Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant radiation leak

Friday, March 25, 2011 @ 2:45 pm by admin

The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 brought a devastating effect to the country. A lot of people in Japan have lost their lives, their loved ones, their houses, and other properties already. And yet, they are not still safe because of the possible explosion of the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Radiation already leaked from the nuclear power plant despite the efforts to contain it.

Some food and water near the area got contaminated already because of the radiation. Today, CNN reports, “Japan reactor core may be leaking radioactive material, official says” and BBC reports, “Japan investigation into nuclear plant radiation leak”.

Read the full story with video, Japan reactor core may be leaking radioactive material, official says, at the CNN site.
Read the full story, Japan investigation into nuclear plant radiation leak, at the BBC site.

Protest in Egypt against President Hosni Mubarak

Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 10:25 pm by admin

The protesters in Egypt have been marching on the street demanding Mubarak to step down as president of Egypt. President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has been in power for 30 years already. The protesters have been calling for democratization and a government that they feel represents them.

As anti-government demonstrations continue, Egypt’s armed forces said that it will not use force nor violence against the demonstrators.

Read the full story with video, Unrest in Egypt: Questions and answers, at the CNN site.
Read the full story with video, Egypt’s armed forces: ‘No violence’ against the people, at the CNN site.
Read the full story with video, Egypt protesters step up pressure, at the BBC site.

North Korea and South Korea Conflict

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 @ 11:50 pm by admin

After North Korea attacked South Korea’s artillery, South Korea threatens to retaliate. Two South Korean marines died.

According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the incident was said to be “the first direct artillery attack on South Korean territory since the Korean War ended in an armistice” in 1953.

The attack was triggered by the South Korea’s military drills which according to Pyongyang a “reckless military provocation”.

Read the full story with video, After North Korean strike, South Korean leader threatens ‘retaliation’, at the CNN site.
Read the full story with video, S Korea warns North after clash, at the BBC site.

Miners trapped in Chile since August 5

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 2:28 pm by admin

Thirty-three miners in Chile were found alive surviving inside a shelter some 2,300 feet underground. They got trapped inside the copper and gold mine in San Jose since August 5, 2010. According to the news report, it is estimated that it would take three to four months to reach or rescue the miners.

Read the full story with video, Chile turns to space, sea experts for advice in mine disaster, at the CNN site.
Read the full story, Chile president tells trapped miners rescue will come, at the BBC site.
Read the full story, Miners’ spirits high as drill construction begins, at the Independent.ie site.

Updated on August 26, 2010.
Read the full story with video, Chile’s trapped miners told rescue could take months, at the BBC site.

Update: I updated the page on October 5, 2012.

Hong Kong put up black signal warning to avoid traveling to the Philippines

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 2:33 pm by admin

Hong Kong leaders expressed their “disappointment” to the way the Philippine authorities handled the hostage-taking in Manila. A lot of people were furious and angry at the action of the Philippine police. Hong Kong has put up a warning to avoid all travel to Philippines. So far, all the other tours to the Philippines have been cancelled.

CNN Video Link

Read the full story with video, Hong Kong angry, sad at handling of Manila siege, at the CNN site.
Read the full story, Philippine envoys to tackle Hong Kong bus deaths anger, at the BBC site.

Hostage-taking in Manila, Philippines

Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 2:30 pm by admin

25 people, including 22 Hong Kong tourists, were taken hostage inside a tourist bus near the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. The hostage-taker was a bemedalled former police officer Rolando Mendoza. Earlier, Rolando Mendoza has released 9 people. He also claimed that he was unjustly accused and would like to have his job back.

The hostage-taking is ongoing, please tune in at CNN or BBC television channel.

CNN Video Link

Read the full story, Hostages at Rizal Park, at the Manila Bulletin site.
Read the full story, 9th hostage freed, 17 others left onboard bus, at the Inquirer site.
Read the full story with video, Philippines hostage-taker threatens ‘drastic action’, at the CNN site.
Read the full story with video, Police surround hijacked bus in Philippine capital, at the BBC site.

Updated at 2:58pm :
The hostage-taking has ended and some hostages are alive.

Israeli soldier with handcuffed Palestinian prisoners photo condemned

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 @ 10:35 am by admin

An Israeli woman soldier’s behavior posing with handcuffed Palestinian soldiers was condemned by army officials of Israel. The woman already left the military as she only served the military for a year. It is not clear if the military will be able to take action against her.

Read the full story, Anger over Israel soldier’s prisoner Facebook images, at the BBC site.
Read the full story, Israeli military blasts ex-soldier’s photos with Palestinian prisoners, at the CNN site.

German Singer Nadja Benaissa was accused of inflicting harm

Monday, August 16, 2010 @ 4:38 pm by admin

HIV-positive Nadja Benaissa was one of the singers of the all-female pop band No Angels in Germany. She was accused of causing grievous bodily harm and attempted bodily harm for not telling her sexual partners that she was HIV-positive. She knew about her condition since 1999. She joined the pop band No Angels when it was formed in 2000.

Read the full story, German singer pleads guilty in HIV assault case, at the Deutsche Welle site.
Read the full story, Girl band singer accused of infecting partner with HIV, at the CNN site.
Read the full story with video, German singer Nadja Benaissa apologises at HIV trial, at the BBC site.
Read the full story with video, HIV-infected German singer convicted, at the CNN site.
Read the full story, No Angels Singer Nadja Benaissa Found Guilty in HIV Trial, at the CBS News site.

Updated on August 17, 2010, added a video.

Updated on August 26, 2010, added a video. HIV-infected German singer convicted.

Myanmar sets election 20 years after

Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 12:45 pm by admin

Myanmar, also knowns as Burma, which has been under military rule since 1962 sets election in November 07, 2010, 20 years after the last election in 1990. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest since 1989 won in that 1990 election but the military-junta refused to recognize the results. The ongoing detention of Aung San Suu Kyi was extended up to November 2010 and she was barred from participating in the upcoming national elections.

Read the full story with video, Myanmar junta sets election date of Nov. 7, at the CNN site.
Read the full story, Timeline: Key events in recent Myanmar history, at the CNN site.

Floods in Pakistan affected 15 million people

Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:35 pm by admin

According to CNN.com today’s news, “Although the death toll is lower, the 15 million people affected are more than those affected in the 2005 Pakistan earthquakes, the 2004 Indonesia tsunami and the January earthquake in Haiti combined.”

Read the full story with videos, Pakistani president finally visits flood-affected areas, at the CNN site.
Read the full story with video, Pakistani president visits flood relief camp in Sindh, at the BBC site.