Thursday, June 19, 2008

News Roundup, 6/19/08

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Zimbabwe: Harare mayor's wife 'bludgeoned to death': Abigail Chiroto was found in a mortuary near her home after being kidnapped and beaten to death. Her face was almost unrecognizable. Four other activists against President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party were also killed. Chiroto's four-year-old son was kidnapped with his mother, but was released unharmed.

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Iowa flooding could be man's fault, experts say: Kamyar Enshayan, a college professor and Cedar Falls City Council member, thinks that the drastically altered landscape is to blame. Streams have been straightened out or rerouted, wetlands and flood plains have been filled in and the tall grasses have been replaced with plowed fields. All of these changes have left nature little choice about where excess water can go.

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Amnesty seeks 'missing' Tibetans: Amnesty International says that more than 1,000 Tibetans who were detained during protests in March are unaccounted for. The demonstrations against the Chinese government disrupted the Olympic torch relay, which is now supposed to enter Tibetan areas. Amnesty officials hope that this leg of the relay will illuminate the plight of the Tibetans.

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Haney: Tiger predicted U.S. Open victory despite two leg fractures: Woods told his doctor that he would play in and win the U.S. Open two weeks before the event, Tiger Woods' swing coach, Hank Haney, said Wednesday. Woods reportedly said this just after the doctor recommended three weeks of crutches and three more weeks of inactivity. Woods suffered the stress fractures from rehabilitation after his last knee surgery.

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