Pre-packaged hamburgers produced by Fairbank Farms and sold in states in the northeastern United States are being cited as responsible for the deaths of 2 people and illness in dozens. The meat is suspected of being tainted with a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria. The beef has been recalled, New York Times. Check the federal food safety information website, foodsafety.gov, for more information about recalled food.
Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is calling for more time to prepare for his self-defense in his trial for war crimes at a UN tribunal at the Hague, BBC News. He is accused of committing 11 war crimes, including the genocide of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995, during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. After the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Serbs, Croats, and Muslims all fought over land. The war ended in 1995 when the country was split up into three mostly autonomous ethnic regions by the Dayton Accords.
Water rationing will begin in Caracus, the capital city of Venezuela, today. Water is in short supply in Venezuela due to drought and poor infrastructure maintenance, CNN International.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic did not attend the start of his war crimes trial at the Hague today. Karadzic has refused legal counsel. He is accused of committing 11 war crimes, including the genocide of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995, during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. After the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Serbs, Croats, and Muslims all fought over land. The war ended in 1995 when the country was split up into three mostly autonomous ethnic regions by the Dayton Accords, Reuters. Profile: Radovan Karadzic, BBC News. Q & A: legal issues in the Karadzic trial, BBC News.
14 Americans died in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan yesterday, New York Times.
Demonstrations continued in Kabul, Afghanistan for a second day today. Protesters, who allege that US military burned a copy of the Koran, attacked riot police by throwing stones. , AFP.
Knowing that NATO troops are reluctant to fire on them, the Taliban is using children to plant bombs, Montreal Gazette.
Six gunmen disguised as military attacked Pakistan’s military headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi earlier today. 4 of the men were killed and 2 were able to escape. 6 troops were killed in the attack, Voice of America. The 2 escaped men are now said to be holding military personnel hostage in the compound, BBC News.
3 people arrested during the protests that followed Iran’s disputed presidential election last June have been sentenced to death, Al Jazeera.
Turkey and Armenia are expected to sign an agreement today that will reestablish diplomatic ties and reopen the border. The two countries have been in conflict for over a century. A key issue, Armenia’s insistence that the killing of 1.5 million Armenians near the end of the Ottoman Empire was genocide, was not explicitly addressed but the agreement calls for a scientific review of historical events, Associated Press.
In a search for water, NASA crashed two spacecraft on the surface of the Moon, Scientific America.
Five U.S. Congressmen were arrested in D.C. today for civil disobedience at a protest against the genocide in Darfur. Those arrested were Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.). They were all released a few hours after the arrest and will have to pay a $100 fine. Congressman Lewis is a noted civil rights activist who spoke at the March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963 and is credited with helping end segregation, AJC.
The World Heath Organization has raised the pandemic alert level to a level 4, meaning the swine flu “is capable of significant human-to-human transmission.” Reports say 149 people have died from the strain in Mexico (the only country reporting deaths) and there are 81 confirmed cases worldwide, although all the cases in other countries appear to be mild. However, according to an official WHO report, only around 20 deaths in Mexico can be attributed to the virus, CNN.
After a relatively quiet month in Madagascar, soldiers have stormed the country’s constitutional court and arrested the head of security in the capital city of Antananarivo. Reports say the event was an attempt to scare those who ousted former President Marc Ravalomanana from power last month, BBC News.
FBI reports say Professor George Zinkhan, who murdered three people in Athens, GA on Saturday, bought a plane ticket to Amsterdam for May 2nd, but before he commited the crime. Zinkhan has a house in the city and police are working with authorites in the European country. Classes resumed as normal on the UGA campus, although security has been heightened, despite UGA’s police chief saying he believes Zinkhan is not still in the city, CNN.
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