by Anonymous on Monday Feb 09 2009
More than 171 people have been killed in fires raging through Australia, making this the deadliest bushfire in Australian history. Nearly 815,447 acres (330,000 hectares) have been burned and 750 homes have been burned to the ground. In 1983, 75 people were killed on what is dubbed the Ash Wednesday fire. 71 people were killed in similar fires in 1939.
by Anonymous on Monday Feb 02 2009
The heaviest snow to fall for 18 years has caused transport problems in some parts of the United Kingdom. Almost a foot (30cm) of snow has fallen in the southeast of England, halting train and bus services and making driving treacherous. Flights to and from London's Heathrow and City airports and the outer London Gatwick and Stansted airports are suffering delays and cancellations.
by Anonymous on Tuesday Jan 27 2009
The coalition government in Iceland has collapsed following the international banking crisis. Prime Minister Geir Haarde of the conservative Independence Party had begun talks with coalition partner party Social Democratic Alliance in the run-up to an early general election planned for May. It was reported yesterday that these talks had failed and the coalition was dissolved.
by Anonymous on Thursday Jan 22 2009
Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has demanded a full investigation into the attacks on UN schools in the Gaza Strip after personally visiting the destroyed complexes in the Strip. "I am just appalled and not able to describe how I am feeling having seen this ... it's an outrageous and totally unacceptable attack against the UN.
by Anonymous on Monday Jan 19 2009
New reports indicate that the proliferation of the Conficker computer virus (also known as Kido or Downadup) has nearly quadrupled in the last four days. The virus has gone from just over 2 million Microsoft Windows computers infected to 8.9 million, according to estimates by anti-virus company F-Secure.
by Anonymous on Friday Jan 16 2009
A spokesman says that the Gaza headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been hit by shells containing white phosphorus. Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, expressed "strong protest and outrage" to the Israeli Government over the attack.
by Anonymous on Wednesday Jan 14 2009
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has charged Israel with using white phosphorous bombs in urban areas. These incendiary weapons are suspected in the case of 10 victims with serious burns. The rights group is calling on Israel not to use these devices in crowded areas of Gaza.
by Anonymous on Thursday Jan 08 2009
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged the United Nations Security Council to call for Israel to immediately cease aggression in the Gaza Strip. He also called for the lifting of the "suffocating siege" of Gaza.
by Anonymous on Monday Jan 05 2009
Amidst ongoing Israeli bombings of Gaza, with the death toll of the bombardments up to 537 with another 2,500 people wounded, UN food agencies again warned that the people of Gaza are facing a heavy humanitarian crisis. "The current situation in Gaza is appalling, and many basic food items are no longer available on the market," Said Christine van Nieuwenhuyse, the World Food Program's (WFP) repr
by Anonymous on Tuesday Dec 30 2008
Israel has launched at least 30 simultaneous missiles strikes on Hamas installations in Gaza City, causing heavy damage. F-16 fighters targeted security compounds in the City's centre. The "massive" air strikes on Saturday have claimed at least at least 170 lives, including Gaza police chief Maj. Gen. Tawfiq Jaber.