Weekly World News Briefs
Friday, February 2, 2007
British authorities have arrested nine people suspected of planning a terror plot never before seen in a western country. The suspects, all residents of Birmingham England, were allegedly panning to kidnap a Muslim British soldier and broadcast his beheading over the Internet.
Chavez Granted More Political Power
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was granted the power to enact sweeping reforms without any opposition, yesterday. Members of the country’s National Assembly unanimously agreed to grant him these powers yesterday. Opponents of the move call it a step towards authoritarianism.
US Scientists Demand Smog Reductions
US scientists have countered George W Bush’s environmental plan to move towards ethanol gas by demanding a reduction in smog levels. The scientists say a reduction would improve air quality for millions of Americans including young children, asthmatics, and the elderly. They argue that Bush’s ethanol plan would actually increase smog levels while reducing carbon emissions.
France to Introduce At Work Nap
The French Ministry of Health has pledged to devote $9 million (US) to improving public awareness about the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Representatives say sleep deprivation is a growing problem in France that causes not only reduced productivity but 20 to 30 per cent of French highway accidents ever year. They are looking into napping on the job as a possible solution to the problem.