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October 31, 2009

Ukraine closes schools after reports of swine flu deaths

Ukraine closes schools after reports of swine flu deaths

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Ukraine reported its first deaths from the H1N1 swine flu virus on Friday, prompting the government to close schools, ban public gatherings throughout the country, and take other actions in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.

Four people were confirmed dead from the disease as of Friday, and another seven people have been confirmed as infected with it, the ProUA news agency quoted National Security and Defense Council Secretary Raisa Bohatyryova as saying. This contradicts other reports, which said only one person died.

30 more people in the western part of the country have died from an outbreak of pneumonia and flu since the middle of this month, but it has not been confirmed to be the swine flu.

Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko ordered the closure of schools and cinemas for three weeks. A ban on public gatherings was implemented as well, in some of the toughest measures taken in Europe to stop the virus’ spread. “Special regimes” will also be introduced, to limit residents from moving from one part of the country to the other for non-urgent purposes.

“All educational institutions without exception […] will be put on a three-week holiday period,” Tymoshenko said. “Apart from this, we will cancel all mass meetings […] for three weeks. We will introduce a special system to stop unnecessary travel from one region to another.”

“We can say today that Ukraine has entered into the zone of the swine flu epidemic,” said Ukrainian Health Minister Vassyl Kniazevich.



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Man jailed for manslaughter of wife in Hampshire, England

Man jailed for manslaughter of wife in Hampshire, England

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A man has been given a prison sentence of nine years for the manslaughter of his wife in Hampshire, England. 40-year-old Sally Sinclair was head of business analysis for mobile phone provider Vodafone and had been killed in August 2008 in her home in the village of Amport, after admitting to her husband that she had had an affair. When her body was found in the kitchen of the house, it was discovered that she had suffered a partially severed head and at least 40 stab wounds. Winchester Crown Court had heard during the trial that the attack was partly witnessed by children.

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—Judge Guy Boney QC

Alisdair Sinclair, who is 48 years old and caused the attack, was cleared of charges of murder, but was sentenced to nine years in prison for charges of manslaughter. Judge Guy Boney QC has been quoted as saying: “Your wife did everything she could to support and help you and indulge your eccentricities, including spending £100,000 (US$164,470) on three cars of the same model you hardly ever used.

“She wanted to make the marriage work and save it from collapse. These efforts cost her her life. Sally Sinclair appears to have coped with, and tolerated, your behaviour over a long period. When she could not take any more of your behaviour you exploded in a frenzy of brutality in reaction to certain information you forced out of her.”

Speaking about the case, Detective Sergeant Sarah Simpson from Hampshire Constabulary said outside of the courtroom: “A successful career woman had her life tragically and prematurely cut short and her family now have to lead their lives without her. Nothing can ever compensate for that.”



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Iraqi officials arrest over 60 in connection with recent bombings

Iraqi officials arrest over 60 in connection with recent bombings

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The Iraqi military has said that it arrested more than 60 security force members in connection with the recent series of bombings in Baghdad that killed about 155 people.

A military spokesman said on Thursday the arrests included eleven military officers. He did not say whether the army suspected the detained officers of involvement in the blasts or of negligence in protecting the Iraqi capital.

Sunday’s car bombings targeted Iraq’s justice ministry and a provincial government building. An al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility for the attacks. Hundreds of people were hurt and several government buildings were badly damaged after the attacks, which were the deadliest to strike the country since 2007.



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Indian Air Force chopper crashes in Jammu and Kashmir

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Indian Air Force chopper crashes in Jammu and Kashmir

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Baglihar Dam on Chenab river.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) MI-17 helicopter crashed into the Chenab river in the Doda district on Friday, after it got caught into a cable fire of a bridge. The occupants of the chopper are not yet known.

The chopper was returning from the Nawapachi of Kishtawar district after supplying ammunition, food and arms for the troops there. The IAF regularly carries such duties to the area.

The chopper was hovering low over the water body when it got caught in a cable fire and crashed into the Baglihar hydro-electric power project at Tringel. The chopper went deep into the water, and the exact number of people on board is not known, although police officers said that at least one of them died.

There were two helicopters, as said by a police officer, and the second one was still hovering over the area when the first one crashed. Rescue teams were soon dispatched, and Pakistani troops are also on the way to assist with rescue efforts.



