March 17, 2005

March 17, 2005

March 17 2005

* At the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider particle accelerator in Upton, New York, physicist Horatiu Nastase may have created a black hole. [ (BBC)]
* The People's Republic of China frees Uyghur dissident and businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer on medical parole. [ (BBC)]
* U.S. Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the United States Trade Representative, replacing Robert Zoellick. Portman is subject to Senate confirmation. (Reuters) []
* Transparency International (TI), a nonprofit which works against corruption, warns about US companies overcharging for the rebuilding of Iraq. A TI study showed that a multi-million-dollar deal was awarded to a US company only for it to sub-contract the work to an Iraqi firm for a fraction of the cost. [ (Zaman)] [ (Aljazeera)]
* A number of non-governmental organizations meet in Geneva, Switzerland in the World Water Forum. They call for water to be treated as a common asset instead of being privatized. [ (Swissinfo)]
* In China, a bus explosion kills about 30 people in Jiangxi province. [ (China Daily)] [ (Reuters AlertNet)] [ (Channel News Asia)] [ (BBC)]
* In Bolivia, opposition leader Evo Morales calls off blockades against the government of Carlos Mesa after it raises taxes of foreign energy companies. [ (Bloomberg)] [ (Reuters)] [ (BBC)]
* London police say they have foiled an attempt to steal £220 million from the London offices of the Sumitomo Mitsui Bank. [ (BBC)] [ (Reuters UK)]
* The only remaining statue in Madrid of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco is removed on government orders. [ (BBC)]
* In Italy, the staff of Milan's La Scala opera vote for the resignation of the famous conductor Riccardo Muti. [ (Reuters)] [ (BBC)] .
* In Russia, Anatoly Chubais, head of Russia's state power monopoly Unified Energy System, survives an apparent ambush [ (Interfax)] [ (RIA Novosti)] [ (Reuters)]
* King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, intends to personally direct artificial rain making project to end drought in the country. He intends to use his own cloud seeding technique [ (BBC)]
* In Zimbabwe, president Robert Mugabe states in his election campaign that the country is short of food. Local opposition group the National Constitutional Assembly says that ZANU-PF use food as a political tool [ (Reuters AlertNet)]
* Russian police arrests an Australian man who threatened to blow up a passenger plane [ (Moscow Times)] [,5744,12583078%255E23109,00.html (Australian)] [ (Reuters)]
* St Patrick's Day celebrations take place worldwide

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