advise an ETA on a resolution.

Customers report a range of issues such as intermittent loss of reception, voice calls where no voice can be heard and the inability to access mobile internet and picture messaging.

Ahmed Mazloum, a spokesman for Vodafone, told Wikinews that the issues have been caused by the activation of Vodafone’s 3G network.

“We have commenced switching on 3G on the network and this has caused an unforeseen issue with around ninety percent of the network in New South Wales,” said Mazloum.

“We are aware customers may be frustrated with their lack of service, but they can be assured that Vodafone will be working around the clock until services are returned to normal.”

In December 2007, it was revealed that Vodafone would commence a program to rollout 3G to 95% of the Australian population by December 2008. Vodafone’s current 3G network is only active in capital cities and its 2G network covers 93% of the Australian population.



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Space Shuttle Endeavour lands in California

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Space Shuttle Endeavour lands in California

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STS-126 crew (left to right): Magnus, Bowen, Pettit, Ferguson, Boe, Kimbrough and Stefanyshyn-Piper.
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After windy and stormy conditions in Florida prevented its planned landing at Kennedy Space Center, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) decided to redirect the space shuttle Endeavour to California. It touched down successfully at Edwards Air Force Base at 1:25 p.m. local time, or 21:25, November 30, 2008 (UTC).

NASA normally prefers to land space shuttles at its home base, Kennedy Space Center. In this case, NASA will have to transfer Endeavour atop a jumbo jet from California to Florida at an estimated cost of US$1.8 million.

NASA had launched mission STS-126 on November 14 with eight astronauts led by Commander Christopher J. Ferguson. The mission was intended to make improvements to the International Space Station, including a new bathroom, sleeping quarters, and urine recycling system. The crew also successfully cleared metal shavings from a jammed solar wing rotary joint, which had affected energy production.

Upon the landing, Mission Control radioed, “Welcome back. That was a great way to finish a fantastic flight.”

“And we’re happy to be here in California,” replied Ferguson.



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India\’s Home Minister quits as first political fallout of Mumbai attacks

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P. Chidambaram, India’s new Union Home Minister

The Union Home Minister of India, Shivraj Patil, has resigned a day after the Mumbai attacks came to an end. Patil submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which was later accepted by the President of India. It was the first political reverberation that was felt in the UPA-led government of India.

Finance Minister of India P. Chidambaram has been appointed the successor of Patil. Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh would be handling the finance ministry now. Chidambaram has earlier served in internal security under the administration of Rajiv Gandhi in late 1980s. On Sunday, an all-party meeting was also convened by the Prime Minister to discuss the Mumbai attacks and evolve a consensus within all political parties on how to combat terror.

Shivraj Patil was already facing stiff criticism from Indian media and India’s main political opposition party Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The key allies, such as Rashtriya Janata Dal of the ruling Indian National Congress, had already begun to raise voices for the home minister’s resignation. The inefficiency of India’s security and intelligence agencies to protect the people against a series of terror attacks in the past six months was one reason for Patil’s resignation.

Patil’s resignation comes after the Congress Working Committee (CWC) met, in which Sonia Gandhi had made it clear by expressing unhappiness over the terrorist incidents taking place at regular intervals. The meeting was hostile towards Patil, as many other Union ministers spoke against him.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh had also come under fire in the meeting. Indian media agencies have reported that he would soon follow Patil and may have to resign under pressure. The Minister of State in the office of Prime Minister (PMO) Prithviraj Chavan is reported to become the chief minister if the Congress party high command decides to replace Deshmukh.

Cquote1.svg This is too little, too late. One disaster has been replaced by another proven disaster. Cquote2.svg

—Rajiv Pratap Rudy of the BJP

Patil was a former Speaker of Lok Sabha but had lost the 2004 parliamentary election from Latur constituency in Maharashtra. His proximity with Congress president Sonia Gandhi managed to get him elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2004. In 2007, Patil was a serious contender for the post of president after A P J Abdul Kalam retired.

