(CNN) A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake Sunday in the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, killed scores of people in Iran, Iranian officials said. State-run Press TV reported at least 130 people were killed in Iran, citing the deputy governor of Kermanshah province, Mojtaba Nikkerdar. Citing the head of Iran’s emergency services, Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars News said at least 1,000 people were injured in the quake.
Four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Iraq, Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya, told CNN. The temblor, centered about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, according the US Geological Survey. The quake crushed buildings in Darbandikhan, according to video from AFP.
A magnitude-6.5 earthquake has struck off the south coast of Costa Rica on Sunday afternoon (local time). The quake struck at a depth of 19.8 kilometres and 16.8 kilometres southeast of Jaco, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a statement that a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected, and no other threats are expected to be issued. The quake was initially recorded as magnitude 7.8. More to come.
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The official ‘redband’ trailer for American The Bill Hicks Story www.americanthemovie.com This groundbreaking new documentary uses a stunning new animation technique to tell the story of the modern cultural icon Bill Hicks. Music: “Breathe Me” performed by Sia, courtesy of Island UK and Universal Music Operations Ltd. Written by Furler/Carey.
A video game that revisits one of the key conflicts of the Iraq war has ignited controversy on both sides of the Atlantic, one year before its scheduled release.
The game, Six Days in Fallujah, is currently under development by Atomic Games at its base in North Carolina. Announcing the game to the press earlier this week, Peter Tamte, the company’s president, said: “It’s time for video games to do what movies, music and television have done: give people insight into this war that is shaping our world.”
Jun. 10Middle EastComments Off on US issues threat to Iraq’s $50bn foreign reserves in military deal
US issues threat to Iraq’s $50bn foreign reserves in military deal
By Patrick Cockburn Friday, 6 June 2008
The US is holding hostage some $50bn (£25bn) of Iraq’s money in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to pressure the Iraqi government into signing an agreement seen by many Iraqis as prolonging the US occupation indefinitely, according to information leaked to The Independent. Read more
A loose alliance of peace activists, lawyers, academics and politicians is behind the brief, organised by the ICC Action group in Melbourne.
Organiser Glen Floyd says Mr Howard should be held accountable for sending troops to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations.
“We have produced a 52-page brief of evidence which states to the chief prosecutor of the criminal court that we allege John Howard’s actions are war crimes under article 8 of the Rome Statute,” he said. Read more