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Wikinews Shorts: December 16, 2008

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Wikinews Shorts: December 16, 2008

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A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, December 16, 2008.

Abhisit Vejjajiva becomes Thai prime minister

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The former Democrat Party’s opposition leader of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva, was elected as the prime minister in a special vote in the parliament.

He had won over former police chief Pracha Promnok by 235 votes to 198, according to Chai Chidchob, the lower house’s speaker.

Vejjajiva became the prime minister after the previous PM, Somchai Wongsawat, was obliged to step down after a court hearing in early December this year.

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Time Warner buys 10 million shares of Eidos Interactive

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Eidos Interactive announced that Time Warner Entertainment, a division of Time Warner, has bought an additional 10 million shares, thereby increasing its stake to 19.92%.

Eidos stated that Time Warner Entertainment purchased the shares on December 11, 2008. Time Warner now owns a total of 52.5 million shares of Eidos.

Eidos is a popular video game developer that developed games such as the Tomb Raider and Hitman series.

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Sharp increase in number of Zimbabwean cholera deaths

Sharp increase in number of Zimbabwean cholera deaths

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President Mugabe declared that the cholera outbreak has been contained

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The United Nations has reported that a total of 978 people have been killed by a cholera epidemic in the African nation of Zimbabwe, an increase of 25% from just three days ago. The UN also says that there have been 18,413 reported cases in the country since the epidemic began in August of 2008.

The outbreak of the disease has been quickened by the lack of proper sanitation and the collapse of water systems and healthcare. The area worst affected by cholera is Zimbabwe’s capital of Harare, where 208 people died out of 8,454 suspected cases. The town of Beitbridge, which is located on the border with South Africa, has also been hard hit, with 3,546 cases reported and 91 people dead.

The South African Red Cross has sent medical aid to Zimbabwe, and has asked for funds to treat thirty thousand people. The UN says that as many as sixty thousand people could become affected by the disease if no action is taken.

Last Thursday, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe announced in a televised address that the outbreak had been halted, saying that “I am happy to say our doctors are being assisted by others, and the WHO [World Health Organization] have now arrested cholera.”

Mugabe has also accused Western powers of plotting to use the epidemic as a reason to overthrow him. “Now that there is no cholera, there is no cause for war,” he stated. Other Zimbabwean high-ranking officials have also blamed the United Kingdom for spreading cholera on purpose.

The UN Security Council will have a briefing on the Zimabwean cholera crisis soon.



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New Zealand journalist deported from Fiji

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New Zealand journalist deported from Fiji

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A New Zealand journalist has been deported from Fiji.

ONE News Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver was detained at Nadi airport on Monday night, as she flew into Fiji to cover deteriorating diplomatic relations between Fiji’s military regime and the New Zealand government. She was reportedly taken to a detention centre overnight, and was deported on the first plane this morning.

Fiji’s military regime reportedly maintains a blacklist of journalists deemed critical of the regime. In June 2007, Fairfax New Zealand correspondent Michael Field was deported from Fiji after criticising the regime.

Dreaver has been in contact with her employer, and is not concerned for her wellbeing. “It’s not very pleasant but it’s just the way it goes here and this is Fiji now I guess,” she said.

“I’m not the first journalist to be sent away from Fiji and I guess I won’t be the last.”

TVNZ head of news and current affairs Anthony Flannery believes Dreaver has been deported for her unbiased reporting of events in Fiji.

“She reports it as she sees it, and obviously she’s touched a nerve of some people in high places,” he said.

New Zealand is currently facing the expulsion of its acting high commissioner over travel sanctions imposed on members of the military regime and their families. The expulsion could result in a round of diplomatic tit-for-tat and the expulsion of Fijian diplomats from the country.

Fiji’s military overthrew the country’s elected government in a military coup in December 2006.

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US Supreme Court allows ‘light’ cigarettes lawsuits

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The United States Supreme Court on Monday ruled that “tobacco companies that marketed “light” cigarettes may be sued for fraud. The 5-to-4 judgment will bolster dozens of lawsuits claiming billions of dollars in damages.

