Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday, June 24 in the news....

  • An explosion apparently targeting Americans struck a local council building Tuesday in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City district, killing at least two Iraqi civilians. In response to the suspicion it was aimed at Americans, a soldier for the US mentioned to a local reporter, "Hey I've already added ten new Iraqi friends to my Facebook, I thought we were doing kinda well".

  • Coalition warplanes swooped down on militants withdrawing from a firefight with police into the mountains of eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 15 of them. Eastern Afghanistan is usually referred to by its more common name, Western Pakistan.

  • In Iraq, men and women can openly study and party together for the first time in years at Basra University, free from the threat of Shiite gunmen enforcing extreme Islamic views. The parties never got off the ground though, as the disguises to get into a local American base to buy alcohol failed.

  • Thousands of people in the Netherlands say they expect the world to end in 2012, and many say they are taking precautions to prepare for the apocalypse. While theories on the supposed catastrophe varied, most tied the 2012 date to the end of the Mayan calendar. Meanwhile, others around the world are preparing to protest George Lucas and Steven Spielberg for not taking this route with the script of Indiana Jones 4 instead of the lame 'Tom Cruise with the only standing ovation' one.

  • Motorists had to swerve to avoid a man asleep at the controls of a motorised wheelchair on a north Queensland highway over the weekend. Police who breath-tested him allegedly found him to be six times the legal blood alcohol limit. The man argued that he didn't have a mate to help drive his wheelchair home.