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newsmongering 04/26 (part deux!)

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> Yemeni opposition have accepted the transition plan created by the Gulf Cooperation Council, whereby President Saleh steps down within 30 days. Saleh grudgingly agreed to the plan Saturday. However, many protestors remain distrustful of the plan, and thousands of people continue to inhabit protest camps in the Sanaa, the country’s capital.

> The estimated death toll in Syria has risen to 400; the last widely reported figure yesterday was 350. Nonessential personnel have been evacuated from the American embassy, and American and British citizens are being strongly urged to leave the country immediately. Syria has a history of violent crackdowns – following protests in 1982, the government is estimated to have killed 10,000 of its own people. A Syrian man filming tanks in the streets of his neighborhood referred to the tanks as the ‘reforms’ of President Assad. The Syrian government is claiming that they were invited into towns like Dara’a by citizens to drive out “extremist terrorist groups.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an independent investigation.

> Russian president Dmitry Medvedev hinted in an interview yesterday that he may not be running for office again in 2012, indicating that former president Vladmir Putin will likely run (and win).

> Following complaints from the Brazilian government, Google has revised its maps of Rio de Janeiro ‘to put less emphasis’ on the city’s sprawling and numerous favelas. From what I can tell, prominent upper-class neighborhoods will now be labeled as prominently as the slums.

> Ron Paul has officially entered the field for 2012. My blood pressure is upping accordingly.

> SETI Institute is powering down. The satellite array is being put into “hibernation” (safe but nonfunctioning) due to inadequate government support.

> Speaking of: the world’s last company still producing typewriters has shut down its manufacturing operations.

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Written by whackanarwhal

April 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

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  1. Ron Paul and Donald Trump both running?! All we need now is an official statement that Sarah Palin is going to run, and we’ll be set! =D

    Brad

    April 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

  2. […] > “Several” (at least nine) protestors have been killed in a fresh wave of violence in Yemen. President Saleh has indeed reneged on his promise to step down within the month (and, uh, not to toot my own horn or anything, but: called it). […]


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