Wikinews Shorts: December 20, 2008
A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, December 20, 2008.
US government gives automakers $17.4 billion in bail-out loans 
The money will be taken from the $700 billion bailout package originally intended to rescue US banks. General Motors will get $9.4 billion and Chrysler $4 billion before next year. Ford stated that it wants to get by without government aid.
Presidentsaid that it would not be "a responsible course of action" to allow the companies to collapse.
- "Bush unveils $17.4bn car bail-out" — , December 19, 2008
- "U.S. Throws Lifeline to Detroit" — , December 20, 2008
Broken cable disrupts internet access 
The cables FLAG FEA, SMW4 and SMW3 near Egypt, were damaged, and the GO cable 130 kilometres off the coast of Sicily has also been reported as broken. France Telecom will repair the damage, and the company announced that it was dispatching a ship to repair the line between Egypt and Italy.,
Experts warn that it could be several days before the problems are fixed.
- "Severed cable disrupts web access" — , December 19, 2008
- "New undersea cable cuts lead to Internet outages" — , December 20, 2008
Yann Elies, a French yachtsman participating in the Vendee Globe round-the-world solo yacht race, was rescued on Saturday by the Australian navy after the former was paralysed by a wave that struck his boat in the Southern Ocean.
Elies broke his left thighbone and perhaps several ribs after the wave slammed into his boat 200 kilometres southwest of Perth.
The Australian frigate dispatched theto rescue Elies. The ship left Fremantle early on Friday morning and reached Elies by evening.
- "Injured yachtsman rescued by navy" — , December 20, 2008
- "Navy reaches stricken solo sailor Yann Elies" — , December 20, 2008