A Sunday school teacher has been arrested for the death of an eight-year-old California girl. The woman, Melissa Huckaby, has a daughter who played with the girl, Sandra Cantu, and owned the suitcase Cantu was found in, which Hucakby had reported missing, Sky News.
The British Medical Journal says China has 32 million more boys under the age of 20 than girls because of the strict one-child per family policy. The desire to have a son instead of a daughter has caused many couples to abort female fetuses and there have been many occurrences over the years of parents abandoning daughters. The study finds that the trend is rising, and the problem will likely worsen in future generations, NY Times.
The Maersk Alabama, the American ship hijacked by pirates days ago, has reached a Kenyan port, but without their captain. Captain Richard Phillips is still being held for ransom by Somali pirates, MSNBC. Pirates have also hijacked another ship, a tugboat named that is carrying 16 crew members, 10 of which are Italian, BBC News.
Amid calls from protesters, the Central Election Commission in Moldova has certified that the Communist party did win the latest parliamentary election. Three members did concede that the results were flawed, however, and that some people who appeared to have voted were in fact dead during the election or had moved out of the country, United Press International.
An activist in Moldova has been charged with inciting a “Twitter Revolution,” which has helped aid protests in the country over the last few days. Natalia Morar helped organize a flash mob to protest the elections on April 5th in which the Communist party won 50% of the vote, but many feel the results were manipulated, Wired. Protesters are using the tag #pman on Twitter to help organize protests. Take a look inside the Twitter Revolution, Wired.
The President of Fiji, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has announced in a radio address that he has fired all judges, thrown out the Constitution, and assumed all power. This comes after the court decided the 2006 military coup that put Iloilo in power was illegal, Associated Press.
Although the UN has failed to agree on sanctions against North Korea for last week’s missile launch, Japan has announced their own against the communist country. They are extending economic sanctions against North Korea for another year and will impose other unspecified (at this time) measures, Associated Press.
The U.K. police officer who was caught on tape pushing Ian Tomlinson, the man who died at last week’s G20 protests, to the ground before he died has been suspended. The offcer apparently turned himself in, Sky News.
The Guardian UK has obtained footage of Ian Tomlinson being pushed to the ground by police, the man who collapsed and died on the first day of the G20 protests. In the footage, Tomlinson is walking home from work when police come upon him and knock him over. A protester is seen helping Tomlinson up, Guardian.
Fidel Castro has met with 3 U.S. lawmakers, his first meeting with American politicians since he became ill almost three years ago. The 3 are members of the Congressional Black Caucus and will give a report of the meeting to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. There have been reports over the years that Castro is gravely ill, but Congresswoman Laura Richardson claimed he looked healthy and energetic, NY Times.
Protesters in Moldova have rioted against Parliament and stormed numerous building in the capital city of Chisinau. The protests result from accusations that the country’s recent elections were rigged and distrust of the government in one of the poorest European nations, LA Times.
Updates on today’s breaking news stories:
As reported earlier, central Italy has again been rocked by a 5.6 magnitude aftershock. There were reports of fresh buildings collapses and the death toll has risen to 235, Corriere Della Sera.
President Obama, in a suprise visit to Baghdad, was eagerly welcomed by American troops to who he spoke to, saying that it was time for Iraq to stand on its own feet, MSNBC.