Weekly World News Briefs
Friday, March 9, 2007
An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 140 people on route from Jakarta to Java crashed Tuesday, engulfed in flames after a bumpy landing. Passengers jumped out of emergency exits when the Garuda Airlines Boeing 737-400, crash-landed at about 7 am local time. Nine Australians were among the passengers on the plane, five of them survived the crash with injuries and the status of the other four is unknown at this time. This is the third plane crash in Indonesia in three months. The disaster comes on the heels of a deadly earthquake in the country, which struck on Tuesday, and left at killed at least 70 people.
Japanese Prime Minister Refuses to Apologize for Wartime Brothels
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has refused to formally apologize for Japan’s military brothels, organized to serve the troops during World War Two. The announcement has incensed Chinese, and Korean representatives whose citizens were among those kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery during the period, and comes in response to a proposed US Congress Resolution that would recommend the Japanese government admit responsibility for the thousands of sex slaves, and educate future generations on the atrocities.
Cheney Aid Convicted in Iraq Scandal
Former Chief of Staff for Vice-President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted Tuesday of lying and obstructing an investigation in connection with a plan to discredit an outspoken critic of the Iraq war. The verdict comes after a ten-day jury deliberation, which Libby’s lawyers say they will appeal. The decision gives Democrats control of Congress.
Two African Union Peacekeepers Killed in The Sudan
Two African Union Peacekeepers were gunned down, in the Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, spokespeople for the African Union said Wednesday. The gun men are believed to belong to the Sudan Liberation Army, which signed a Peace Accord in May 2006.