An American tourist’s death at a Thai resort is raising lots of questions. Jill St. Onge, 27, from Seattle was on vacation on Phi Phi island with her fiancee when she began vomiting in her room and eventually passed away less than a day after becoming sick. A 22-year-old Norwegian tourist died last month at the same resort, CNN.
Jacob Zuma has been officially sworn in as South Africa’s new president. President Zuma, who is immensely popular in the country, has vowed reconciliation in the African state and to improve his people’s lives, BBC News.
A UN peacekeeper was shot and killed in southern Darfur during a carjacking. The officer was killed while parking his car in front of his home. The man’s name and nationality have not yet been released, Sky News.
Roxana Saberi, the American journalist jailed in Iran for spying, has had her court date moved up in the Middle Eastern country. An appeals court will hear her case after she was sentenced to eight years of prison. The appeal was supposed to be heard Tuesday, but will now be heard this Sunday, giving her lawyers less time to review the case. Officials said that the original date of the case was a mistake, CNN.
Breaking: The death toll from the swine flu virus has risen to 68 in Mexico. Mexico City has shut down schools, libraries, museums, and other public buildings to attempt to thwart the spread of the virus. The CDC has confirmed that the strain is the same that sickened 8 people in California and Texas. According to the CDC, drugs Tamiflu and Relenza seem to work against the virus effectively and Roche, the makers of Tamiflu, are prepared to distribute it widely if needed, MSNBC.
Sources tell BNO News that testing is being done on 75 New York City school children who have fallen in with flu-like symptoms. We’ll update as details become available, BNO. The testing is being done at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens. The results could take several days, WCBSTV.
BBC News has crafted a helpful swine flu Q&A here.
In other news, we reported yesterday that the Taliban had taken over a key area of Pakistan, the town of Buner. Today, the Taliban have announced they are withdrawing from the area thanks to a negotiated peace deal, BBC News.
The African National Congress party have won a majority of the votes in South Africa’s elections. When Parliament meets next month, the ANC will name Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s new president. Zuma has made contrvoersial remarks on teen pregnancy and gay marriage, but he remains a popular fgure in the country, Sky News.