Meanwhile, the Indian government is considering to stall the five-year old cease-fire with Pakistan and to end the dialogue process in order to send strong diplomatic signals.



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Hillary Clinton nominated as US Secretary of State

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Hillary Clinton nominated as US Secretary of State

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United States President-elect Barack Obama has chosen his former presidential opponent, junior New York Senator Hillary Clinton, to be his next Secretary of State. Obama made his announcement in a press conference in a Chicago, Illinois hotel, where he also named the rest of his ‘security’ cabinet.

“I think she is going to be an outstanding secretary of state. And if I didn’t believe that I wouldn’t have offered her the job and if she didn’t believe that I was equipped to lead this nation at this difficult time, she would not have accepted,” said Obama. “Hillary’s appointment is a sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of my commitment to renew American diplomacy and restore our alliances.”

Clinton promised to give the job “her all”, saying that “the American people have demanded not just a new direction at home, but a new effort to renew America’s standing in the world as a force for positive change.”

Before Obama would make the nomination, former President Bill Clinton had to agree to release information about the donors to his foundations. He has also agreed to disclose his sources of income to the United States Department of State and the White House.

Obama also named the rest of his security cabinet, confirming that he will continue with the current Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates. Obama also confirmed that retired U.S. Marine Corps general James L. Jones will be his next national security adviser and Susan Rice will be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

All of the nominations will require confirmation by the Senate, once Obama takes office as President.



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British charities form fund recovery group

British charities form fund recovery group

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A group of 26 British charities have formed a group to lobby the government to provide them with the funds that they lost during the collapse of Icelandic banks.

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The group, called Save Our Savings, will in addition to lobbying the government will also lobby the creditors of the fallen banks.

The chief executive of Cats Protection and Naomi House, Peter Hepburn and Khalid Aziz, are acting as spokespeople for the group.

“Naomi House has been campaigning for the safe return of our funds since October, and we are not giving up until they are returned in full,” stated Aziz. “The £5.7million we have at risk has been donated by our supporters in the local communities we serve. We owe it to them and the families who use Naomi House to keep up the pressure on the administrators and the Government to ensure that this is done as soon as possible.”

“The team at Naomi House has been working with Cats Protection to secure a place on the Creditors Committee; success will give the hospice a voice during the administration process,” he continued. “Forming the action group, Save Our Savings, will help to achieve this, and by working together, we increase our chances of representation.”



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India’s Home Minister quits as first political fallout of Mumbai attacks

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P. Chidambaram, India’s new Union Home Minister

The Union Home Minister of India, Shivraj Patil, has resigned a day after the Mumbai attacks came to an end. Patil submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which was later accepted by the President of India. It was the first political reverberation that was felt in the UPA-led government of India.

Finance Minister of India P. Chidambaram has been appointed the successor of Patil. Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh would be handling the finance ministry now. Chidambaram has earlier served in internal security under the administration of Rajiv Gandhi in late 1980s. On Sunday, an all-party meeting was also convened by the Prime Minister to discuss the Mumbai attacks and evolve a consensus within all political parties on how to combat terror.

Shivraj Patil was already facing stiff criticism from Indian media and India’s main political opposition party Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The key allies, such as Rashtriya Janata Dal of the ruling Indian National Congress, had already begun to raise voices for the home minister’s resignation. The inefficiency of India’s security and intelligence agencies to protect the people against a series of terror attacks in the past six months was one reason for Patil’s resignation.

Patil’s resignation comes after the Congress Working Committee (CWC) met, in which Sonia Gandhi had made it clear by expressing unhappiness over the terrorist incidents taking place at regular intervals. The meeting was hostile towards Patil, as many other Union ministers spoke against him.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh had also come under fire in the meeting. Indian media agencies have reported that he would soon follow Patil and may have to resign under pressure. The Minister of State in the office of Prime Minister (PMO) Prithviraj Chavan is reported to become the chief minister if the Congress party high command decides to replace Deshmukh.

This is too little, too late. One disaster has been replaced by another proven disaster.

