India ends Mumbai rampage after 60 hours, 195 dead

November 29, 2008

It took just 10 young men armed with rifles and grenades to terrorize this city of 18 million and turn its postcard-perfect icons into battlefields until security forces ended one of the deadliest attacks in India’s history early Saturday.

After the final siege at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel, adoring crowds surrounded six buses carrying weary, unshaven commandos dressed in black fatigues, shaking their hands and giving them flowers. One of the commandos said he had been awake for nearly 60 hours since the assault began Wednesday. Another sat sipping a bottle of water and holding a pink rose.

“What happened is disgusting,” said Suresh Thakkar, 59, who reopened his clothing store behind the hotel Saturday for the first time since the attacks. “It will be harder to recover, but we will recover. Bombay people have a lot of spirit and courage.”

The bloody rampage carried out by suspected Muslim militants at 10 sites across Mumbai, the nation’s financial capital formerly known as Bombay, killed at least 195 people and wounded 295. Among the dead were 18 foreigners, including six Americans.

Orange flames and dark smoke engulfed the Taj Mahal after dawn Saturday as Indian forces killed the last three militants with grenades and gunfire. Hours after the fire fight, parts of the landmark hotel were in shambles, its corner facade charred black and a red carpet leading to double doors littered with broken glass.

“Suddenly no one feels safe or secure,” said Joe Sequeira, the manager of a popular restaurant near the Oberoi hotel, another site targeted in the attacks. “It will take time. People are scared but they will realize it’s no use being scared and sitting at home.”
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Death toll over 300 in Nigerian sectarian violence

November 29, 2008

Mobs burned homes, churches and mosques Saturday in a second day of riots, as the death toll rose to more than 300 in the worst sectarian violence in Africa’s most populous nation in years.

Sheikh Khalid Abubakar, the imam at the city’s main mosque, said more than 300 dead bodies were brought there on Saturday alone and 183 could be seen laying near the building waiting to be interred.

Those killed in the Christian community would not likely be taken to the city mosque, raising the possibility that the total death toll could be much higher. The city morgue wasn’t immediately accessible Saturday.

Police spokesman Bala Kassim said there were “many dead,” but couldn’t cite a firm number.

The hostilities mark the worst clashes in the restive West African nation since 2004, when as many as 700 people died in Plateau State during Christian-Muslim clashes.

Jos, the capital of Plateau State, has a long history of community violence that has made it difficult to organize voting. Rioting in September 2001 killed more than 1,000 people.

The city is situated in Nigeria’s “middle belt,” where members of hundreds of ethnic groups commingle in a band of fertile and hotly contested land separating the Muslim north from the predominantly Christian south.
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AB’den Küba’ya doğal afet yardımı

November 27, 2008

Avrupa Birliği gelecek yıl Küba’ya 30 milyon Euro’ya yakın kalkınma yardımı yapacak.

Avrupa Birliği Komisyonu Kalkınma Genel Direktörü Stefano Manservisi, Havana’daki imza töreninden sonra yaptığı açıklamada, anlaşmanın, ticaret, çevre, bilim ve ziraat alanlarında projelerin finansmanını öngördüğünü belirtti.

Manservisi, anlaşma kaapsamında Küba’yı vuran “Gustav” ve “Ike” kasırgalarının kurbanlarına da iki milyon Euro yardım yapılacağını bildirdi. Avrupa Birliği, 2003 yılında 75 muhalif ismin tutuklanması nedeeniyle Küba ile işbirliğini dondurmuştu.

Emergency Declared at Thai Airports

November 27, 2008

Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat declared a state of emergency at Bangkok’s two commercial airports on Thursday and instructed the police and some military units to deal with protesters occupying the facilities.

The order, announced in a nationally televised address, came after a cabinet meeting in the northern city of Chiang Mai, a location apparently chosen to avoid confrontations with protesters, who in Bangkok are occupying the prime minister’s offices as well as the airports.

“It is necessary for me to announce an emergency decree in some areas,” Mr. Somchai said. “There is no intention to harm anyone.”

