Wikinews Shorts: April 14, 2012
A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Yemen al-Qaeda attack leaves twelve dead
Twelve people were killed in an al-Qaeda militant attack on a security checkpoint yesterday in , Yemen, according to the country's . Four Yemeni security force members and eight al-Qaeda militants are among the dead. Four additional people were wounded, including two al-Qaeda fighters and two members of the security force.
Al-Qaeda has been present in Yemen for several years, but gained traction last year when movements across the country called for the ouster of leader. Officials, who were unauthorized to speak to the press, spoke of the attack on the condition of anonymity.
- Ahmed Al-Haj. "Yemen: 12 killed in militant attack in south" — , April 14, 2012
- Mohammed Hatem. "Yemen Says 12 Killed in Latest Fighting Between Al-Qaeda, Army" — , April 14, 2012
Iran nuclear negotiations continue
Nuclear negotiations between Iran and six other nations continued yesterday and have made progress, according to diplomats. The meeting is the first time Iran has met with world powers in over a year. When the meeting broke for lunch, a diplomat warned of premature optimism, however. The diplomat also mentioned the possibility of reaching common ground in the future.
Iran continues to insist that the development of a nuclear program is intended solely for peaceful purposes, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened a preemptive strike, saying that his country would be threatened by Iran achieving nuclear capability. Although U.S. President Barack Obama has not eliminated the possibility of using military force against Iran, he has expressed desire for a diplomatic solution instead.
- Associated Press. "Iran nuclear negotiations: Talks 'progressing well'" — , April 14, 2012
- Roy Gutman. "After 'constructive' talks on Iran nuclear program, hopes rise for diplomacy" — , April 14, 2012
US Secret Service agents relieved in light of alleged misconduct
All questions directed to thepertaining to the matter have been redirected to the Secret Service. President Obama is visiting Colombia to participate in the , where he plans to discuss issues including trade policy.
- "Secret Service agents relieved of duty in Colombia amid alleged misconduct" — , April 14, 2012
- Donovan Slack, Josh Gerstein, Carrie Budoff Brown. "Secret Service scandal rocks Obama trip" — , April 14, 2012
Severe 'life-threatening' weather forecast for Midwestern US
The U.S. states, with Oklahoma and Kansas expected to be the most impacted by severe weather. meteorologist Paul Walker told that the weekend "should be particularly dangerous" and that the issuance of a warning two days prior to severe weather is unusual.'s Storm Prediction Center issued a high risk warning on Friday for parts of several
Officials in Kansas and Oklahoma are urging residents to watch the situation and make emergency plans with their families.
- Alyssa Newcomb. "Forecasters Warn of Violent,' Life-Threatening' Storms for Midwest" — , April 14, 2012
- Sean Murphy. "'Life-threatening' storms feared for Midwest" — , April 14, 2012
Antarctic emperor penguin population approximated from space
Scientists from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia used satellite imagery to approximate the Antarctic population of at approximately 600,000, nearly double that of previous estimates. The scientists used high resolution imagery to ensure the ability to distinguish between shadows, excrement and the penguins themselves. They also found approximately 238,000 breeding pairs of penguins in Antarctica. Two-decade-old studies estimated this number to be between 135,000 and 175,000.
Although the population estimate is higher than before, their numbers may decline in the coming years if current climate trends continue, according to researchers. Researcher Phil Trathan said "Current research suggests that emperor penguin colonies will be seriously affected by climate change." The species, which only occupies Antarctica, is currently listed as "least concern" by the.
- Alex Morales. "Penguin Count Doubles as Satellite Sees Birds" — , April 14, 2012
- Jonathan Amos. "Emperor penguins counted from space" — , April 13, 2012