Wikinews:Briefs/June 2, 2006

The time is 18:00 (UTC) on June 2nd, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.



In Vienna, top diplomats from the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, and Germany reached an agreement on Thursday on an incentive package to offer to Iran in exchange for its giving up uranium enrichment.


A car was on its way to maternity hospital in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad. Two women, one of them about to give birth, were shot dead by US forces according to witnesses and police Capt. Laith Mohammed.

United States

Convicted on the first of June by a military jury for participating in prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, former sergeant Santos Cardona, 32, a dog handler in the United States Army, was today sentenced to ninety days of hard labour and demoted to the rank of specialist.


The first world conference of Greeks living abroad will take place in Athens, Greece, between 6-8 of June 2006.


The Australian federal and New South Wales governments will not be selling their shares in Snowy Hydro Limited (the owner and operator of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme).


Scottish police have arrested a man and a woman after finding Britain's largest ever stash of gamma bytro lacktone. The man in charge of the operation Graeme Pearson, director of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, called the find "the most significant discovery of the drug in the UK."


Debate about the raid on the world's largest Bittorrent site in Sweden continues. According to Swedish television, requests for the closure of "The Pirate Bay" were made at a meeting between the Swedish justice department, police and the US government in April.

New Zealand

Taupo airport has been rated the worst in the world by the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations because safety is "critically deficient".

United States

Katharine "Kerry" Close, a 13-year-old 8th-grader from Asbury Park, New Jersey, spelled "ursprache", a word for the ancestor of a language or language group, to win the 79th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.

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