News briefs:July 5, 2006

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The time is 22:00 (UTC) on July 5th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.


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North Korea test-fires missiles[edit]

North Korea

North Korea has test fired seven ballistic missiles including the long-range Taepodong-2 on Tuesday. The tests were criticised by officials from several countries, particularly Japan, South Korea and the United States. The UN Security Council held a closed meeting today to discuss the developments.


Mexican conservative wins presidential election[edit]

Mexico

Both leading Mexican presidential candidates, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Felipe Calderón have proclaimed victory in the Mexican Presidential race despite notice from Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute that the numbers are currently too close to determine the winner.

British soldier killed in Afghanistan[edit]

Afghanistan

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a British soldier has died while on patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.


Italian intelligence chief arrested over CIA kidnap[edit]

Italy

Marco Mancini, a director of a division of the Italian SISMI military intelligence agency has been arrested in Milan over his role in the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian terrorist suspect by agents of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in what is believed to be an instance of Extraordinary Rendition.


Five convicted in abortion case in Portugal[edit]

Portugal

A doctor, his assistant and three women who were found to have undergone abortion were convicted of violating abortion laws in Portugal.


Enron founder Ken Lay dies in Aspen, Colorado[edit]

United States

Kenneth L. Lay, the Enron ex-chief executive and ex-chair, died early Wednesday morning at his vacation home at the age of 64 after a massive coronary attack, according to a family spokesperson.


Scientist makes world's smallest soccer pitch[edit]

Germany

A German scientist has made the world’s smallest soccer pitch with nanotechnology.


Microsoft to drop parts of WGA program amid controversy[edit]

United States

Microsoft has announced its plans to drop the part of its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool that sends data back to Microsoft saying if it is genuine or not.


Australian Big Brother cleared of breaching content laws[edit]

Australia

Australia's media watchdog - the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has cleared Australian Big Brother of breaching content laws following a sexual misconduct scandal, which was broadcast via the Internet.


Poland wins in Wagner's Volleyball memorial[edit]

sports - volleyball

Poland has won in 4th annual Hubert Jerzy Wagner's Volleyball Memorial, after defeating Cuba 3:1 in the final match.


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