News briefs:June 30, 2006
The time is 20:00 (UTC) on June 30th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.
In response to the abduction of Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit by Palestinian militants, The Israeli Defence Forces carried out 5 to 8 airstrikes targeting the office of The Palestinian interior ministry's headquarters occupied by the governing party Hamas in Gaza and an office of President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party in Gaza, Palestinian and Israeli sources say.
Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian Prime Minister, said Friday that; "This total war is proof of a premeditated plan. When they kidnapped the ministers they meant to hijack the government's position, but we say no positions will be hijacked, no governments will fall."
The Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Freitas do Amaral has resigned from his position.
The French parliament has today finally adopted a law known as DADVSI implementing the 2001 European directive on copyright, roughly an equivalent to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The final text criminalizes sending copyrighted data over peer-to-peer networks, and enacts tough penalties for those designing programs "evidently designed" to send copyrighted data or meant for circumventing DRM protection techniques.
New South Wales Police, in connection with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, Tow Truck Authority and Centrelink (the agency responsible for providing income support) conducted random checks on tow trucks on Thursday.
Amsterdam will get an amusement park dedicated to chocolate and inspired by Roald Dahl's children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, city officials and entrepreneurs said Thursday.
An Australian has been shot in the abdomen in Thailand. The 22 year old man from Wagga Wagga, Lee Burkinshaw, was shot in the Chantaburi province during a drive by shooting. He was evacuated to Bangkok hospital after receiving some treatment at a local hospital. An operation is needed to remove the bullet from his abdomen. He is expected to make a full recovery.
sports – football or soccer
Germany beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties to book a place in the Fifa World Cup semi-finals in Berlin, Friday.
sports – cycling
T-Mobile suspended the Tour de France contestants Jan Ullrich and Oscar Sevilla, and they will not participate in the Tour de France. Ullrich's mentor, Rudy Pevenage, is also suspended.
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