Tuesday, February 27 in the news.....
- Japan and the USA are to hold joint fighter drills in Fukuoka Prefecture. The drills will involve the US military's F-15 fighter jets and the Americans are having to pay high insurance premiums as Japanese pilots like to fly into targets.
- Vice President Dick Cheney has asked Pakistan to do more against Al Qaeda and the Taliban within its borders on a visit there today. Fresh from leaving Australia, Cheney also passed on a request from the Howard Government to do more about combatting cheating Paki bastards in cricket.
- At least 11 people died and more than 100 people were injured at an annual spring festival in eastern Pakistan where thousands of colorful kites are flown. The deaths and injuries were caused by stray bullets, sharpened kite-strings, electrocution and people falling off rooftops. Muslim officials said the celebratory festival did not reach its anticipated death toll this year.
- "An Inconvenient Truth," the big-screen adaptation of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's slide-show lecture about the perils of global warming, won Academy Awards on Sunday for documentary feature and best song. Apparently the deciding judge on the Oscar panel did not vote for it, but since he was from Florida he was dismissed and finally Gore had his way by winning both the popular vote and the crucial Academy vote.