Saturday, December 1, 2012

M23 Withdraws From Goma

M23 rebels have withdrawn from the city of Goma, Congo.

They did so eleven days after they practically walked into the city, after Congolese troops went running and UN forces sat and watched.

Their withdrawal was part of an agreement with the government, which both sides hope leads to a full pledged peace.

Under the agreement rebel forces will have to be at least twelve miles from the city, at all times.

It also requires Congo to only send police into the town, no military presence is allowed.

Expressway Tunnel in Japan Collapses

Reports coming from Japan are that the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway has collapsed.

Witnesses have said that it was only the Tokyo bound lanes which collapsed.

An unknown number of vehicles were in the tunnel, at the time.

The collapse occurred Sunday morning around 8am JST, or Saturday 6pm MST.

The tunnel is located about fifty miles west of Tokyo.

At this point there are no words of any deaths, but at least a dozen people have been confirmed injured.

Morsi Sets Date for Vote on Constitution as Opposing Sides Clash

Pro Morsi supporters rallied through Cairo, Saturday, with numbers around two hundred thousand.

They marched through the streets cheering Morsi, calling for Shariah law to be enforced, and for Morsi's constitution to be passed.

Morsi has set a date of December 15, for the vote on the new constitution.

Tahrir Square continued to be a scene for protests against Morsi.

People there, and elsewhere, are demanding Morsi resign, or at least recant his decrees of last week, which gave him substantial powers.

Many accuse Morsi of giving them either a choice of his dictatorship or surrendering to Muslim rule.

Clashes between the two groups happened, all over the country, leaving several dozen injured.

Internet Back on in Syria

After being blacked out for two days, most of Syria's internet and cell service came back Saturday evening.

The government had blamed the service failures on terrorist attacks, but activists and companies around the world placed the blame on the government.

Rebel forces continue to take military bases and areas where fighting is occurring are growing fewer in number.

Despite that, daily death tolls seem to continue to rise, as fighting in places like Damascus grows more intense.

As many as fifty thousand people have been killed in the conflict.

One Gazan Killed, Five Wounded After Rushing Israeli Border

Hamas police officer tries to keep Gazans away from Israeli border
In the second incident since the ceasefire between Gaza and Israel began, one was killed and another five were wounded.

All six were shot when they and several hundred more Gazans tried rushing the border, in what was an eery repeat of eight days ago.

Israeli Defense Forces warned them to stop, fired warning shots into the air, and then fired at the ground in front of them.

Even then the Gazans didn't stop but went right into the fire.

Hamas and Palestinian leaders complained to Egypt over what they said was a violation of the cease fire.

Some promised that war with Israel would be renewed soon.

The incident followed the UN's recognition, of Palestine as a state, by just two days.

Fern Lake Fire Triples in Size

The Fern Lake Fire, near Estes Park, Colorado has been burning since October 9, but is suddenly back in the news.

Firefighters have been keeping an eye on it all along, but then it tripled in size over Friday night, to at least forty-five hundred acres.

High winds, with gusts up to seventy-five miles per hour, caused the massive growth, and also kept air crews grounded, during most of Saturday.

One structure was lost during Saturday, with several hundred others being threatened.

Nearly two hundred and fifty firefighters are now battling the blaze, and more help is on the way.

At least eleven hundred evacuation notices were sent out, and evacuees are being sent to Estes Park High School.

Nieto Sworn in as President While Mexicans Riot

Enrique Pena Nieto was sworn into office, Saturday, as the new President of Mexico.

With him, the PRI has regained control of the country, after losing it in 2000, after holding it for most of the twentieth century.

Thousands of Mexicans rioted in the streets, protesting against Nieto's swearing in and the PRI's return.

They accuse the PRI of using bribery and intimidation to win the election.

Dozens were injured when the rioters clashed with police.

Rioters threw gas and alcohol bombs at riot police who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

North Korea Admits Preparing for Rocket Launch

North Korea announced, Saturday, that they are planning to launch a rocket, within the next couple weeks.

This comes a few days after most of the world accused them of planning to attempt another launch.

According to Pyongyang this rocket's purpose is to carry a "polar orbiting earth observation satellite" for "peaceful scientific and technological" purposes.

They also said that their scientists had learned from their mistakes, from an attempt in April, that failed.

Several countries accuse North Korea of testing long range missiles, which the country is banned from doing by the UN.

The international community has advised the North to not go through with the launch.

Despite that, North Korea said that the launch will take place between December 10 and 22.

Expectations are for it to happen on December 17, as that is the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death, and would be seen as a way to honor him.

FBI Arrests Florida Brothers For Plotting to Use WMD

FBI agents arrested two Florida brothers, Thursday, on terrorism charges.

Raees Alam Qazi, twenty, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi,thirty, were indicted Friday in Fort Lauderdale.

Both men were originally from Pakistan, and Raees was very active in contacting overseas terrorist organizations.

The FBI has not released much information, but said the men planned to use a weapon of mass destruction.

A judge ordered that the brothers be detained, without bail, until December 7, when they're scheduled to appear in court again.

Casper Police Release New Information on Murder Suicide

Casper, Wyoming police have given new information and corrected previous statements, about Friday's murder suicide.

Christopher Krumm, twenty-five, from Vernon, Connecticut had driven to Casper, a few days ago.

On Friday morning he went to his father's house and brutally murdered forty-two year old Heidi Arnold, his father's girlfriend, leaving her body in the gutter.

Police say he used a "very large knife" in the attack, stabbing her repeatedly.

Krumm then went to the campus of Casper College, where his father, James Krumm, fifty-six, taught computer science.

When Krumm arrived in the classroom, he pulled out a composite bow and arrow, and shot his father in the head.

As students ran screaming from the room, he pulled another large knife and stabbed himself.

Apparently his father then struggle with him over the knife, at which time Christopher stabbed James in the chest.

Police arrived to find James dead and Christopher died within minutes of their arrival.

At this time, it is unclear why Christopher committed the murderous acts.

Police Looking for Weapon That Killed Minnesota Officer

Around 11pm CST, Thursday night police in Cold Spring, Minnesota responded to a call of a suicidal man.

When officer Tom Decker arrived on the scene, he was shot and killed.

Other officers later arrested thirty-four year old Ryan Michael Larson on charges of second degree murder.

Police are describing the shooting as an ambush, though have not explained why they are calling it such.

On Friday, police confiscated several guns from Larson's home, but say they are still looking for the murder weapon.

They have asked the public to keep an eye out for a discarded twenty gauge shotgun.