Sunday, December 23, 2012

Puntlandi Troops Rescue Pirate Hostages

Puntlandi troops claim to have rescued twenty-two sailors from their pirate captors.

The twenty-two hostages had been held since their ship, the MV Iceberg 1, had been captured by Somali pirates, in March of 2009, off Yemen.

Their twenty-three month long captivity was ended Sunday, after Puntlandi troops had besieged the pirates and engaged in fighting, over the last two weeks.

Though showing signs of abuse, malnutrition, and illness, the hostages are expected to recover now that they are receiving medical care and better food and water.

Syrian Bakery Hit by Airstrike

As many as two hundred people were killed in Halfaya, Syria, on Sunday. According to rebels, who took the town last week, a government jet struck a bakery.

As many as a thousand people were in line, at the bakery, when the air strike hit. Many of the dead would've been women and children. The bakery was the biggest still running, until the attack.

Video, purportedly from the scene, showed dozens of bodies lined up against a blackened building, mostly reduced to rubble. Screams and sirens could be heard, with people trying to make their way from the area, with rescuers running towards it.

This would not be the first time that Syrian forces had targeted bakeries. In the past they have repeatedly singled out bakeries, claiming that terrorist forces uses them for fronts.

Egypt's Constiution Passes, Will Face Court Challenges

Egypt's two step voting process concluded, on Saturday, with seventeen of the twenty-seven provinces taking their turn.

In an unsurprising vote, the proposed constitution passed, with a turn out of only thirty-two percent.

The opposition has already announced that they will challenge the vote, with charges of fraud and emphasis on the low turn out.

This constitution is highly contested in the country, with deadly riots against it taking place over the last couple weeks, in most of the cities.

Opposition members may continue the protests, while they challenge the constitution through the court system.

The courts may over turn it, as many judges and lawyers went on strike when the constitution was announced.

Many Egyptians fear the amount of Islamic influence in the constitution, believing it to be too close to shariah law.