Wednesday, May 23, 2012

G I Joe Retaliation Pushed Back 9 Months

Paramount has announced that they will be moving back the release for the second G I Joe movie.

G I Joe Retaliation was to hit theaters June 29, 2012. It is now scheduled for March 29, 2013.

The theaters made the decision as they are moving to a 3D format.

It is unlikely that the movie will be hurt by the move. Paramount hopes that it will double it's gross gain internationally.

South Korea and Australia About to Hold Naval Drills

Starting on Monday Australia and South Korea will hold joint naval drills.

This is the first time that the two countries have held joint drills.

The two day drills will take place north east of Jeju Island.

Government officials have stated that the focus of the drills of will be detecting and tracking enemy submarines and torpedoes.

Officials continued to say that they made the decision to hold the drills due to concern that North Korea is planning a nuclear test.

33 Years of Prison for Doctor Who Helped Find Bin Laden

Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor, has been sentenced to thirty-three years in prison by the Pakistani government. His crime? Aiding the US in locating Osama bin Laden.

"The doctor was never asked to spy on Pakistan. He was asked only to help locate al Qaeda terrorists, who threaten Pakistan and the US," said a senior U.S. official with knowledge of counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda in Pakistan. "He helped save Pakistani and American lives. His activities weren't treasonous, they were heroic and patriotic."

But Pakistan sees it differently. As tensions with the US increase, over drone strikes and other incidents, Pakistan is arresting various people who have helped the US in it's war on terror. Pakistani officials sentenced the doctor in a secret trial in the Khyber region.

The US State Department has been pressing for Dr. Afridi's release, since his arrest last year. They pledge to continue to do so until he is released.

Obama Struggles in Primaries

On Tuesday primaries took place in Arkansas and Kentucky.

President Obama, running unopposed in Kentucky only managed to get 57.9% of the vote. Forty-two percent of Kentucky Democrats, who voted, listed themselves as uncommitted.

In Arkansas, he's not faring much better. Only fifty-nine percent have gone for Obama. Forty-one percent went for his opponent there, who promises to repeal Obamacare.

These states follow West Virginia's primary, of two weeks ago. In that state, a Texas inmate took forty-one percent of the vote away from Obama.

Tuesday's primaries were disappointing for Romney as well. Kentucky gave him sixty-seven percent, and Arkansas sixty-nine.

Both states saw many votes still going for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul; none of whom are actively campaigning.