Wikinews Shorts: August 10, 2009
A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, August 10, 2009.
English Badminton team withdraw from World Championship because of terror threat
The threat is believed to be linked to, a group linked to the in 2008.
V.K. Verma president of the Badminton Association of India dismissed the "terror threats" as rumors spread by the media. The Welsh and Scottish teams will continue to compete in the tournament, with Anne Smillie chief executive of Badminton Scotland saying that the had "perhaps overreacted".
- "England pull out of badminton tournament after terror threat" — , August 9, 2009
- Swaine, Jon. "England badminton team quits world championships over terrorism threat" — , August 9, 2009
Nagasaki holds ceremony on 64th anniversary of atomic bombing
A ceremony was held in Japan on Sunday to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the of the city in .,
Speaking to an audience of 5000 the mayor of the city called for worldwide nuclear disarmament. In his speech Prime Minister Taro Aso again reiterated that Japan would never produce, possess or allow nuclear weapons on its soil.
A similar ceremony was attended by 50,000 inon Thursday.
- Wang Hongjiang. "Japan marks 64th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bombing" — , August 9, 2009
- "Nagasaki calls on leaders to visit atomic bomb site" — , August 9, 2009
British soldier killed in Afghanistan
The death brings the number to five, the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan in this month alone and 196 since 2001, when British troops arrived in Afghanistan.
- "British soldier killed in Afghanistan blast" — , August 9, 2009
- "UK soldier killed in Afghanistan" — , August 9, 2009
British contractor in Iraq faces death penalty for murder
A British contractor working for a Iraq has been arrested for the murder of two colleagues in Iraq. ArmorGroup Iraq confirms that two of its employees, a Briton and an Australian, have been killed in a firearms incident.in
The gunman is now in the custody of the Iraqi authorities and faces a charge of premeditated, a crime for which he may .
- Gamel, Kim. "Briton in Iraqi custody after contractor killings" — , August 9, 2009
- Yan. "Iraq arrests Briton for murder charges" — , August 9, 2009
Former British child actor claims to be father of Michael Jackson's daughter
Former child actor Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. Talking to British tabloid the , Lester claims that Jackson asked him for a in the mid 90s and points to the resemblance between his own daughter and Paris., best known for playing the title role in the 1968 film , claims to be the father of
Lester claims to be motivated by the desire to remain in contact with Paris, which he fears may be denied him by Uri Geller, a friend of both Jackson and Mark Lester, who said "I am not surprised, I knew it all along simply because Michael told me.", Paris' . His claim is supported by
- "Jackson friend claims paternity" — , August 9,2009
- "Oliver! actor claims he fathered Jackson's daughter" — , August 9,2009
Three bombs explode in Majorca
Three bombs have exploded on the Spanish holiday island of on Sunday. Targeted at tourism sites all the devices were small and there have been no injuries. group has claimed responsibility for the attacks which follow a car bomb that killed two officers 10 days ago on the island.
ETA's recent bombing campaign, which has also seen bombings and deaths on the mainland, comes on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organisation.
- Tobey, Paul. "Three Bombs Explode in Mallorca; No Injuries Reported" — , August 9, 2009
- "Bomb blasts hit Spain's Majorca" — , August 9,2009