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Ukrainian journalist Gongadze\’s skull may have been found

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Ukrainian journalist Gongadze’s skull may have been found

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Investigators in Ukraine believe that they have found the skull of journalist Georgiy Gongadze who was kidnapped and found decapitated in 2000. Skull fragments were found near Kiev.

The discovery comes after Olexiy Pukach, who was apprehended last week, told officials his involvement with the case was “direct.” At the time, Security Service of Ukraine officials said that Pukach offered to show them the location of Gongadze’s head.

Prosecutors filed charges against Pukach on Friday. They believe that Gongadze was killed because of his articles, which incriminated then-President Leonid Kuchma in corruption.



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Seven million dollar Iraq bank heist leaves eight dead

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Seven million dollar Iraq bank heist leaves eight dead

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Eight security guards were tied up, gagged, and killed when armed robbers held up the Rafidain bank in Karradah district of Baghdad, Baghdad bureau de change, and made off with 8.5ع.د billion (US$7 million).

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The robbery occured about 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Five of the guards were off duty and may have been on break or asleep, and only three were actively on duty at the time of the break in.

Initial investigations in the capital city of Iraq reveal that pillows may have been used to muffle the gunshot noise rather than silencers.

“I have never seen such a brutal crime. Now robberies have become like foreign movies – they steal and kill and disappear,” said a bank employee.

It is not certain at this time if the robbers were funding terrorist causes from the proceeds of the bank robbery.

Iraqi army, police and bank officials are investigating the robbery

“While I cannot confirm that the attacks were terrorist related, it does fit past trends of terrorist groups in Iraq of financing their operations through crimes — like kidnappings for ransom, robberies and black marketeering,” reported U.S. Army spokesman Maj. David Shoupe.



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Haitian migrants drown and many more still missing

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Haitian migrants drown and many more still missing

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A Haitian shipwreck occurring Sunday night or Monday afternoon took the lives of at least 15 poverty stricken migrants seeking America when waves tore the handmade wooden sailboat to shreds on the coral reefs off the Turks and Caicos Islands. Of the 200 on the overloaded vessel, about 70 are still missing and 122 have been rescued.

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“The boat ran aground on a reef, Molasses Reef, off West Caicos. We have a total of 15 dead bodies now. They are illegal immigrants,” said Calvin Chase, Turks and Caicos police Sergeant.

Haitian survivors reported that after they had been sailing about three days they had spotted police boats in the area and turned towards the dangerous reefs.

The U.S. Coast Guard were alerted Monday to the situation and offered aircraft and ships to supplement Turks and Caicos search and rescue personnel.

The injured are being treated in Caribbean hospitals. The rescue operation was hampered by 23 mph winds and sea waves cresting up to 6 feet (1.8 m) high.

The survivors will be repatriated back to Haiti.

Last week over 100 Haitian migrants were rescued from an overloaded ship near the same area and repatriated to Haiti, and in May a capsized boat killed as many as nine illegal immigrants.

“Unfortunately many people lose their lives trying to reach the United States illegally, anywhere of 100 or more per year. They don’t have enough life-saving gear or signaling gear to ensure that they are able to survive if they do have any problems at sea,” said Lt Cdr Matthew Moorlag of the US Coast Guard.

Haitian families will spend their savings to pay brokers up to $500 for a spot on these overcrowded boats. The illegal immigrants often traveling with little food and water hope for employment in the United States, the Bahamas or in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In May of 2007 a similar tragedy occurred when an overcrowded people smuggling ship capsized carrying 160 aboard. Survivors reported fellow passengers being eaten by sharks.


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Colombia\’s relations with Venezuela deteriorate over Swedish rockets

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Colombia’s relations with Venezuela deteriorate over Swedish rockets

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The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, announced on Tuesday that “We will freeze relations with Colombia.” He attributed the decision to “new aggression by the government of Colombia.” Further, he said, “I’ve ordered to withdraw our ambassador from Bogota, to withdraw our diplomatic personnel.”

This diplomatic move follows claims by Colombia that amongst weapons its military has captured from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are AT4 anti-tank rockets manufactured by Saab Bofors Dynamics of Sweden. Colombia further alleges that the weapons were first sold to Venezuela before being given to the FARC.

AT4 being fired by U.S. Marine during a training mission.

“This is not the first time that this happens,” Colombian Vice-President Francisco Santos said. “In several operations in which we have recovered weapons from the FARC, we have found powerful munitions and powerful equipment, including anti-tank weapons, from a European country that sold them to Venezuela and that turned up in the hands of the FARC.”

“It is correct that they have found these weapons to be Swedish-made,” said Jens Eriksson, adviser at the Swedish foreign ministry. “We are working together with Colombian authorities to investigate the matter further and we have contacted Venezuelan authorities to clear up how these arms ended up in Colombia.”

Venezuela denies the allegations. “To me it seems that this is a new attack against our government based on lies,” Venezuelan interior minister Tarek El Aissami said on Monday. “We absolutely deny that our government or our institutions are providing assistance to criminal and terrorist organizations. It’s laughable, it sounds like a cheap film made by the American government.”

Foreign minister Nicolás Maduro said that the whole thing is a campaign “to justify the presence of US bases” in Colombia.



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The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, announced on Tuesday that “We will freeze relations with Colombia.” He attributed the decision to “new aggression by the government of Colombia.” Further, he said, “I’ve ordered to withdraw our ambassador from Bogota, to withdraw our diplomatic personnel.”

This diplomatic move follows claims by Colombia that amongst weapons its military has captured from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are AT4 anti-tank rockets manufactured by Saab Bofors Dynamics of Sweden. Colombia further alleges that the weapons were first sold to Venezuela before being given to the FARC.

AT4 being fired by U.S. Marines during a training mission.

“This is not the first time that this happens,” Colombian Vice-President Francisco Santos said. “In several operations in which we have recovered weapons from the FARC, we have found powerful munitions and powerful equipment, including anti-tank weapons, from a European country that sold them to Venezuela and that turned up in the hands of the FARC.”

“It is correct that they have found these weapons to be Swedish-made,” said Jens Eriksson, adviser at the Swedish foreign ministry. “We are working together with Colombian authorities to investigate the matter further and we have contacted Venezuelan authorities to clear up how these arms ended up in Colombia.”

Venezuela denies the allegations. “To me it seems that this is a new attack against our government based on lies,” Venezuelan interior minister Tarek El Aissami said on Monday. “We absolutely deny that our government or our institutions are providing assistance to criminal and terrorist organizations. It’s laughable, it sounds like a cheap film made by the American government.”

Foreign minister Nicolás Maduro said that the whole thing is a campaign “to justify the presence of US bases” in Colombia.


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Ukrainian journalist Gongadze’s skull may have been found

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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Investigators in Ukraine believe that they have found the skull of journalist Georgiy Gongadze who was kidnapped and found decapitated in 2000. Skull fragments were found near Kiev.

The discovery comes after Olexiy Pukach, who was apprehended last week, told officials his involvement with the case was “direct.” At the time, Security Service of Ukraine officials said that Pukach offered to show them the location of Gongadze’s head.

Prosecutors filed charges agains Pukach on Friday. They believe that Gongadze was killed because of his articles, which incriminated then-President Leonid Kuchma in corruption.


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