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North Korea announces nuclear weapon testing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Belliveau & Anna Dolianitis, Massachusetts Daily Collegian (U. Massachusetts)   
(U-WIRE) AMHERST, Mass. - North Korea sent shock waves across the world Monday after announcing that it had set off an atomic explosion underground.

North Korea's declaration of nuclear power thrusts the secretive communist state into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations and, in turn, strikes fear into many American citizens, including the students at the University of Massachusetts.

The United States, Japan, China and Britain unanimously voiced their intense criticism of North Korea's actions, with President Bush saying the reported test poses a threat to global peace and security and "deserves an immediate response" from the United Nations Security Council, which met to discuss the crisis.

Bush said he had called the leaders of South Korea, China, Russia and Japan, and all had reaffirmed a commitment to a non-nuclear Korean peninsula.

North Korea, Venezuela Move to Advance Military Strength PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Dirkse   

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld reacted last Tuesday to threatening steps by thwarted enemies North Korea and Venezuela to advance their armaments cache. 

North Korea vowed to test a nuclear bomb in the near future, citing Iran’s struggle for nuclear enrichment and the threat of impeding sanctions.  Six allied countries met Monday, in London to discuss an economic and political award package for a halt to the country’s uranium enrichment proceedings.  If Iran doesn’t accept the package, sanctions may be imposed on the country. 

The talks of the nuclear test came nearly three months after North Korea fired a handful of missiles on July 4th.  North Korea says that it is adamant in denuclearization of its Korean peninsula, but will remain vigilant in advancing nuclear armaments as a defense against a possible U.S attack.

Crocodile Hunter's Steve Irwin dies at 44 PDF Print E-mail
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Steve IrvinSteve Irwin, the environmentalist and star of The Crocodile Hunter, died on Monday after an accident with a stingray near Cairns, Queensland in Australia, according to local Australian media. He was 44.

Irwin was filming an underwater documentary for his daughter's television show, by Port Douglas, Queensland around 11 a.m. Eastern Australian Time when he was struck by a stingray barb in the chest. While the stingray barb had penetrated the left side of his chest, the exact cause of death is still offically unknown. Steve Edmondson, a local diving operator, listed cardiac arrest from the injury as a possibility.


Last Updated ( Monday, 11 September 2006 )
Deadline to release Muslim prisoners passes, Gaza-held journalists released PDF Print E-mail
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A midnight deadline to release Muslim prisoners has passed and two Fox News journalists have been released.

The two journalists, American Steve Centanni, 60, a reporter for Fox News and New Zealander Olaf Wiig, 36, Centanni's cameraman were kidnapped from their press vehicle on August 14. Ten days later, the two journalists appeared in a video allegedly made by the kidnappers. In it, the journalists said that they were being treated well.

According to Mr Centanni, the pair were ordered to convert to Islam at gunpoint. He told Fox News: "I have the highest respect for Islam... but it was something we felt we had to do because they had the guns and we didn't know what the hell was going on."

In a press conference earlier today, the two told of their joy at being released. They also urged journalists not to be deterred from reporting in Gaza. "I hope that this never scares a single journalist away from coming to Gaza to cover the story because the Palestinian people are very beautiful and kind-hearted," Mr Centanni said. "The world needs to know more about them. Don't be discouraged," he added.

UN sponsored ceasefire in Israel-Lebanon begins PDF Print E-mail
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At 5:00 a.m. GMT, a UN sponsored ceasefire between the IDF and Hezbollah took effect. Outside of isolated small arms fire, both sides seem to be abiding by it. Although fighting took place until just minutes before the ceasefire, no air strikes or rocket attacks have been reported since.

Israel has said that it will maintain ground forces in southern Lebanon until they are relieved by the peace-keeping force. Israel also said it will maintain the blockade so that Hezbollah cannot rearm. Hezbollah on the other hand insisted on its right to fight Israeli soldiers on Lebanese soil.


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