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Friday, April 13, 2007

Written by May Warren

Five Still Missing in Oil Rig Disaster

Divers are still searching for five Norwegians who are missing after the oil rig they were working on sank off the coast of Northern Scotland. Seven of their colleagues have been rescued and taken for treatment at nearby hospitals while three bodies have already been recovered. The missing crew members are feared to be trapped under the hull of the ship, which capsized last Thursday.

Earthquake Hits Mexico City

A strong earthquake hit Mexico City early Friday morning, sending residents out into the streets in their pyjamas. The quake, which rated a 6 on the Richter scale hit 65 kilometers northwest of Acapulco, at 12:45 am local time. Although there have been no reports of deaths or serious injuries, it did cause minor damage and knocked out power to some parts of Mexico City.

British Soldiers Dies in Afghanistan

British authorities have confirmed that a British solider was killed during a skirmish with Taliban fighters in the Helmand province near the town of Now Zad, on Friday. Two other soldiers were injured but are believed to be in stable condition. The name of the soldier has not yet been released in an attempt to give the family some time to grieve privately.

Thousands Protest in Support of Pakistani Judge

Thousands took to the streets in Pakistan, Friday as a show of solidarity for Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed. Mohammed was removed by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for alleged misconduct although critics are claiming that this is an attempt to silence the courts. Protestors burned an effigy of the President and shouted "Go Musharraf Go" and "Stop attacking the judiciary."

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