Wikinews Shorts: December 14, 2008
A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, December 14, 2008.
The Indian navy has announced that it has captured 23 Somali and Yemeni pirates in the Gulf of Aden who were attacking an Ethiopian ship named the MV Gibe. The Indian INS Mysore, which was escorting merchant ships near the coast of Somalia, hurried to the MV Gibe after it sent out a distress call, saying that they were being fired upon by two boats.
The pirates, when apprehended, attempted to flee, but were caught by the Indian ship. Arms and equipment were seized from the pirates.
- Jeremiah Marquez. "Indian navy captures 23 pirates in Gulf of Aden" — , December 13, 2008
- "Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates'" — , December 13, 2008
Gunman in Mumbai attacks confesses
Ajmal Kasab, the gunman who was captured in last month's Mumbai attacks that killed hundreds of people, has told the police that he originally planned to take hostages and make demands from the media, according to his confession statement.
The seven-page confession states that Kasab and another person, who attacked Mumbai's main train station, were planning to have a standoff atop a roof, but the plan backfired when no access to a roof was found.
They did manage to kill tens of people inside the train station itself, however, it is still not known whether or not they had hostages.
- "Confession sheds light on Mumbai attacks" — , December 13, 2008
- "Mumbai gunman's chilling confession sheds light" — , December 13, 2008
Fire burns Alaska Governor Palin's church
A group of women and children were in the church when the fire broke out, but no one was injured.
"We have no idea what caused it," said the Rev. Larry Kroon of the nondenominational Wasilla Bible Church.
- Celeste Katz. "Suspicious fire burns Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin church in Wasilla" — , December 13, 2008
- Monte Plott. "Fire hits Palin's church in Alaska" — , December 13, 2008
Rallies held across Australia to protest against Internet filtering
Protest rallies were held in Australian capital cities on Saturday to protest against the Rudd government's proposed internet filtering scheme. Under the scheme, a so-called "clean feed" would be provided to all Australians with content on a list kept by the Australian Communications and Media Authority blocked. A secondary filter, which may be opted out of will block material deemed inappropriate to children.
- Andrew Ramadge. "Digital Liberty Coalition protests against web filter held across Australia" — , December 13, 2008
- Angus Kidman. "IN PICTURES: hundreds protest govt net censorship" — , December 13, 2008
Cabinet member breaks ranks over Heathrow expansion
UK Environment Secretary Hilary Benn prompted speculation regarding a possible cabinet split over plans to expand London’s Heathrow airport with comments made in an interview given to the Sunday Times.
Mr Benn warned concerns regarding noise and air-pollution could stall plans to build a third runway and expressed doubts regarding suggestions that a technological solution could be found to the problems.
Heathrow is currently in breach of EU rules governing air pollution, although the UK currently has an opt-out from the rules, this runs out in 2015.
Other senior cabinet members, including Commons Leader Harriet Harman and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Milliband, are also believed to have serious reservations about the expansion of Heathrow.
- Jonathan Oliver and Jon Ungoed-Thomas. "Cabinet split over proposed Heathrow third runway" — , Sunday 14th December 2008
- inthenews.co.uk. "Hilary Benn ‘doubtful’ on Heathrow expansion" — , Sunday 14th December 2008