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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

InterWorld Radio News Bulletin

The World Health Organisation has confirmed that a fourth Indonesian has died from bird flu. The victim, a 23-year-old man, died in Bogor, near Jakarta. China also announced a new outbreak among 2,100 geese and chickens in the eastern Anhui province on Monday. Last week killed 2,600 birds were found dead in the country’s northern region of Inner Mongolia after being infected with the H5N1 strain of bird flu. China has not reported any cases of human infection. The H5N1 strain has killed at least 60 people in Asia since 2003.
Civil rights icon Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the American civil rights movement, has died at the age of 92. Parks was 42 and working as a seamstress when she committed the act of defiance. Her arrest and 14 dollar fine prompted a mass boycott of buses backed by Martin Luther King Jr. His protest movement brought about the 1964 Civil rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination in the US.
The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund `UNICEF' predicts the number of children orphaned by Aids in sub-Saharan Africa will reach 18 million by 2010. The charity, which launched an awareness campaign today, claimed only five per cent of HIV-positive children receive medical help and only 10 per cent of those orphaned by Aids get financial help. UNICEF is appealing for donors to give more money to support these children.
At least 17 people were killed on Monday by three powerful explosions outside Baghdad hotels used by foreign journalists. Suicide bombers are believed to have driven vehicles into barriers outside the Palestine and Sheraton hotels. All the victims appear to have been Iraqis who were outside the hotels. It is thought the attack was an attempt to take over the hotels and snatch journalists as hostages. The violence comes as the country waits for the results of the referendum on a new Iraqi constitution.
A former head of the Rwandan army has denied masterminding the country's 1994 genocide. In a UN court set up to try those responsible, Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, and three military co-defendants have already denied charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Col Bagosora was the most senior civil servant in the defence ministry when the genocide began. The prosecution says he directed the Hutu militias who carried out the killings of some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus over the course of 100 days.
Morocco has admitted its border guards killed four African migrants as they tried to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla. In a mass raid earlier this month Moroccan security forces opened fire at the border killing six people, four from gunfire. The incident sparked international criticism of how Spain and Morocco deal with immigrants trying to enter Europe. An inquiry by the Spanish civil guard has cleared its troops of involvement.
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