News briefs:August 24, 2006
The time is 17:00 (UTC) on August 24th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.
Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said India may withdraw the 775 troops it has stationed in Lebanon as part of the 1,990-strong United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
Eight people, including one child, were killed in an early morning raid by US and Afghan forces in Asmar, a village in the Kunar province of Afghanistan bordering Pakistan. American forces claim that the seven adults were linked with al-Qaeda while Afghan police deny this saying that the victims were local families and elders who had gathered to resolve a dispute.
The Dutch Justice Minister has said that terrorism does not appear to be involved after a US flight had to make an emergency landing in Amsterdam yesterday.
Ukraine celebrates its independence day today, 15 years after it broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991.
The Office of National Statistics has this morning revealed figures which show the United Kingdom’s population has exceeded sixty million for the first time. In June 2005, the number of people living in the country was 60.2 million, an increase of 0.6% since June 2004.
In a speech in South London this morning, Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has urged local communities to “root out” fanaticism.
South Auckland Tyndale Park Christian School have been asking parents of the pupils for permission to administer corporal punishment.
Today, astronomers have endorsed a proposal about the definition of the word planet. As a consequence, our solar system now counts 8 classical planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) and 4 plutons or Pluto-like entities: Pluto itself, Ceres, 2003 UB313 and Charon.
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