Great news this morning:
U.S. marines recovered about 50 people from under the rubble at the school in Guinsaugon village. The US marines and Taiwanese teams are using life-detecting sonar equipment in the search.
The search for survivors from the landslide that swamped the farming village of Guinsaugon – killing up to 1,350 people – had focused on the school because of unconfirmed reports that some of the 250 to 300 children and teachers may have sent cell phone text messages to relatives soon after the disaster Friday.
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“We know there’s something down there,” U.S. marine Lt. Richard Neikirk said as he pointed to a spot under a big boulder, where seismic sensors detected sounds.
“The farther down we went, the signals grew stronger.”
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There was no visible sign of the school. Rescue workers were digging at two places – one that was believed to be the original site of the school, close to the mountain that collapsed Friday, the other 200 metres down the hill, where the landslide could have carried it.
Last week the US had sent the USS Essex and the USS Harper’s Ferry to assist in rescue and relief efforts after the mudslides in the Philippines.
As Phil said,
If this story doesn’t illustrate the U.S. military’s dedication to humanitarian efforts wherever they are needed in the world, I don’t know what does.
a story from that arm of the vast-right-wing-conspiracy, UPI: Iraq forces are making major progress that should provide a new degree of legitimacy and popularity to the Iraqi government and allow the Coalition to reduce its forces
Cartoon Protests Leave 15 Dead in Nigeria,
reads the AP headline. What’s missing is the word Christians (emphasis mine):
Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.
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Thousands of rioters burned 15 churches in Maiduguri in a three-hour rampage before troops and police reinforcements restored order, Nigerian police spokesman Haz Iwendi said. Iwendi said security forces arrested dozens of people in the city about 1,000 miles northeast of the capital, Lagos.
There were more than 15 dead: The Reuters story says Death toll in northern Nigeria riots rises to 28, with 207 wounded. The attacks coincide with terrorist attacks on an oil pipeline in Southern Nigeria.
Meanwhile, (via TigerHawk, Agence France Press says Muslims ransack two churches in Pakistan over desecration of Koran. The headline forgot to mention the churches were burned, not simply “ransacked”.
Maria sent this article, ‘The day is coming when British Muslims form a state within a state’