—Rajiv Pratap Rudy of the BJP

Patil was a former Speaker of Lok Sabha but had lost the 2004 parliamentary election from Latur constituency in Maharashtra. His proximity with Congress president Sonia Gandhi managed to get him elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2004. In 2007, Patil was a serious contender for the post of president after A P J Abdul Kalam retired.

Meanwhile, the Indian government is considering to stall the five-year old cease-fire with Pakistan and to end the dialogue process in order to send strong diplomatic signals.


Sources

  • “Sonia’s remarks show Patil the door”. Times of India, November 30, 2008
  • “Chidambaram takes over as home minister”. Times of India, November 30, 2008
  • “Indian minister resigns over Mumbai attacks”. CNN, November 30, 2008
  • “Patil out, politics in: A face-saver good enough?”. CNN IBN, November 30, 2008
  • “Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh may be removed”. Times of India, November 30, 2008
  • “The dapper Mr Patil never fit into Home Ministry”. CNN IBN, November 30, 2008


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Canada’s minority Conservative government facing a vote of non-confidence

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In a unique situation without exact precedent in Canadian history, the (parliamentary) minority government of Conservative prime minister Steven Harper is facing a vote of non-confidence in the Canadian House of Commons and possible replacement with a Liberal-NDP coalition, tacitly supported by the Bloc Quebecois; effectively uniting the 3 opposition parties currently holding seats in the house, & giving them a tentative majority.

Currently, the first opportunity for the new coalition to remove the Conservatives from power is scheduled for December 8, 2008. The Conservatives have already pushed back the date of the vote by a week.

If the government loses this vote, the decision will fall to the Governor-General of Canada, Michaelle Jean, whether to grant the opposition parties’ request to form a new government, or to call a new election.

While there is no exact precedent for this situation in Canadian history, the move is considered constitutional and legal. The historical record of most-comparable instances, and the fact that a federal election was held less than 2 months previously, strongly suggest that the Governor-General will ask the opposition parties to form a government.


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Canada’s minority Conservative government facing a vote of non-confidence

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In a unique situation without exact precedent in Canadian history, the (parliamentary) minority government of Conservative prime minister Steven Harper is facing a vote of non-confidence in the Canadian House of Commons and possible replacement with a Liberal-NDP coalition, tacitly supported by the Bloc Quebecois; effectively uniting the 3 opposition parties currently holding seats in the house, & giving them a tentative majority.

Currently, the first opportunity for the new coalition to remove the Conservatives from power is scheduled for December 8, 2008. The Conservatives have already pushed back the date of the vote by a week.

If the government loses this vote, the decision will fall to the Governor-General of Canada, Michaelle Jean, whether to grant the opposition parties’ request to form a new government, or to call a new election.

While there is no exact precedent for this situation in Canadian history, the move is considered constitutional and legal. The historical record of most-comparable instances, and the fact that a federal election was held less than 2 months previously, strongly suggest that the Governor-General will ask the opposition parties to form a government.


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Canada’s minority Conservative government facing a vote of non-confidence

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In a unique situation, without exact precedent in Canadian history, the (parliamentary) minority government of Conservative prime minister Steven Harper is facing a vote of non-confidence in the Canadian House of Commons and possible replacement with a Liberal-NDP coalition, tacitly supported by the Block Quebecois; effectively uniting the 3 opposition parties currently holding seats in the house, & giving them a tentative majority.

Currently, the first opportunity for the new coalition to remove the Conservatives from power is scheduled for December 8, 2008. The Conservatives have already pushed back the date of the vote by a week.

If the government loses this vote, the decision will fall to the Governor-General of Canada, Micaelle Jean whether to grant the opposition parties’ request to form a new government, or to call a new election.

While there is no exact precedent for this situation in Canadian history, the move is considered constitutional and legal. The historical record of most-comparable instances & the fact that a federal election was held less than 2 months previously, on October 14, strongly suggest that the GGC will ask the opposition parties to form a government.


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