News briefs:August 28, 2006
The time is 18:00 (UTC) on August 28th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.
The Turkish resort of Marmaris was hit by at least 3 bombs and one bomb went off in Istanbul's Bagcilar district on Sunday injuring at least 27 people. The blasts come two days after four people were injured in a separate bombing in Adana.
Widespread protests and incidents of violence were reported across parts of Pakistan after the Baloch Alliance declared a general strike following the killing of its leader. Shops and establishments in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province remained closed as angry mobs vandalised government vehicles and offices in retaliation to the separatist leader's slaying.
A "peacekeeping gap" is likely to plunge Sudan back into major conflict in the Darfur region, according to Amnesty International.
A Comair Canadair Regional Jet operating as Delta Connection Flight 5191 crashed after takeoff from Lexington, Kentucky at 6:07 a.m. Eastern Time, killing 49 of 50 people aboard.
The Pentagon is considering replacing the nuclear warheads on some ballistic missiles with conventional munitions so that they can be used for "pre-emptive" strikes against terrorists, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters after a meeting with Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov.
The execution of Elijah Page has been scheduled for 10:00 pm, Tuesday, August 29, 2006, by lethal injection. Page, and two others, tortured and killed 19-year-old Chester Poage on March 13, 2000. This will be the first time since 1947 that a person has been put to death in South Dakota.
The British Ministry of Defence named the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan yesterday.
Speaker Margaret Wilson has informed New Zealand television station, TV3, owned by Canwest, that they have been banned from recording New Zealand Parliament for three days. The ban comes after they showed footage of the New Zealand First Member of Parliament (MP) Ron Mark repeatedly pulling his middle finger at National MP Tau Henare on August 1.
The upcoming Sony PlayStation 3 game console is going to assist scientists in finding cures for cancer and Alzheimer's disease using the Folding@home distributed computing program.
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