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Top News Stories 2008-05-05 06:56:11

Front Page: Cyclone Kills 4,000, Mideast Peace This Year, Yahoo Stock Tumbles

  • Cyclone Kills 4,000: The death toll from the weekend cyclone in Myanmar has reached nearly 4,000 people this morning. Thousands of others are still unaccounted for, and at least one entire village has been obliterated. The reports have grown from 350 yesterday to the many thousands, and if accurate, this death toll would be the biggest from a natural disaster in Asia since the tsunami of December 2004. Focus now shifts to survival, and food and water are scarce. One resident says, "fuel is becoming scarce. People are likely to die of starvation. If international help doesn’t come within a week, it will be impossible to survive. There will be nothing left to eat." Witnesses have claimed the government has been slow to address the devastation.
  • Mideast Peace This Year: According to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the US still believes a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians is possible by the end of this year. However, she still describes Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank as "problematic," and after speaking with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, she said the US regarded the issue of the settlements as "particularly problematic to the atmosphere of trust that is needed" for peace. In other news, the UN is to again suspend distribution of food aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip because of fuel shortages. The announcement came several hours after Israel closed two major crossing points into the territory after they came under mortar fire. President Bush is seeking a peace deal in the area before the end of his term in January.
  • Yahoo Stock Tumbles: Yahoo's share price fell 22 percent in trading on Monday following Microsoft withdrawing its $47.5 billion takeover offer for the Internet search and media company. Yahoo rejected Microsoft's $33-per-share bid as too low and asked for $37 per share instead.
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Mintie Mintie 8 years
And, I'm sorry, I realized my first post was kind of bitchy... I didn't mean it that way... I just find it sad that with our so called "free press", most Americans have no clue about what's going on in Burma. I guess it takes celebrities and threat of cancelling a sporting event to get Americans to read about the plight of another country.
Mintie Mintie 8 years
I don't know in depth details, but I will tell you what I do know... The country was called Burma until the Junta took over in 1990. The takeover was after the general election when Aung San Su Kyi won a landslide election. The Junta refused to step down and subsequently imprisoned her Aung San Su Kyi and refused to recognize Burma as a democracy (which, clearly is what the people want). Those Burmese who oppose the Junta prefer to call their country Burma and do not recognize the name of Myanmar. The plight of the country of Burma and Aung San Su Kyi is an issue that breaks my heart and a campaign that I try to be more active in. You can visit http://uscampaignforburma.org/ to find out more info. Thanks for asking Citizen...
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
No, I see your point, though the New York Times in the original story is calling it Myanmar--do you know the intricacies of the naming convention? I'd love to know more about it.
Mintie Mintie 8 years
The US and UN do not recognize the name Myanmar. Please call it Burma. You wouldn't call Tibet China, would you?
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
It's also "problematic" Condi, when you flagrantly side with one party over the other for seven years and then decide you want to be the arbiter of peace.
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