Wikinews Shorts: April 2, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, April 2, 2007.

Argentinians mark 25th anniversary of Guerra de las Malvinas

Location of Falkland Islands

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory. The public holiday will be marked by memorial services to remember the dead, but it is also an opportunity to reiterate the country's claim to sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.


The US Supreme Court will not rule on habeas corpus for detainees

Justices of the US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court majority opinion was that "the will of Congress" should prevail on the provision of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that was being challenged. The 6 to 3 decision means that detainees at Guantánamo will not be able file habeas corpus challenges in US courts.


Russian scientist: Iran could create nuclear weapons

In an interview with Reuters, Russia's Secretary of the Public Chamber, President of the Kurchatov Institute, and a leading nuclear scientist, Yevgeny Velikhov said: "From a scientific point of view of course they could create nuclear weapons," and pointed to how the United States had underestimated the amount of time it would take the Soviet Union. "I consider biological, chemical and nuclear arms should be forbidden and that the holding and development of nuclear weapons should be considered a crime against humanity," he said.


Nelly Furtado leads 2007 Juno Award winners

Nelly Furtado

Canada's major music awards weekend ended Sunday night with pop singer Nelly Furtado winning Juno Awards in five categories including best artist, best single for her song Promiscuous, and best album for her 2006 release Loose. Furtado was also host of last night's televised ceremonies from Saskatoon, the first time the province of Saskatchewan has hosted the Junos.

The Juno Awards began in 1970 as the Gold Leaf Awards and honour Canadian music achievements. Other winners included Dixie Chicks, Billy Talent, Tomi Swick, Mobile, and Gordie Sampson.


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Yushchenko calls early elections in Ukraine

Viktor Yuschenko

President Viktor Yushchenko dissolved Ukraine's parliament and called early elections Monday. "My actions are dictated by the strict necessity to save the state's sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said in a televised address. However, members of the parliament said it would continue to function as-is, and would refuse to fund the election. Ukraine has been in a political turmoil as the president and his rival Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych position for power.

According to BBC News reports, the official election is set for May 27.