Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday morning quick hits

U.S. Soldiers gunned down by local Iraqi politician Two U.S. Soldiers were killed as they left a meeting that had taken place at the Salman Pak Nahia Council building, gunned down by an Iraqi city council member. Three other soldiers and an interpreter were wounded. The gunman was killed when the Soldiers returned fire. "The attacker came out of his car with an AK-47 rifle in his hand and started firing on the American soldiers until he was killed by the return fire," said a witness.

U.N. Security Council urges Mugabe to halt violence With the opposition beaten into retreat and the war veterans and other assorted thugs who back the ruling Zanu PF party heading up a reign of terror, the United Nations Security Council issued a sweeping condemnation of the Mugabe regime, and denouncing the upcoming elections, proclaiming that it would be "impossible for a free and fair election to take place" and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for the elections scheduled for the 27th to be postponed. Zimbabwe's ambassador to the U.N. was derisive in his dismissal. "The Security Council cannot micromanage elections in any particular country. As far as we are concerned, the date has been set." He went on to blame British meddling for the unrest in the country, while insisting the opposition was exagerating the violence. "These are MDC tricks that should be seen for what they are," he said in a speech, referring to the Movement for Democratic Change. "The British government's hidden hand in all these political developments is evident and clearly visible."

Bosnian Serb police chief to enter plea at the ICC
Stojan Zupljanin, the Bosnian Serb police official who was arrested last week on war crimes charges and extradited to The Hague has made his initial appearance before the court and exercised his right to postpone entering a plea for up to 30 days, but indicated he would defend himself against the charges.

United lays off 950 pilots
- or about 14% of the pilot workforce. Shares of the company are down 84% this year, and profits are being gobbled up by skyrocketing fuel costs. "As we reduce the size of our fleet and take actions companywide to enable United to compete in an environment of record fuel prices, we must take the difficult, but necessary step to reduce the number of people we have to run our business; today, we notified our pilots about expected furloughs," UAL spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said.

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