Wikinews Shorts: April 1, 2007
A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, April 1, 2007.
Nepal: Former rebels join government; elections set for June
Five former Maoist rebels were sworn in as ministers as part of a peace pact designed to end a decade-long insurgency that has killed more than 13,000 people in Nepal. The new government has announced assembly elections for late June, 2007. Thereafter, the new assembly is due to write a new constitution for the Himalayan nation.
- AP. "Former rebels join Nepal government" — , April 1, 2007
- "Nepal elections set for June" — , April 1, 2007
Russia bans foreigners from retail sales jobs
Under a new law that went into effect today, non-Russians will not be allowed to work as salespeople in shops and markets. The ban was presented by Vladimir Putin as a way of improving employment prospects for Russian citizens. Russian media warns that it will increase the labor costs for retailers and drive up inflation. The Federal Migration Service, a government agency, reported nearly full compliance in Moscow.
- "Trading ban targets non-Russians" — , April 1, 2007
- "Russia bans expats from trading" — , April 1, 2007
- "Moscow markets fully meet demands of new immigration legislation" — , April 1, 2007
Google TiSP April fools joke
Today, Sunday, Google "released" their Google TiSP service. This April Fool appears on their homepage as "New! Get FREE breakthrough broadband with Google TiSP (BETA)." This directs you to a page with details of Google's TiSP package, a package that will give you broadband after you flush a fiber-optic cable down your toilet. Google issued a press release at midnight on April 1st, 2007.
- Press Release: "Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service" — Google, April 1, 2007
- Asher Bramwell. "Google April Fools!" — , April 1, 2007
- Garrett Rogers. "Google launches TiSP — Free wireless broadband" — , March 31, 2007
Iranian students protest outside British embassy in Tehran
Between 100 and 200 students gathered outside the British embassy in Tehran to protest the alleged incursion into Iranian waters by the Royal Navy. The protesters threw rocks, chanted "Death to Britain" and called for the expulsion of the ambassador. Police prevented the protesters from entering the compound.
- Nasser Karimi, AP. "Protest in Iran Targets British Embassy" — , April 1, 2007
- Edmund Blair. "Protesters pelt UK embassy as Iran row worsens" — , April 1, 2007
- "Students condemn UK navy violation of Iran's waters" — , April 1, 2007