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Update: Death Toll from L’Aquila Earthquake 295

On April 5, 2009, Citizen’s Daily Brief provided live reports of the tragic earthquake in central Italy. Thousands were injured and many buildings in the ancient city of L’Aquila were destroyed. Pope Benedict XVI recently went to the devastated area to comfort the victims, Reuters. The death toll from the earthquake is 295. In mid-April a 19 year-old names Tonino Colonna died in hospital from injuries sustained during the quake, Times Online.

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Update: Hampton University Shooter Charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding

On April 26, 2009, Citizen’s Daily Brief reported on a shooting at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. More is now known about the accused shooter, if not for his motives. The shooter is 18-year-old Odane Maye. Maye was previously a student at Hampton University, but he withdrew. Maye is accused of entering a dormitory at the college and firing at a security guard and a person delivering pizza. Both were injured but are expected to recover. Maye then turned the gun on himself and has received medical treatment in jail, WAVY TV.

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Update: UGA Shooter George Zinkhan on America’s Most Wanted

On April 25, 2009, Citizen’s Daily Brief brought you live coverage of the tragic shooting at Athens Community Theatre in Athens, Georgia. It was quickly revealed that the shooter was University of Georgia marketing professor George Zinkhan who opened fire on his wife and two others during a fundraising event for the local theater troupe, the Town and Gown Players.

Zinkhan has not been seen since he dropped his two children off at a neighbor’s immediately after the shooting. Zinkhan is featured on the website for the television show “America’s Most Wanted.” Zinkhan had a plane ticket to Amsterdam where he has a second home, but he has not used his passport or credit cards since the shooting and officials believe him to be still in the US. He will be featured on America’s Most Wanted May 16th broadcast.

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Update: North Korea Continues Nuclear Program

On April 5, 2009, Citizen’s Daily Brief reported that North Korea had launched a rocket using long range ballistic missile technology. North Korea still insists that the rocket was actually a satellite that is now orbiting in space, but the country also used world criticism of the launch as an excuse to withdraw from negotiations. The UN Security Council voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea following the launch. North Korea is now threatening to test a second nuclear weapon. North Korea tested a nuclear weapon in June 2006 and it is believed that North Korea is capable of carrying out the threat, United Press International.

Relations with North Korea appeared to be improving in the 1990s when U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met with North Korean President Kim Jong-il. However, the Bush administration broke off relations with North Korea and famously referred to the country as part of the “Axis of Evil,” which also included Iraq and Iran.

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Update: Roxana Saberi on Hunger Strike in Protest of Iran Spying Conviction

Roxana Saberi, the Iranian/American journalist convicted of “spying,” remains in prison in Iran. Details of her trial or evidence of her alleged crime have not been released. Saberi is appealing the verdict. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, in an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 30, said that she is very concerned about Saberi who has gone on a hunger strike in protest of the conviction, Fox News.

More information on how you can help at the website Free Roxana Saberi.

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Update: Driver in Bus Crash Had Previous Accident

On April 29, 2009, Citizen’s Daily Brief reported that a bus carrying French tourists had crashed on a highway overpass in Soledad, south of San Francisco, California. Five people on the bus died and 19 are still hospitalized. The driver of the bus, 69-year-old John Egnew of Corona, also died. Three years ago Egnew struck an elderly woman in a crosswalk in Las Vegas, Nevada, Associated Press.

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Update: Indian Elections Continue

On April 16, 2009, Citizen’s Daily Brief reported that voting in Indian elections had begun. Since India is such a large country, the elections are being conducted over a five week period. India has just moved into the three phase of the election, with residents of Mumbai, the site of last year’s terrorist attacks, among those voting this week, Telegraph. The voting has been mostly peaceful although Maoist communist rebels did carry out a series of attacks in May. Over 3 million security personnel are on hand to monitor the voting and prevent violence. Voting ends May 13 and results are expected on May 16.

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Update: Driver Charged in Dutch Royal Family Attempted Attack

Dutch police has officially charged the man who drove a car into a parade route, killing four and narrowly missing a bus carrying the Dutch royal family in a parade celebrating Queen Beatrix’s birthday in the town of Apeldoorn. The driver was severely injured and is in hospital. Officials have not released the driver’s name but have said he is a 38 year-old white male who has no history of mental illness and is a Dutch national. The attack was deliberate, but not an act of terrorism, Associated Press. There has been speculation that the man was estranged from his children but I have seen no official or even trustworthy unofficial reports to back that up. RTL reports that the man had lost his job.  See Citizen’s Daily Brief’s earlier updates for more information about the attack.

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