Wikinews Shorts: April 23, 2007
A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, April 23, 2007.
Classes resume at Virginia Tech
At 7:10 a.m. EDT, students gathered for a moment of silence, to mark the first of the shootings last week. Similarly, at 9:45 a.m. another moment of silence is planned to mark the second shooting. After the silence, a bell will toll 32 times, once for each victim and 32 white balloons will be released.
The Roanoke Times reported that the campus seemed tranquil and that most students were wearing the school colors, orange and maroon.
- Justin Pope, AP. "Virginia Tech students return to campus" — , April 23, 2007
- "Tech students return to campus" — , April 23, 2007
Bomb threat forces landing of Greek airliner
An Olympic Airlines Boeing 737 jet was forced to make an emergency landing following a bomb threat. The plane, which was carrying 136 passengers, including 11 Greek Members of the European Parliament, landed safely in Munich, Germany, instead of its intended destination of Strasbourg, France.
- "Greek jet lands in Munich after bomb threat" — , April 23, 2007
- David Rising, AP. "Threat on Greek plane forces landing" — , April 23, 2007
Russian radio journalists told to report 'positive news'
The new Kremlin-allied managers of the radio network Russian News Service have told journalists that half of their reporting must be 'positive stories', opposition leaders should not be talked about on air and the United States is to be represented as an enemy; the network's staff say.
Russian News Service is the largest independent radio network with an estimated seven million listeners. The country's three television networks are all state-controlled, while radio stations and small newspapers tend to be independent.
Reports on deaths, violence and poverty are all to be considered as not positive, an editor at the network told the New York Times. A former news editor, Mikhail G. Baklanov told the NYT that owners had previously not interfered in editorial matters.
The press freedom watchdog group Reporters Without Borders ranks Russia 147th out of 168 countries listed in its annual press freedom index, citing the murders of prominent journalists, the control of media outlets by business groups close to the Kremlin and the passing of restrictive laws.
- Press Release: "Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006" — , accessed April 23, 2007
- Andrew E. Kramer. "50% Good News Is the Bad News in Russian Radio" — , April 22, 2007
- "Russian radio to offer more positive news" — , April 21, 2007
Obasanjo's pick declared winner in disputed Nigerian polls
Opposition candidates Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar rejected the result and said they would take the dispute to the courts. Election monitors have said the elections were marred by violence, fraud and chaos.
The election commission said Yar'Adua polled 24.6 million votes, compared to 6 million for Buhari and 2.6 million for Abubakar.
- "Huge win for Nigeria's Yar'Adua" — , April 23, 2007
- Lydia Polgreen. "Charges of fraud abound as ruling party wins in Nigeria" — , April 23, 2007
- "As poll winner declared, crisis of legitimacy predicted" — , April 23, 2007
Denmark welcomes new princess
Denmark welcomed a new princess, born Saturday to Crown Princess Mary and her husband Crown Prince Frederik. The couple left the national hospital today. Mary addressed the throngs of press: "She slept well... She has been very good and kind to her mother... We have not decided on a name yet but we are considering a few."
The yet-to-be named princess is third in line to the Danish throne behind her father, Frederik, and her brother, Prince Christian. She is the fourth grandchild of Queen Margrethe II, the reigning monarch.
The mother was born Mary Donaldson in Australia and married Frederik in May of 2004.
- AFP. "Public gets glimpse of Denmark's new princess" — , April 23, 2007
- "Denmark greets a new princess" — , April 23, 2007