Wednesday, August 15 in the news....
- Six Italian men were shot dead in the German city of Duisburg early on Wednesday in an execution-style killing linked to a mafia feud. Most Germans shrugged their shoulders at the killings, questioning the reasoning behind them, particularly why Italians prefer wasting their time on mafia-related business rather than trying to take over Europe.
- Kenya's main opposition coalition has split into two factions ahead of a presidential election in December, boosting President Mwai Kibaki's chances of re-election, politicians said on Wednesday. Kenya's governing party continues to hold an ace up its sleeve too, with statistics showing sandwiches were widespread across the country.
- Scotland's governing party set out its plans on Tuesday for a referendum on independence but the main opposition parties vowed to block any move to end the 300-year-old union with England. Meanwhile, Mel Gibson has proposed to fly over from California, get out the tequila, and challenge Prince Harry to a fight in a nightclub on the border to decide the issue once and for all.
- Japan said they will resume direct aid to the Palestinian Authority after boycotting a previous Hamas-led government for more than a year, a Japanese official said on Monday. The PA thanked them, but declined, saying they still had no use for karaoke machines.