Wikinews Shorts: December 6, 2008
A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, December 6, 2008.
BMW vehicle sales lower by a quarter
According to the company, BMW sales have fallen 26.2% in November from a year ago, whilst sales of its Mini subsidiary, which is based in the United Kingdom, were 20.8% lower. Sales in November for BMW's luxury Rolls-Royce branch were also down 18.5%.
From the period of January to November, the company sold 1.32 million cars, 1.8 percent fewer than last year, when it sold 1.34 million vehicles.
- "BMW sales dip more than a quarter" — , December 5, 2008
- "BMW's November sales slide 25 percent" — , December 5, 2008
NASA delays Mars mission
The United States space agency NASA has put off the launch of Mars Science Laboratory rover mission. It was scheduled to fly next year, but the mission has been delayed by testing and hardware problems.
According to agency officials, the launch of the rover would be postponed until 2011. The delay could add US$400 million to the cost of the mission, which is likely to be higher than $2 billion.
"We will not lessen our standards for testing the mission's complex flight systems, so we are choosing the more responsible option of changing the launch date," said Dough McCuistion, the director NASA's Mars program.
- "Nasa delays its next Mars mission" — , December 5, 2008
- "NASA delays next Mars rover mission" — , December 5, 2008
Number of Canadian soldier deaths in Afghanistan reaches 100
Canada's top commander in Afghanistan, Brigadier General Denis Thompson, said that his troops were bringing "peace and stability" to the country. 2,500 Canadian troops are based in southern Afghanistan as part of NATO's mission to defeat the Taliban.
Canada's military presence in Afghanistan is due to end in 2011.
- "Canada Afghan death toll hits 100" — , December 5, 2008
- Agence France-Presse. "Afghanistan deaths bring Canada troops' toll to 100: military" — , December 5, 2008
Record jewelery heist in Paris, France
The robbers brandished firearms and forced fifteen customers and staff into a corner of the store. No shots were fired and no one is reported hurt. Police have no immediate leads.
- "Robbers in drag steal $100M in jewel heist" — , December 5, 2008
- Agence Press-France. "Diamond thieves pull off 100-million-dollar Paris heist" — , December 5, 2008