Wikinews Shorts: August 10, 2009
A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, August 10, 2009.
English Badminton team withdraw from World Championship because of terror threat
V.K. Verma president of the Badminton Association of India dismissed the "terror threats" as rumors spread by the media. The Welsh and Scottish teams will continue to compete in the tournament, with Anne Smillie chief executive of Badminton Scotland saying that the English team had "perhaps overreacted".
- "England pull out of badminton tournament after terror threat" — , August 9, 2009
- Swaine, Jon. "England badminton team quits world championships over terrorism threat" — , August 9, 2009
Nagasaki holds ceremony on 64th anniversary of atomic bombing
Speaking to an audience of 5000 the mayor of the city called for worldwide nuclear disarmament. In his speech Prime Minister Taro Aso again reiterated that Japan would never produce, possess or allow nuclear weapons on its soil.
A similar ceremony was attended by 50,000 in Hiroshima on Thursday.
- Wang Hongjiang. "Japan marks 64th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bombing" — , August 9, 2009
- "Nagasaki calls on leaders to visit atomic bomb site" — , August 9, 2009
British soldier killed in Afghanistan
The death brings the number to five, the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan in this month alone and 196 since 2001, when British troops arrived in Afghanistan.
British contractor in Iraq faces death penalty for murder
A British contractor working for a private security company in Iraq has been arrested for the murder of two colleagues in Iraq. ArmorGroup Iraq confirms that two of its employees, a Briton and an Australian, have been killed in a firearms incident.
Former British child actor claims to be father of Michael Jackson's daughter
Former child actor Mark Lester, best known for playing the title role in the 1968 film Oliver!, claims to be the father of Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. Talking to British tabloid the News Of The World, Lester claims that Jackson asked him for a donation of sperm in the mid 90s and points to the resembelence between his own daughter and Paris.
Lester claims to be motivated by the desire to remain in contact with Paris, which he fears may be denied him by Katherine Jackson, Paris' guardian. His claim is supported by Uri Geller, a friend of both Jackson and Mark Lester, who said "I am not surprised, I knew it all along simply because Michael told me."
- "Jackson friend claims paternity" — , August 9,2009
- "Oliver! actor claims he fathered Jackson's daughter" — , August 9,2009
Three bombs explode in Majorca
Three bombs have expoded on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca on Sunday. Targeted at tourism sites all the devices were small and there have been no injuries. Basque separatist group ETA has claimed responsibility for the attacks which follow a car bomb that killed two Civil Guard officers 10 days ago on the Mediterranean island.
ETA's recent bombing campaign, which has also seen bommbings and deaths on the mainland, comes on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organisation.
- Tobey, Paul. "Three Bombs Explode in Mallorca; No Injuries Reported" — , August 9, 2009
- "Bomb blasts hit Spain's Majorca" — , August 9,2009