Wikinews Shorts: August 8, 2009

A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, August 8, 2009. Contents 1 Leader of Pakistan Taliban may have been killed in drone attack 2 Hillary Clinton arrives in South Africa 3 Anniversary of Georgian War marked by mutual accusations 4 Police in the United Kingdom ordered to review policing of demonstrations 5 Son of missing Japanese actress Noriko Sakai found safe 6 Seven coalition...
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Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

Sunday, August 21, 2005 A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample. If this surgical...
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New book Blown for Good reveals details inside Scientology headquarters

Thursday, November 5, 2009 A new book released today by author Marc Headley, Blown for Good, reveals details inside Scientology headquarters at the organization's "Gold Base", located near Hemet, California. Headley joined the organization at age seven when his mother became a member, and worked at Scientology's International Management Headquarters for several years before leaving in...
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Plane crashes into office block in Austin, Texas/suicide note

This is the online suicide letter authored by Andrew Stack, the man believed to be responsible for flying a light aircraft into a building in Austin, Texas. It was originally posted at Stack's site, The hosting company, T35, took the site offline per an FBI request. The note is reproduced here in its entirety. If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to...
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U.K. National Portrait Gallery threatens U.S. citizen with legal action over Wikimedia images

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. The English National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London has threatened on Friday to sue a U.S. citizen, Derrick Coetzee. The legal letter followed claims that he had breached the Gallery's copyright in several thousand photographs...
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U.S. President Obama’s farewell address focuses on accomplishment

Thursday, January 12, 2017 United States President Barack Obama gave his official farewell address on Tuesday night from McCormick Place in Chicago, reflecting on personal and national accomplishments. This is expected to be his last major speech before officially handing the reins to president-elect Donald Trump on January 20. "Its why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and...
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Surgeons reattach boy’s three severed limbs

Tuesday, March 29, 2005A team of Australian surgeons yesterday reattached both hands and one foot to 10-year-old Perth boy, Terry Vo, after a brick wall which collapsed during a game of basketball fell on him, severing the limbs. The wall gave way while Terry performed a slam-dunk, during a game at a friend's birthday party. The boy was today awake and smiling, still in some pain but in good...
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NZ Government passes bill to legalise controversial electioneering overspending

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 A new law to govern how New Zealand political parties spend money in the run up to an election has just been passed in Parliament. The Appropriation Bill was passed by 61 votes to 50 after hours of debate. Parliament's been under urgency to allow Member of Parliaments (MPs) to discuss the new legislation, which now validates the $1.2 million of unlawful spending...
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Media round-up: April Fools’ Day 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 Many media outlets traditionally deliberately spread hoaxes on April Fools' Day, including notable quality sources such as National Geographic and Science. The popular British tabloid The Sun wrote that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to undergo stretch surgery to make him taller than his wife, Italian artist and model Carla Bruni. The report claimed the 5 foot 5 inch...
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Ariel Sharon’s brain shows activity

Saturday, January 14, 2006 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in a coma after 10 days. Medical experts on the outside say that Sharon's failure to regain consciousness does not look well for his recovery. On Wednesday, doctors began reducing the level of sedatives with the intent of drawing Sharon out of an induced coma. Hospital officials say that Sharon remains "lightly sedated", but...
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