>>Jason Green, who works at an Australian crocodile farm, was attacked by a female of the species only to subsequently shot by a colleague trying to save him. Green survived and is now recuperating post surgery.
>>Egyptian authorities today began to stop the flow of an estimated 350,000 Palestinians who have entered from Gaza through 17 gaps blown in the border wall. According to at least one border guard, Hamas was responsible and had been weakening the wall for months using “oxy-acetylene cutting torches.
>>In preparation for this summer’s Olympic Games, Beijing is cleansing both environmentally and socially. Prior to the August event, “problem” citizens, including prostitutes and the homeless, will be relocated. The Beijing Times has reported that the Chinese motor traffic during the games, pulling an estimated 1.65 million cars off the road. In the meantime, athletes are preparing face masks, trying special diets, and delaying their arrivals due to pollution.
>>The European Commission proposed sweeping measures to reduce carbon emissions (20 percent of 1990 levels by 2020) and promote the use of renewable energy sources (20 percent of all power). Responsibilities have been suggested for individual nations, and some are none too happy.
>>The WHO has created a database to keep tabs on avian flu strains collected around the world.
Quote of the Day
- “In my opinion boxers are probably the finest athletes in the world. But they didn’t think they could make it three rounds in Beijing.”
-Frank Filiberto, a physician for the U.S. boxing team
Yesterday in UN Dispatch
- What Would You Do On Day One? – Mark Leon Goldberg
- Help stop violence against women – Jessica Valenti
The Rest of the Story
- Zoellick stresses fight against hunger
– by Krishna Guha and James Politi (FT)
- China continues run of double-digit growth
– by Richard McGregor (FT)
- Canadian Military Has Quit Turning Detainees Over to Afghans
– by Ian Austen (NY Times)
- Hiring of Soviet Scientists Has Strayed From Aim, Audit Says
– by Matthew Wald (NY Times)
- Italy Backs Its Coalition but Only Just for Now
– by Ian Fisher (NY Times)
- Tear Gas and Tension Limit an Opposition Protest in Zimbabwe
- South Africa: Solar Traffic Lights to Ease Gridlock
- Islam ‘insult’ student faces death
– AP, AFP (Times)
- Romano Prodi holds on for confidence vote
– by Richard Owen (Times)
- Report: N. Korea Exploited U.N. Account
– by Colum Lynch (washingtonpost.com – World)
- Ahmadinejad to challenge US influence with visit to Iraq
– by Julian Borger (Guardian)
- In a 49-Year First, Greek Leader Visits Turkey
– by Sabrina Tavernise and Anthee Carassava (NY Times)
- Ahmadinejad defiant after new UN resolution text agreed
– Philippe Naughton (Times)
- Worldwide Freshwater Crisis
– by ABC News (video)