News briefs: April 21, 2012
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Today on Wikinews: We briefly recap some of the stories appearing on Wikinews this week and from around the world.
Today is Saturday, April 21, 2012. I am Chad Tew and this is Wikinews.
China backed up the United Nations Security Council this week in warning North Korea. North Korea failed to launch a multistage rocket on April thirteenth. The United Nations quickly criticized North Korea, and the United States stopped food aid. China followed this week by stopping its program to return North Koreans found in China, delivering a warning through its party paper, and making public statements to encourage North Korea to remain engaged in talks.
Meanwhile, the six nation talks with Iran continue, in which diplomats are reporting progress. Iran claims its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Israel, however, is threatening a pre-emptive strike against Iran. The United States has left open a future military response.
Pakistan's Supreme Court heard a complaint about the investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and it criticized the official process. The complaint was brought by a former protocol minister from the Bhutto administration. The high court approved the complaint that includes several high-level suspects, including former President Pervez Musharraf. Bhutto was assassinated in two thousand seven.
The Pakistani Taliban freed three hundred and eighty four prisoners in an attack last Sunday. The prison held about nine hundred prisoners. Reports on the number of attackers ranged anywhere from one hundred and fifty to five hundred. The object of the attack was apparently to free Pakistani Taliban militants who were being held at the facility.
Investigations into the prostitution sex scandal involving the security for President Obama's trip to Colombia continue. At least 20 women were brought to the Hotel Caribe by the security detail in advance of the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena. President Obama promised that the investigations would be in his words "thorough" and "rigorous." Currently, investigations by the Secret Service and the US military focus on twelve agents and eleven soldiers. So far six of those secret service agents have lost their jobs.
- Associated Press. "More Secret Service resignations in scandal; Obama gets Oval Office update from director" — , April 21, 2011
- "Grassley asks Secret Service to see if White House aides were connected to prostitution scandal" — , April 21, 2011
Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton Wanderers football club player, left the hospital this week. Wikinews reported earlier that Muamba collapsed during a game against the Tottenham Hotspur's March seventeenth. At that time, it was reported that he stopped breathing, but it was later clarified that Muamba's heart had stopped and he had — according to the club's doctor — effectively died. After the month-long hospitalization, Muamba will continue to recuperate, but his future in football is — as of this time — unclear.
Texas State Technical College, in Marshall, Texas, confirmed that a student was found dead Tuesday. Campus police and local law enforcement are both currently conducting an investigation but foul play is not suspected.
Dick Clark dies at 82 (3:55)
Entertainer Dick Clark, who is also known as "America's Oldest Teenager", is dead at eighty two. Clark was best known for his long-running television show "American Bandstand" that introduced teenagers to popular musical acts and featured dancing. Clark was later inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. He was also known as the host of "New Year's Rockin' Eve." And his company Dick Clark Productions created many other types of entertainment programs.
Using satellite imagery, scentists were able to estimate the number of emperor penguins in the Antarctic. Scientists from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia estimated the population to be six hundred thousand -- or double the previous estimate. Researchers believe the penguin population will be reduced in coming years because of climate change.
And those are the headlines for this week.
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