Radical Islamist group Shabab set off a bomb during an official ceremony in Somalia’s capital yesterday, killing four and injuring 10. Despite almost 10,000 African Union soldiers attempting to keep the peace, the capital city of Mogadishu has been in a state of chaos due to 21 years of civil war.
Senegal announced yesterday that a Grammy-winner Youssou N’dour has been named minister for culture and tourism. An unusual move on the country’s part, but it will be useful in promoting visibility for the small West African nation.
The ITAR-TASS Russian News Agency reported earlier today that Central Asian nation Kyrgyzstan, has asked to join the Common Economic Space, part of Russia’s upcoming Eurasian Union initiative set to launch in 2015. Kyrgyzstan’s involvement is not completely surprising, considering its President Almazbek Atambayev once voted to preserve the Soviet Union years ago. From here on, we can most likely expect other Central Asian nations to follow suit over the next year.
With North Korea still not backing down from its planned satellite (aka. missile launch) between April 12 and 16, Japan, South Korea, and the US have gone into preparation mode by activating missile defense shields in case the target needs to be shot out of the sky. However, the big question posed by some experts right now is what flight path the missile may take. Since aiming north would have the country facing the wrath of China and Russia, and going over Japan caused a political firestorm last time in 2009, the most likely option to launch would be southwest over the Philippines. While probably the safest opinion in terms of not getting fired back on if the missile did hit land, we’d stake that the Philippine government isn’t too pleased about it nonetheless.
Authorities in New South Wales, Australia are figuring out that it may be less costly to let traffic offenders off the hook then to chase them down. In figures released in tomorrow’s Sydney Morning Herald, police pursuits in the past seven years have resulted in 388 injuries and 15 deaths. The sad truth of the matter is that 61 per cent of these chases were due to traffic violations, which make these deaths a high price to pay for occasionally running a red.
In creature feature news, a shark, though to be a great white, killed a man last Saturday off Stratham Beach in southwestern Australia. The news of the fourth deadly shark attack since last September has restarted calls for a cull of sharks found close to shore.