Category:June 13, 2006

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The time is 22:00 (UTC) on June 13th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.


Thousands of Floridians evacuate from Tropical Storm Alberto

United States

Twenty thousand residents in the Gulf Coast of central Florida were ordered to evacuate Monday as Tropical Storm Alberto approaches the coast. Alberto, the first Atlantic tropical storm of this summer, packs 70 mph (110 km/h) winds, and threathens to intensify into a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall.

Tropical Storm Alberto strikes Florida

The Tropical Storm is currently over Florida. At present the West Florida Coast has flood warnings. The Weather Channel is providing clear live footage of the Tropical Storm as it progresses over Florida.

Left parties in India protest fuel price hike


The Left parties, joined by regional forces like Samajwadi Party and Telugu Desam Party, today staged street protests to demand the roll back of the fuel price hike as the Communists said the UPA Government could not take their support for granted.

Feminist gathering in Tehran dispersed by police


A feminist gathering in 7-tir square of Tehran, Iran was broken up by the police. The protesters who demanded "the revocation of the discrinminatory laws against women in Iran" were intending to have a non-violent gathering but were beaten up and arrested by the police forces.

Icelandic PM Ásgrímsson resigns


The Icelandic Prime Minister, Halldór Ásgrímsson, announced his resignation on June 5 after the governing Progress Party suffered losses in recent local elections.

Bank staff in India threaten strike


Members of the All India Bank Employees Association have threatened to go on nation-wide strikes to express their unhappiness with the move to privatise banks, allowing foreign direct investment in the banking sector and outsourcing of services.

ACT Civil Unions Act invalidated by Governor General


Australian Governor-General, Major-General Michael Jeffery has formally created an instrument declaring the Australian Capital Territory's Civil Unions Act, 2006 invalid. The instrument comes into effect from midnight tonight (AEST).

Rhode Island representative Patrick Kennedy pleads guilty to DUI

United States

Representative of Rhode Island, Patrick Kennedy has pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of prescription drugs after he was involved in an early morning car accident in May close to the United States capitol.

Vaccine developed to fight alzheimer's disease "promising"


A team headed by Yoh Matsumoto at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience in Japan have developed a DNA vaccine, with no side effects, to fight alzheimer's disease and call the drug "promising." The vaccine; however, has only been tested on mice.

Entertainment Software Association says new Oklahoma law unconstitutional, plans to sue

United States

The Entertainment Software Association president Douglas Lowenstein confirmed speculations that his group is planning to file a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma because of a new law, HB3004. Under this law, games that have "inappropriate violence" are added to a list of materials that are considered harmful to minors.

Computer-controlled prosthetic ankle patent awarded to Oklahoma City company

United States

Martin Bionics, a company based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was awarded the patent to a computer-controlled ankle.

100 people were detained in Russia after police mistook rugby match as brawl


Over 100 people were detained by authorities in southern Russia when police mistook a game of rugby as a brawl.

Korea Republic win 2-1 against Togo in Group G

sports – football or soccer

Togo made the Korean Republic sweat but two spectacular goals gave Dick Advocat's men the win in Group G, Tuesday.

France draw with Switzerland in Group G

France and Switzerland drew 0-0 in their first match of the World Cup in Group G, Tuesday.

Dallas beats Miami again in NBA Finals, leads series 2-0

sports – basketball

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 99-85 in the second game of the NBA Finals and lead the series 2-0.

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