Sunday, February 3 in the news.....
- North Korea received a huge boost from Soviet technology to develop its ballistic missiles and still relies on foreign suppliers for key components, a report obtained on the weekend said. Other Soviet technologies, such as the economic plan for a socialist state, gave North Korea a huge boost in its most successful fields, poverty and oppression.
- Fighting restarted on Sunday around the presidential palace in the Chadian capital N'Djamena where rebels forces have surrounded President Idriss Deby and loyalist troops, residents said. Residents being those with four sticks and a shadecloth.
- A stampede at Guangzhou railway station killed one person when frustrated passengers rushed to board trains after days of cancellations because of fierce cold and snow, police confirmed on Sunday. This was in line with China's 'one person crushed in a stampede at the railway station' population control policy.
- America's most famous groundhog emerged from his burrow early on Saturday and declared that winter will last another six weeks. US presidential candidate John McCain suggested it was also an indication that soldiers will have to stay in Iraq for another 100 years.
- Germany rejected on Friday a call from the United States to send combat soldiers to dangerous parts of southern Afghanistan and said there were no plans to change its deployment in the less violent north. Germany rejected comparisons to northern Afghanistan being France and the Low Countries and southern Afghanistan being Russia in winter.
- A mugger knocked down US Senator and former 2004 US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's sister and stole her purse in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday night. Senator Kerry said although his sister didn't get a good look suspicions are that the mugger is either from Ohio or Florida and supports George W Bush.