Bafana Victory Day, 11 June 2010
We’re launching something special over the weekend. No, it’s not specific to the World Cup, but it sure will make your life a lot easier as you try to follow all the news around the World Cup. In the interests of suspense we can’t tell you any more right now, but if you use Twitter we highly recommend following @maverickmonitor.
Abby Sunderland, the American teenager who was trying to sail solo around the world manually activated a pair of distress beacons, triggering a search-and-rescue operation. With the nearest ship about one day away, Australia dispatched an Airbus on a four-hour flight to try and spot her yacht and make radio contact.
A state of emergency was declared in Osh, the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, after an outbreak of violence thought to have been sparked by a personal argument. Several people were killed and scores injured. Witnesses reported seeing several shops on fire and hearing gunfire near the city centre.
A court in Taiwan rejected the appeal by former President Chen Shui-bian against his conviction for theft and corruption, but reduced his life sentence to 20 years behind bars. He still has further avenues of appeal.
The US Army admitted that remains of at least 211 soldiers in the Arlington National Cemetery had been buried in the wrong graves, or misidentified, apparently because of sloppy administration.
Washington Post, LA Times
A public relations company in New Zealand apologised for strewing fake bloodied human limbs around the streets of Auckland, but said it would still do the same thing again today. The stunt is a promo for the upcoming movie The Wolfman.