The Court held that a class action lawsuit brought under state law prohibiting deceptive advertising generally was not preempted by federal law regulating cigarette advertising. The lawsuit claims that w:tobacco makers who manufacture “light” and “low tar” cigarettes had deceived smokers into thinking the products are safer than regular cigarettes. The Court’s decision, written by Justice Justice Stevens, allows the lawsuit to proceed on the merits upon remand to the trial court below.


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The United States Supreme Court on Monday ruled that “tobacco companies that marketed “light” cigarettes may be sued for fraud. The 5-to-4 judgment will bolster dozens of lawsuits claiming billions of dollars in damages.

The Court held that a class action lawsuit brought under state law prohibiting deceptive advertising generally was not preempted by federal law regulating cigarette advertising. The lawsuit claims that w:tobacco makers who manufacture “light” and “low tar” cigarettes had deceived smokers into thinking the products are safer than regular cigarettes. The Court’s decision, written by Justice Justice Stevens, allows the lawsuit to proceed on the merits upon remand to the trial court below.


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US Supreme Court allows ‘light’ cigarettes lawsuits

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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The United States Supreme Court on Monday ruled that “tobacco companies that marketed “light” cigarettes may be sued for fraud. The 5-to-4 judgment will bolster dozens of lawsuits claiming billions of dollars in damages.

The Court held that a class action lawsuit brought under state law prohibiting deceptive advertising generally was not preempted by federal law regulating cigarette advertising. The lawsuit claims that w:tobacco makers who manufacture “light” and “low tar” cigarettes had deceived smokers into thinking the products are safer than regular cigarettes. The Court’s decision, written by Justice Justice Stevens, allows the lawsuit to proceed on the merits upon remand to the trial court below.


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Learn more about Altria Group v. Good and Supreme Court of the United States on Wikipedia.
This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

US Supreme Court allows ‘light’ cigarettes lawsuits

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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The United States Supreme Court on Monday ruled that “tobacco companies that marketed “light” cigarettes may be sued for fraud. The 5-to-4 judgment will bolster dozens of lawsuits claiming billions of dollars in damages.

The Court held that a class action lawsuit brought under state law prohibiting deceptive advertising generally was not preempted by federal law regulating cigarette advertising. The lawsuit claims that w:tobacco makers who manufacture “light” and “low tar” cigarettes had deceived smokers into thinking the products are safer than regular cigarettes. The Court’s decision, written by Justice Justice Stevens, allows the lawsuit to proceed on the merits upon remand to the trial court below.


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Wikipedia
Learn more about Altria Group v. Good and Supreme Court of the United States on Wikipedia.
This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

US Supreme Court allows ‘light’ cigarettes lawsuits

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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The United States Supreme Court on Monday ruled that “tobacco companies that marketed “light” cigarettes may be sued for fraud. The 5-to-4 judgment will bolster dozens of lawsuits claiming billions of dollars in damages.

The Court held that a class action lawsuit brought under state law prohibiting deceptive advertising generally was not preempted by federal law regulating cigarette advertising. The lawsuit claims that w:tobacco makers who manufacture “light” and “low tar” cigarettes had deceived smokers into thinking the products are safer than regular cigarettes. The Court’s decision, written by Justice Justice Stevens, allows the lawsuit to proceed on the merits upon remand to the trial court below.


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Wikipedia
Learn more about Altria Group v. Good and Supreme Court of the United States on Wikipedia.
This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

US Supreme Court allows ‘light’ cigarettes lawsuits

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Other stories from United States
…More articles here
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The United States Supreme Court on Monday ruled that “tobacco companies that marketed “light” cigarettes may be sued for fraud. The 5-to-4 judgment will bolster dozens of lawsuits claiming billions of dollars in damages.

The Court held that a class action lawsuit brought under state law prohibiting deceptive advertising generally was not preempted by federal law regulating cigarette advertising. The lawsuit claims that w:tobacco makers who manufacture “light” and “low tar” cigarettes had deceived smokers into thinking the products are safer than regular cigarettes. The Court’s decision, written by Justice Justice Stevens, allows the lawsuit to proceed on the merits upon remand to the trial court below.


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Wikipedia
Learn more about Altria Group v. Good and Supreme Court of the United States on Wikipedia.
This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Wayne Huang

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

wayne huang has killed over 100 men in one drive by


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