Weekly World News Brief
Friday, February 23, 2007
Cheney of Oz - US Vice-President Dick Cheney paid a visit to Australia this week and met with Prime Minister John Howard, one of America’s staunchest supporters in the War in Iraq. Naturally, Cheney’s arrival in Sydney drew thousands of protestors who were very vocal about their opposition to the Iraq War and the detention of Australian terror suspect David Hicks. Cheney met with a number of officials in the Australian government, including Howard’s Labour Party rival. Howard has been criticized for his government’s close ties to the Bush administration and the War in Iraq, but Cheney vocalized the need for coalition countries to not abandon Iraq.
Pop goes Italy’s Government - Italy’s Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned after a Senate vote to approve the government’s foreign policy agenda failed to get a majority by two votes. Controversy began in January when three of Prodi’s cabinet minister refused to support a motion to continue funding troops in Afghanistan and to approve the expansion of a US military base in Caserma Ederle. President Giorgio Napolitano is currently trying to bring the sides together to try and form a new government by Prodi has issued a list of conditions that say he won’t return unless he’s given support by all parties. The only resolution to the current political predicament may be a new round of elections.
No more cluster bombs- At a conference in Oslo, Norway, 46 of 49 countries in attendance have agreed in principle to seek a international treaty that bans all cluster bombs by 2008. These bombs can be launched from either air or ground and consist of a single device capable of launching several smaller munitions designed for anti-personal, anti-runway, anti-armour and mine deploying purposes. The bombs are used heavily by the militaries of many nations, but they’ve been heavily criticized by human rights groups who are pushing for a ban because of the vast number of duds left behind long after the end of fighting. Since the end of last year’s war between Israel and Hezbollah, 30 people have been killed with another 186 injured from unexploded bombs in southern Lebanon. Which three counties voted ‘no’ by the way? The United States, China and Russia, naturally.