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Former French president Jacques Chirac to stand trial on embezzlement charges

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Former French president Jacques Chirac to stand trial on embezzlement charges

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A French magistrate has ordered former President Jacques Chirac to stand trial on embezzlement charges dating back to the 1990s, when he was mayor of Paris. The order is unprecedented, and follows several other trials targeting former high-level politicians.

Jaques Chirac

Chirac did not respond directly to news he has been ordered to stand trial, but a statement from his office said he was serene and determined to clear himself.

The former president is charged with embezzlement and breach of trust relating to allegations that 35 people were given fake jobs at Paris city hall between 1994 and 1995, when he was mayor. A veteran politician, 76-year-old Chirac served as both Paris mayor and prime minister of France, before becoming president in 1995. He left office in 2007.

Although he has been dogged by several scandals, he has so far avoided prosecution.

Reactions to the news were swift, with some opposition politicians praising the justice system for having done its work. But a number of Chirac supporters sharply criticized the move, including one former advisor, Jean-Francois Probst.

In an interview on French radio, Probst suggested the judge’s order was part of a larger attack on the conservative circle surrounding Chirac. Two of Chirac’s former prime ministers, Alain Juppe and Dominique de Villepin, have both stood trial on separate charges, while ex-interior minister Charles Pasqua was sentenced to prison in a third trial that ended this week.

International relations professor Steven Ekovich, of the American University of Paris, however, expressed doubts as to whether Chirac will ever face trial. “It’s a little surprising, but I doubt it’s going to go very far, mostly because of his age,” he said. “Maybe mostly because of his age. And I can’t imagine that President [Nicolas] Sarkozy will let it go very far. I think this is just part of the justice system following procedures.”

While Chirac left the presidency with low approval ratings, his popularity has since soared. In a poll earlier this year, he was rated France’s most popular politician.



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England rail users highlight Teesside Airport \’ghost station\’

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England rail users highlight Teesside Airport ‘ghost station’

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Twenty six people took an organised outing by rail this weekend to a little used station in North East England, in an effort to highlight its poor rail service. The trip was organised by Alex Nelson, the stationmaster of the nearby independent Chester-le-Street railway station. He wanted to raise the profile of the little used Teesside Airport railway station, which serves Durham Tees Valley Airport (known as Teesside Airport until 2006).

The station, which is on the Tees Valley Line and served by Northern Rail, is one of the least used stations in the country, and is in the bottom five of national rankings of passenger visits. Figures for 2007–8 year showed that only 52 people used the station in that period, which only has one timetabled train calling in each direction, on Saturdays only. In the current timetable, a train calls at the airport station from the Darlington direction at 10.28am, while later a second train calls in the opposite direction, leaving at 1.41pm.

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By organising a group of people to travel on this service at the weekend, Mr Nelson hoped to raise the officially recorded passenger numbers for the station, and to highlight the poor rail service to the region’s airport. He also hoped to persuade rail authorities to move the station, which is little more than a halt, 500 metres closer to the airport terminal. The present station is, according to Mr Nelson, “a good 15-minute walk from the airport terminal” building.

A Class 142 ‘Pacer’ train calls at Teesside Airport railway station in 2006

Nelson said:

“They haven’t closed the station because it is incredibly difficult to do so – you have to go through all manner of consultations and government acts, instead they run the minimal service which is no use to anybody. We say that if a station is going to be there it may as well be of some use to the public”

Mr Nelson was originally hoping for 50 people to take the trip, organised as an outing from Chester-le-Street station to the airport station and back, changing en-route at Darlington railway station.



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Denmark holds nationwide light show to mark digital switchover

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Denmark holds nationwide light show to mark digital switchover

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National broadcaster Danmarks Radio’s (DR) headquarters, DR Byen, in Copenhagen. DR1, all of its government-owned sister channels, and all commercial stations switched off their analog signals at midnight.

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Denmark switched off its analog TV signal on Saturday evening, to be replaced by digital. To mark the event, a massive light show was held in which lights from seven locations were synchronised to appear identical from any location in Denmark.

The event, the largest Europe has ever seen, started at 6:00 p.m. local time and continued until 11:55, just before the midnight switchover. It was being run via projectors, each weighing in at 200kg, which have been installed on top of seven TV towers — in Jutland, Funen, Zealand, and Bornholm. The tallest of these, Rø-senderen, stands 431 meters above sea level at Denmark’s easternmost point, the island of Bornholm.

