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Communist rebels apologize for Philippine bomb attack

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The New People’s Army (NPA) has apologized for a bombing incident earlier this month according to its spokesman. Over 30 people were injured by the attack in Davao, Philippines. Most of them were watching a circus and included women and children.

Government troops believe that the intended target was an army outpost nearby. The bomb was unable to penetrate the protective netting around the camp causing it instead to bounce towards the civilians. The NPA spokesman admitted that this was a mistake and disciplinary actions against those involved will be taken. The local police where the bombing took place says that they will seek legal action against the bombers.

The NPA is the armed faction of the Communist Party of the Philippines which has been fighting the Philippine government since 1969. Although peace negotiations are currently taking place, fighting continues. Civilians are often the victims of the violence.



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Abandoned home near Tyler, Texas destroyed by fire

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An unoccupied house near Tyler, Texas (US) was destroyed by fire late Sunday afternoon. The blaze erupted shortly after 5:00pm CDT (local time). A witness told Wikinews the blaze started as someone, “[…]was burning some trash”, near the house; the fire then spread rapidly, ultimately engulfing the single-wide mobile home in flames.

All reports indicate the house was abandoned and was not occupied when the fire erupted. At least 7 fire trucks and one ambulance were on-scene during the incident. According to local media and on-the-scene reporting, as many as 5 surrounding towns’ fire departments responded to the blaze.



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Hellen Saohaga\’s London performance second best for Solomon Islands at Olympics, Paralympics

Hellen Saohaga’s London performance second best for Solomon Islands at Olympics, Paralympics

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Hellen Saohaga at the Paralympic Village on Friday
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The Solomon Islands during the Opening Ceremony, with Saohaga as flag-bearer
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London, England — When Solomon Islander Hellen Saohaga finished fifteenth in Saturday’s women’s shot put – F57/58, she set a personal best and became the second-highest finishing Solomon Islander ever in Olympic and Paralympic competition; only Olympic powerlifter Wendy Hale has bettered her performance, coming twelfth in competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Saohaga qualified for this year’s Paralympics on the basis of being a wildcard invite; a representative of the Solomon Islands Paralympic Committee believes, with better coaching and additional training, she has the potential to qualify for the Rio Paralympics on performance grounds.

Saohaga’s best throw in competition was a distance of 5.23 metres. This set a personal-best career throw for the athlete, and sees her finishing with a season’s best score of 228. Her efforts saw her finish ahead of several competitors including: Nephtalie Jean Louis of Haiti, Rhodah Mutale of Zambia, Madinat Abdullayeva, of Azerbaijan and Nadia Medjedj of Algeria.

Excerpt from an interview with Saohaga prior to competition
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In training at the practice athletics field in London, Saohaga spent time on-field at the same time as Oscar Pistorius, and got her picture taken with the “Blade Runner”.



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ABC News yanks 20/20 investigation of Tom Cruise and Scientology

ABC News yanks 20/20 investigation of Tom Cruise and Scientology

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An investigation into Scientology and Tom Cruise which was set to air this past Friday on the American television program 20/20 was removed from broadcast by ABC News. This is not the first time that ABC News has pulled an investigation into Scientology from airing on 20/20.

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A press release published by ABC on Thursday announced the scheduled airing of the investigation. It described the program as “an in-depth look” by Elizabeth Vargas into the recent report on Tom Cruise and Scientology by journalist Maureen Orth for Vanity Fair in its October 2012 publication.

An analysis of the situation by Editor-in-Chief Tony Ortega of The Village Voice pointed out that in 2008, actor and former Scientologist Jason Beghe was interviewed by Elizabeth Vargas after he had flown to New York. Beghe recounted to Vargas his experiences within Scientology and his decision to cease activity in the organization.

However, this interview by Vargas was never shown on ABC.

Cquote1.svg ABC caved again, and this time much more publicly. Cquote2.svg

Editor-in-Chief Tony Ortega, The Village Voice

Ortega noted, “Then, Friday night, ABC caved again, and this time much more publicly.” He highlighted a television screenshot which displays clearly the description given by ABC for the 20/20 program scheduled for Friday: “20/20. New. ‘Lovestyles of the Rich and Famous; The Camera Never Lies’ Journalist Maureen Orth discusses her recent article in Vanity Fair on Scientology and actor Tom Cruise; celebrity”.

According to Ortega, this was to be a significant investigation into Scientology. It was going to cover topics including the recent divorce of actress Katie Holmes from Tom Cruise, the role of minors within the Scientology organization, material on Scientology’s chief David Miscavige, and controversy regarding the elite Scientology group known as the Sea Org. Ortega was himself interviewed as part of the investigation, which he was told would comprise an hour-long broadcast.

Cquote1.svg We just got word that both ABC 20/20 & Nightline have pulled the TV shows that were going to air tonight. Cquote2.svg

—Marc Headley

In addition to Ortega, former Scientologists Marc Headley and his wife Claire were interviewed by ABC News for the 20/20 piece which they were informed would be complemented by a news segment on Nightline. Claire told the camera of her two mandatory abortions she experienced while a member of the Sea Org in Scientology; Ortega reported that this interview moved the ABC television crew to tears.