He assigned police, air force and naval units to “take care” of the situation. It was unclear whether this meant they are charged with clearing protestors out of the facilities.
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Multiple attacks in Mumbai, 80 dead, hostages taken

November 26, 2008

At least 80 people were killed in a series of attacks apparently aimed at tourists in India’s financial capital Mumbai on Wednesday night, with television channels saying Westerners were being held hostage at two five-star hotels.

At least 250 people have been wounded, police said.

There was also an attack on the Cafe Leopold, perhaps the most famous restaurant and hang-out for tourists in the city, and at hospitals and railway stations.

“I guess they were after foreigners, because they were asking for British or American passports,” said Rakesh Patel, a British witness who lives in Hong Kong and was staying at the Taj hotel on business. “They had bombs.”

“They came from the restaurant and took us up the stairs,” he told the NDTV news channel, smoke stains all over his face. “Young boys, maybe 20 years old, 25 years old. They had two guns.”
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California Wildfires; Red Cross, Partners Feeding Hundreds a Day

November 25, 2008

“This is my paycheck,” American Red Cross volunteer Bill Frazer says proudly as he looks at a handmade thank you card from one of the students from a local school. The card itself is quite detailed with a decorative envelope.

Frazer, a volunteer with the Greater Los Angeles Red Cross chapter, is coordinating the mass care efforts for the wildfire relief effort in California. His right hand man on this disaster relief effort is Chuck Erikson, a fellow Red Crosser with the Orange County, CA chapter, who is also the Associate Disaster Relief Director for the California Southern Baptist Convention. Frazer, Erikson and their Salvation Army colleagues opened their kitchen site on Sunday, November 20 at the First Presbyterian Church and Weekday School in Northridge, CA. This “partnership” kitchen has been used by Red Cross and the Southern Baptists on many disaster relief efforts across the country. It has the capacity to serve 20,000 meals a day, and today served 400 meals for breakfast and 550 for lunch.

When the meals are ready, Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) deliver them to the Red Cross shelter at Sylmar High School as well as to the site of one of the devastating wildfires, Oakridge Mobile Home Park. Along with meals, Red Cross volunteers have a special delivery of notes and cards from Sara and the other students at the First Presbyterian Weekday School in Northridge.
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Seyhan Havzası için felaket senaryosu

November 25, 2008

ÇUKUROVA Üniversitesi Ziraat Fakültesi Tarımsal Yapılar ve Sulama Ana Bilim Dalı Başkanı Prof. Dr. Rıza Kanber, Türk, Japon ve İsrailli bilim adamlarıyla Seyhan Havzası üzerinde küresel ısınmanın etkisiyle ilgili ortak yaptıkları proje kapsamında, gelecek yüzyılın en kötü senaryosunu belirlediklerini söyledi.

Senaryoya göre, sıcaklık 3-5 derece artacak, yağışlar ise yüzde 30-35 oranında azalacak, bölgede buğday ve mısır yetişmeyecek.

Türkiye Erozyonla Mücadele Vakfı’nın (TEMA) ‘Toprağa Saygı Haftası’ etkinlikleri kapsamında konferans veren Prof. Dr. Kanber, Türk, Japon ve İsrailli bilim adamlarıyla Seyhan Havzası üzerinde küresel ısınmanın etkisiyle ilgili ortak yaptıkları proje kapsamında gelecek yüzyılın en kötü senaryosunu belirlediklerini söyledi. Seyhan Havzası’nın, Türkiye ve Avrupa için önemli tarımsal ürün merkezi olması nedeniyle araştırma için seçildiğini belirten Prof. Dr. Kanber, çalışmanın 5 yıl sürdüğünü, ‘Küresel İklim Değişikliğinin Kurak Alanlarda Tarımsal Üretim Sistemlerine Etkisi Projesi’ni Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu (TÜBİTAK) ile Japonya İnsan ve Doğa Kaynakları Araştırma Enstitüsü’nün desteklediğini söyledi.


Yeryüzündeki sera ve karbondioksit gazlarının küresel ısınmayı meydana getirdiğini anlatan Prof. Dr. Kanber, bu ısınmaya bağlı iklim değişikliklerinin asıl olumsuz etkilerinin 2100’lü yıllarda etkinliğini arttıracağına dikkat çekti. Yapılan çalışmada çeşitli senaryolar oluşturduklarını vurgulayan Prof. Dr. Kanber, şunları söyledi: Read the rest of this entry »