Cities in over 125 countries are officially taking part in the environment-friendly Earth Hour, which encourages everyone to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday at 8:30 pm local time. Iconic landmarks and sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Las Vegas Strip, and the Egyptian pyramids, among others, have agreed to turn off their lights for the initiative. One exception lies in the city of Bangkok, where officials have decided not to partake due to fear of violence from anti-government protesters, AFP.
Officials say they have found the decapitated head and body of Heriberto Cerda, the police chief of Agualeguas, Mexico. His brother, Jesus Cerda, was found dead in a truck nearby, but police have not reported his cause of death. The town’s deputy police chief and Cerda’s bodyguard were also murdered by gunmen hours before the discovery of the bodies belonging to the Cerda brothers. The crimes are believed to be related to drug and gang violence, which has killed 18,000 people in the country since 2006, AP.
The bloc of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has been declared the winner of the Iraqi parliamentary elections that took place two weeks ago, but it remains to be seen if Allawi will become the next prime minister. He has vowed to help bring peace to the Arab and Muslim world by accepting his former political rivals into the new government and promoting governmental secularism, AP.
The sinking of a South Korean naval ship may have been due to a mine explosion, new reports suggest. Of the 104 sailors onboard the ship, 58 have been rescued thus far, and officials say there is little reason to suspect North Korea was involved, Xinhau.
Lights were off from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm as Earth Hour was observed at Canada’s Parliament.
Canadians gathered around Canada’s Centennial Flame holding candles and lanterns in celebration of the event.
Tens of thousands of protesters marched in London today in protest of the upcoming G20 summit. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged protesters to give the governments a chance to work on fixing the economic situation, BBC News.
Electronic spies have infiltrated the offices of several governments and private offices, according to Canadian researchers. They have concluded that the spies are almost exclusively in China, but cannot confirm or deny whether the Chinese government is involved. The Dalai Lama, who has been denounced by China, has had his office infiltrated, NY Times.
Israeli soldiers have confirmed in testimony the Palestinian and NGO claims that Palestinians were needlessly killed during the conflict at the beginning of the year. The Israeli government has denied in the past that civilians were targeted and claimed the death toll was exaggerated, NPR.
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Breaking News: At least 48 are reported dead and 70 wounded in a suicide attack at a mosque in Jamrud, Pakistan. The attack occurred inside the mosque during Friday prayers. The mosque is completely destroyed. Jamrud is on a NATO supply route through Pakistan to Afghanistan, The Guardian.
At least 50 dead and 22 missing in Indonesian dam break outside the city of Jakarta. The cause of the dam break is currently unknown, The Jakarta Post.
Call for more volunteers as sandbagging continues in Fargo, North Dakota to hold off the rising Red River, Valley News Live.
Bodies of 2 snowmobilers who died in an avalanche on Tuesday are recovered by search teams in McBride, British Columbia, CBC News.
Brazilian President Da Silva, in a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the capital city of Brasilia, says the financial crisis was caused by “white people, blue-eyed people,” UK Times Online.
Turn out your lights for Earth Hour tomorrow at 8:30 pm local time wherever you are, official site.
On Saturday at 8:30pm local time, Earth Hour and the World Wildlife Foundation are asking you to switch off your lights for one hour in a fight against global warming. As the WWF puts it: lights on are a vote for global warming, and switching them off is a vote for the Earth. Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia where 2.2 million homes and businesses shut off their lights. The next year, 50 million lights were switched off, including such landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
This year, Earth Hour is hoping to get one billion participants. The data will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this year.
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