Marc Headley confirmed that he had learned of the ABC News decision. In a post Friday to a legal fund webpage he set up to support his family with litigation costs from Scientology, he commented: “We just got word that both ABC 20/20 & Nightline have pulled the TV shows that were going to air tonight. It appears that someone at OSA is trying to sandbag the downstats over the next few weeks.” OSA is an abbreviation for the Office of Special Affairs — a department within Scientology which has been compared to an intelligence agency that handles legal affairs and public relations. Downstat refers to a negative impact on statistics gathered by Scientology members of the Sea Org due to critical investigations of the organization by the media.



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Athletics concludes at London Paralympics with the marathon

Athletics concludes at London Paralympics with the marathon

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Christie Dawes of Australia finishes fifth in the women’s T54 marathon while setting an Oceania record
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Monday, September 10, 2012

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London, England — Yesterday, on the final day of competition, athletics concluded at the London Paralympics with the running and wheeling of the marathon for the men’s T12, T46 and T54, and the women’s T54. Spain and Great Britain both had a gold and a silver medal, Brazil and the United States had a gold each, Switzerland had a silver and a bronze medal, Colombia had a silver medal, and Tunisia, Australia and Belarus each had a bronze medal.

Alberto Suarez Laso of Spain set a world and European record in the T12 marathon with a time of 2:24:50. In the same event, Tunisian Abderrahim Zhiou set an African record with a time of 2:26:56 and Colomobian Elkin Alonso Serna Moreno set an Americas record with a time of 2:26:39. Despite failing to get a medal, Japanese Masahiro Okamura set an Asian record with a time of 2:28:51. In the women’s T54 event, Australian Christie Dawes set an Oceania record with a time of 1:49:37.

Great Britain’s gold medal was earned by David Weir, and was Weir’s fourth gold medal earned in the London. This put Weir at the top of the individual gold medal count for London alongside Raymond Martin of the United States. Tatyana McFadden of the United States had a chance at four gold medals in London, but was unable to seriously compete after a pair of tire punctures mid-race that seriously slowed her down. McFadden conveyed her experiences in the race to the media, saying, “At 18 or 19 miles it went again, this always seems to happen to me in London. Luckily, I had a spare but I was bombed out. I just wanted to sit and cry but I also wanted to finish, there was only about six miles to go and I was determined I wasn’t going to get another flat tyre]. […] Finishing is the most important thing for me, it makes you a better person. I just wanted to compete and stay strong.”

Swiss racer Edith Wolf quit the women’s marathon mid-race after running into a hole on the course that left her without feeling in her left arm and neck, and required her to be hospitalized. Following the race, Wolf’s husband and coach told the media, “She was really looking forward to the marathon. She was really prepared, so I think she’s really disappointed. I think tomorrow she will wake up and see her four medals and she will be very happy.” When questioned about the media, some of whom disappeared at the conclusion of the men’s race, and specifically the media from Wolf’s home country, he said, “There are not so many media here, which is disappointing. But now they have recognised this is really a great Games. This is the second biggest sports event in the world and they are not here, so it’s their loss, they missed a big chance.”

Colombia’s German Naranjo Jaramillo served as Elkin Alonso Serena Morena’s guide for the length of the marathon. Because of this, Jaramillo also earned a silver medal. Gold medalist Laso of Spain and bronze medalist Zhiou of Tunisia utilized multiple guides, and the guides were not eligible for medals. Other runners in the men’s T12 marathon who had the same guide the whole race included ninth place Ildar Pomykalov of Russia who was guided by Aleksei Lashmanov, and Henry Wanyoike of Kenya who did not finish but was guided by Joseph Gachuhi.



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Pakistani footballer Abdul Ghafoor dies aged 71

Pakistani footballer Abdul Ghafoor dies aged 71

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Ghafoor died in the Pakistani captial of Karachi
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Former Pakistani international footballer Abdul Ghafoor has died in Karachi at the age of 71. Ghafoor, known as the “Pakistani Pele” died afer a long illness. He was the captain of the Pakistani national football team during the 1960s and 70s.

Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, the President of the Pakistani Football Federation (PFF) released a statement after Ghafoor’s death. He said “I was deeply saddened by the death of Pakistani Pele. This must be very difficult for all football lovers and players. Abdul Ghafoor was a kind person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him”.

The PFF has come under some criticism from the Pakistani media about it’s lack of support for Ghafoor in his five years of illness.

Ghafoor played his entire career in Pakistan playing for the Dhaka Mohammedan Club. He rejected offers to join clubs in such countries as Russia, China and Saudi Arabia to remain in his home country.

During his international career he is credited with being part of the best Pakistani national team ever. During this time Pakistan recorded victories over such nations as China and the United Arab Emirates. They were also successful in winning the 1974 Asian Games.

Today Pakistan have very little success in international football. They are ranked 177th in the FIFA World Rankings.



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