Wikinews:Briefs/June 30, 2005

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Thirteen bodies have been found at the site where a US helicopter crashed yesterday in Afghanistan. Seven more soldiers are unaccounted for - including soldiers who were fighting on the ground at the time of the crash. "It's a search and recovery operation in a tactical environment, which means we have to ensure security throughout," U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jerry O'Hara said.

6,000 residents of Lismore in New South Wales have been told to evacuate their homes after South East Queensland received rainfalls of 368mm in the last 24 hours. The Gold Coast suburb of Coolangatta has been averaging 80mm per hour for at least two hours.

Scott McCulloch's 6 month under cover investigative report into protests planned for July's G8 summit for Scotland on Sunday was published in June 26th edition. McCulloch detailed the training camps and protest tool factories put together by protesters. Road blocks and other actions are being planned in an attempt to disrupt the summit.

The protests are expected to be coordinated from the Ecovillage in Forthbank, Scotland. The actual summit will be held at Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland, 20 miles from the Forthbank camp.

Two Rwandan businessmen were sentenced to 10 and 12 years for their role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The two, tried in Belgium, could have faced up to 25 years in prison. They were convicted based on their offers of transportation and weapons to Hutu militas in the planned massacre of Tutsis in a church and a municipal building where Tutsis and Hutus had met.

A co-operation between the KDE group - makers of a free desktop for Linux - and the Wikimedia Foundation has been announced at the LinuxTag Conference in Karlsruhe. They intend to build a protocol which will make it possible to access Wikimedia project's data from any application, but especially from the KDE suite. It may also be possible to include the Wikipedia archive in some of KDE's CD editions to make it possible to use the data from Wikipedia on machines without an internet connection.

The OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters' Forum concluded on Saturday with several speeches and a visit to sponsoring companies in South Korea's technology sector. Since the conclusion of the conference, presentations and transcripts have been published on the OhmyNews web site.

Defending Wimbledon Ladies Singles champion Maria Sharapova has been beaten by Venus Williams in the 2005 semi-final by two sets to none. In the final game, Williams came to match point twice, just as rain began to fall. Both that and the preceding game were hard fought, with a succession of deuces.

The other semi-final, between Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsey Davenport, will resume tomorrow after rain forced an early end to play today. The match will resume with Davenport a break up in the final set. The previous sets both went to tie-breaks after both players exchanged breaks of serve.

Both matches were played at the same time - Williams and Sharapova on Centre Court, with Davenport and Mauresmo on No.1 - after early rain meant players could not get onto the courts until late afternoon.

Playing in very poor weather in Frankfurt Germany, Brazil clinched the Confederations Cup with a 4-1 victory over Argentina.

Adriano broke the ice in the 12th minute from more than 18 metres, quickly followed by a goal from Kaká. In the second half, a pass from Cicinho set up Ronaldinho's goal, and Adriano got a second off Ronaldinho's pass.

Argentina's Pablo Aimar, substituting, scored after and tried start a rally, but they were unable gain any more goals.

Serbia and Montenegro international, Mateja Kežman, will sign a three year contract with Atlético de Madrid today. The striker spent an unsuccessful season with Chelsea and all three parties have agreed to this 7 million Euro transfer. Other teams that demonstrated an interest in Kežman this summer included Sevilla, Olympique de Marseille and Schalke 04.

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