The show was organised and paid for by Boxer TV, which operates digital pay TV channels amongst the forty available on the digital signals. Boxer’s director Steen Ulf Jensen said in a press release, “The great light show will illustrate the amazing digital transformation that will happen to the television masts in the night. When the Danes wake up tomorrow, the masts will broadcast entirely digitally.”

Each beam could be seen 20km away and was projected 3km into the air. The project was designed by Jesper Kongshaug and is controlled by computer, utilising technology more regularly seen in Las Vegas and Hollywood.



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Bomb blast kills seven in northwest Pakistan

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Officials in Pakistan have said that a bomb blast killed seven Pakistani soldiers and wounded eleven others on Saturday in the northwestern part of the country. The incident took place in the Khyber region, which is the main route for moving supplies to international forces fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The explosion struck a vehicle that was transporting paramilitary troops on a patrol near the region’s main town of Landikotal, according to a spokesman for the Frontier Corps. “The vehicle was completely destroyed and seven of our soldiers were killed,” the spokesman said.

Pakistani armed forces started an operation against militants in the Khyber region in September, saying that the rebels had started to expand their activities. The mountainous area along the Afghanistan border is said to be haven for both al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents.

The violence comes a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended her visit to the country.



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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah may boycott runoff election

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah may boycott runoff election

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Sources close to Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said that he may pull out of next week’s runoff election against President Hamid Karzai, due to concerns about the credibility of the poll.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah
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President Hamid Karzai
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Abdullah had given Karzai until Saturday to remove the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief, Azizullah Lodin.

It was one of several conditions that Abdullah had voiced this week to avoid a repeat of the massive fraud that marred the August 20 presidential election. As of Saturday, Karzai had not agreed to his opponent’s requests.

Abdullah is expected to hold a press conference on Sunday about the planned vote, scheduled for November 7. News reports cited sources close to the former foreign minister as saying that Abdullah may pull out of the runoff.

A spokesman for the Afghan election commission, Noor Mohammad Noor, however, said that legally, Abdullah cannot officially withdraw a week away from the vote. “Now is too late, according to IEC procedure of the election law, the withdraw time is already done, so they must continue,” he said to the Voice of America news agency.

Speaking from Kabul, the director of Afghanistan’s Center for Research and Policy Studies, Haroun Mir, said a boycott would have a major impact on the public’s perception of the country’s government. “If Dr. Abdullah boycotts and we have a very low voter turnout, then President Karzai will be declared winner, but he will not be considered a legitimate president,” said Mir.

Mir said that he believes Karzai would have a hard time asserting his authority in Afghanistan’s northern areas, which are the base for Abdullah’s support.

Afghan election officials say they plan to increase the number of voting stations for the runoff, despite concerns that it could lead to more fraud than in the first vote.

The Taliban also promised to intensify its attacks leading up to the November 7 election. Several days ago, insurgents launched an attack on a Kabul guest house that killed five United Nations staff members.



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October 30, 2009

Vigil for hate victims takes place in London

Vigil for hate victims takes place in London

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A silent vigil for the Victims of hate crime is taking place in Trafalgar Square, London this evening.

The vigil follows recent homophobic attacks including those on Ian Baynham and James Parkes. London Mayor Boris Johnson, in speaking of tonight’s vigil said, “Londoners have become increasingly concerned about the number of homophobic attacks and the recent death of Ian Baynham was particularly appalling. My thoughts are with his friends, family and everyone affected by hate crime.”

The vigil also comes following the publication of crime statistics showing that the level of homophobic attacks in the UK had risen. Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson acknowledged the concerns of many citizens regarding the increase in homophobic attacks. “My sincere condolences to Ian Baynham’s family and friends. This was a dreadful crime and we are, and will continue to do everything we can to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”

Mark Healy, one of the organisers of the vigil, was quoted by BBC News as saying “If we forget about these victims we could become complacent and fail to learn from the past.” adding that

“Whenever someone is attacked, pain and suffering is not just caused to them, but also to their family and the wider community. We hope the vigil will also inspire young people to tackle issues of equality in the community.”

The vigil is being organised by Facebook group 17-24-30, who take their name from the London nail bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho in 1999. Confirmed attendees include London Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes and comedienne Sandi Toksvig. A letter from Stuart Milk, nephew of the late Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected in California, will be read out. The Gay Men’s Chorus will also be performing.



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