Wikinews:Briefs/August 8, 2006

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The time is 20:30 (UTC) on August 8th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.




Roadside bombs have killed a total of 19 people and wounded almost 80 in a series of attacks on Baghdad, Tuesday.


There has been more fighting between Israel and Hezbollah as attempts to reach a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Lebanon continue.

The Arab League is proposing an amendment calling for Israel's immediate and complete withdrawal from Lebanon, a condition that is not in the current draft.


The United States Geological Survey announced that a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck near the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

New Zealand

Hillside suburbs in Christchurch, New Zealand have been suffering from torrential rain since Monday night. The Heathcote river burst its banks and caused surface flooding in areas.


President Alvaro Uribe was sworn into his second term of office in the Colombian capital of Bogota, Monday, pledging to improve the economy and make peace with FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels.

United States

All parties primary elections in the U.S. state of Connecticut are being held today. The polls opened at 6 a.m. this morning and will close at 8 p.m. local time (UTC-5).

Incumbent Senator Joesph Lieberman (D-CT) has alleged that supporters of his opponent in Connecticut's Democratic Primary, Ned Lamont have hacked his campaign's website and e-mail system.


Police in South-Western Sydney raided two homes in Greenfield Park on Monday, seizing 1 million AUD worth of cannabis.


New Delhi authorities hope a fierce looking primate will solve the problem of mischevious monkeys infilitratring the city's subway system. The Hindustan Times reports that langurs will be used to scare away their smaller cousins.

sports - cricket

Former Australian cricketer, Dean Jones was sacked by Ten Sports after he called South African batsman Hashim Amla a "terrorist" on air.

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