Wikinews Shorts: December 14, 2008

A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, December 14, 2008. Contents 1 23 pirates captured by Indian navy in Gulf of Aden 2 Gunman in Mumbai attacks confesses 3 Fire burns Alaska Governor Palin’s church 4 Rallies held across Australia to protest against Internet filtering 5 Cabinet member breaks ranks over Heathrow expansion The Indian…

Wikinews interviews Dr. Michael Mazilu on creating world’s fastest spinning manmade object

Friday, September 13, 2013 A study in Nature Communications last month reported the University of St Andrews near Edinburgh, Scotland was briefly home to the world’s fastest spinning manmade object. Physicists accelerated a microscopic sphere of atoms to 600 million revolutions per minute; it then, according to press coverage, disintegrated. Wikinews contacted the team to…

Armed gunmen attack cruise ship off Somali coast

Saturday, November 5, 2005 The Seabourn Spirit, a cruise ship sailing off the coast of Somalia, narrowly escaped an attack by gunmen believed to be pirates. The pirate attack occurred on Saturday, when two boats approached the ship and began firing automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades, injuring one crew member. The crew took evasive…

California teen becomes youngest to conquer Everest

Monday, May 24, 2010 Jordan Romero, a thirteen-year-old alpinist from Big Bear Lake, California, is the youngest person to have summited Mount Everest, according to reports circulated by the Associated Press quoting a spokesman based in the United States. The expedition included the boy’s father, stepmother, and three Sherpa guides. Romero ascended 8,850 metres (29,035…

Canadian annual seal hunt begins amid controversy

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, opened the Canadian seal hunt amid protests by animal rights groups, at a time when bans on seal product imports are becoming more prevalent internationally. Seal hunters along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence are allowed…