August 12, 2009 |
Rescuers in a helicopter saw no immediate signs of life today amid the wreckage of a chartered plane that crashed while carrying 13 people to a tourist region of Papua New Guinea, the airline said. Papua New Guinea Civil Aviation Authority head Joseph Kintau said the plane was located in "extremely difficult" terrain in a heavily forested mountainous region a day after it disappeared, and it was unclear whether there were survivors. A radio signal had been received and search and rescue officials were attempting to reach the site, Kintau said.
July 27, 2009 |
If there has been one consistent surprise at the box office this year, it's kids' flicks. Pre-release audience polling, called tracking, has a tough time divining the interests of the youngest moviegoers. As a result, studio executives usually rely on the interests of parents as proxies. But that system is far from exact, and this year it has resulted in a number of family films that beat expectations, including "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Hotel for Dogs" and "Hannah Montana."
June 14, 2009 |
Guinea's new military leaders have accused the former heads of the army and navy of drug trafficking, the latest charges the junta has made against officers in senior positions under the former regime. State television showed officers, including former army chief Gen. Diarra Camara and former navy head Adm. Aly Daffe, being bundled into vehicles by armed soldiers. "These officers are accused of having taken part in the drugs trade. It is now up to the courts to decide their fate," said Capt.
March 4, 2009 |
The head of Guinea-Bissau's parliament took the oath of office as president Tuesday, a day after the man who had ruled the coup-prone West African nation for two decades was gunned down inside his villa. A hush fell over the parliament chamber as delegates stood, solemnly observing a moment of silence for President Joao Bernardo Vieira and his long-standing rival, Gen. Batiste Tagme na Waie, the head of the armed forces. The two were assassinated in back-to-back attacks beginning Sunday night.
March 3, 2009 |
Military leaders in Guinea-Bissau pledged to restore order and democracy in the tiny West African nation Monday after the assassination of President Joao Bernardo Vieira by soldiers, just hours after the army chief was killed in a bombing. Vieira and the head of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Batiste Tagme na Waie, were fierce rivals, and there was speculation that the president was killed to avenge Waie's death.
January 24, 2009 |
Scientists have found further evidence that prehistoric humans populated Australia and New Guinea roughly 25,000 years before they migrated to the neighboring islands of Melanesia. Call it a gut feeling. The new evidence comes from the DNA of Helicobacter pylori, a parasite that makes its home in the human gastrointestinal tract. People who live in developing countries without access to modern medicines are most likely to harbor the bacterium, which can cause ulcers and stomach cancer.
January 8, 2009 |
Alarmed by the rise in Latin American drug traffic in West Africa, nations including Colombia, Brazil and the United States are establishing or increasing their police presence in that unstable region. Racked by internal strife that has left them poor, crime-ridden and institutionally weak, several West African nations in recent years have become key transit hubs for Colombian, Peruvian and Bolivian cocaine headed to Europe. In an interview last week, Colombian National Police commander Gen.