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Former U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue Mark Everson took some time to talk with Wikinews about his campaign for t...

A LET 410, similar to the crashed aircraft, pictured from file in 2000. (Image: John Wheatley.)Planes carrying parachutists collide, crash in Slovakia
Two planes carrying parachutists collided this morning in western Slovakia, near the Czech Republic. Of around 40 on board, seven are confirmed dead. The crash site near Červený Kameň is hard to access; rescuers are using helicopters. Investigators believe some passengers survived by jumping from one of the aircraft, which are believed to be twin-engined LET ...

 ()Explosion in central Bangkok: Thailand to hunt those...
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File photo of suspected plane debris washed ashore Kaafu Atoll on May 31. (Image: Mohamed Wafir (via Facebook).)Two pieces of suspected plane debris from Maldives t...
The debris was reportedly found while authorities were searching Maldives islands for other possible debris. Pieces of debris that resemble a honeycomb material were found on a beach owned by the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru resort, located in the Maldives island chain Kaafu Atoll. Those pieces are reported to have washed ashore onto the resort island around May 31....

The posted photo of a police vehicle parked in handicapped bay in Petrer, Spain; license number removed. (Image: Facebook.)Woman fined in Spain under new 'Gag Law'
A woman in Spain has been fined €800 after posting a photograph to her Facebook account of a police vehicle parked in space reserved for disabled/handicapped drivers. She was located and fined within two days of posting the photograph. The incident has now gained international attention. The woman, who has not been named, saw the police vehicle parked in a re...

"Birther King" Andy Martin. (Image: Andy Martin.)'Birther King' announces 2016 campaign for U.S. pres...
Via press release on Friday, Andy Martin, a perennial candidate for political office and self-proclaimed "Birther King", announced he is seeking the U.S. Republican Party's 2016 presidential nomination, his fourth bid for the White House. In his announcement and subsequent release, Martin expresses a desire to participate in Republican presidential debates and...

Kezia Dugdale MSP, new leader of Scottish Labour. (Image: Scottish Labour.)Scottish Labour elect Kezia Dugdale new leader
Kezia Dugdale MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) has been elected as the new leader for Scottish Labour, it was announced today in Stirling. Dugdale replaces former MP Jim Murphy who resigned in June following Labour losing 40 of its 41 Scottish seats in the UK general elections. Dugdale received 72.1% of the vote, beating out Ken Macintosh who got 27.9% of t...

File photo of suspected plane debris washed ashore Kaafu Atoll on May 31. (Image: Mohamed Wafir (via Facebook).)Malaysia: 'Most' debris found on Maldives islands no...
On Tuesday, the team of Malaysian investigators arrived in Maldives to take charge of the debris, which washed ashore on Vabbinfaru on May 31 and had been disposed of as trash. On Wednesday, the Malaysian government said they believed the debris could have been from MH370. "We [Malaysia] have an understanding with the authorities there [Maldives] [...] we thin...

File photo of suspected plane debris that washed ashore the Maldive Kaafu Atoll on May 31. (Image: Mohamed Wafir (via Facebook).)More suspected plane debris washes ashore on Maldive...
Debris believed to be part of an aircraft has washed ashore on an uninhabited island in the Maldives. The fragment, suspected to be from a wing, was found on Mendhoo island, within the Laamu Atoll. The finding comes after several pieces of suspected plane debris washed ashore on the resort island Vabbinfaru, within the Kaafu Atoll, some of which could be from ...

Location of Houston withing Harris County, Texas. (Image: 25or6to4.)Eight people found slain inside Houston-area home
Saturday night, police in Houston, Texas, United States, discovered eight people killed in a home. Six of the victims were children. Around 21:00 local time, Harris County Sheriff's Office (HSCO) deputies arrived at the home on a welfare check. After repeatedly trying to get someone to come to the door, officers forced their way into the house. Here, police s...

The location of Tianjin within China. (Image: ASDFGH.)Huge explosions in Tianjin, China
The Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that there have been two massive explosions within seconds of each other, at about 11:30 local time, in a warehouse in the port of Dongjiang in Tianjin, a city of 15 million, near Beijing, in north-east China. At least thirteen people have been killed and between 250 and 400 people injured. Two firefighters are also belie...

Photo of suspected plane debris that washed ashore the Maldive Kaafu Atoll on May 31. (Image: Mohamed Wafir (via Facebook).)Malaysia says debris found in Maldives could be from...
Malaysian officials stated Wednesday, some of the debris found in the Maldives will be brought back to Malaysia to determine if they are from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) as they now believe. A team arrived Tuesday in Maldives to take charge of the debris, which had previously been disposed of as trash. "We [Malaysia] have an understanding with the au...

Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea (Image: Nicor.)Report: Vice-premier of North Korea executed
A report published Wednesday by the Yonhap News Agency claims vice premier Choe Yong-gon of North Korea was executed in May. The report, which cites an unnamed source, has not been confirmed by Wikinews or other agencies. The government of North Korea rarely makes statements about its internal affairs. According to the report, the 63-year-old Choe had disagre...

The store front of the IKEA in Västerås, Sweden, where the attack occurred (Image: Senil Anka.)Two slain in knife attack at Swedish IKEA furniture ...
Two people were killed yesterday afternoon and another seriously injured in Västerås, Sweden. The injured man is considered a suspect in the knife attack and was arrested in hospital. Another man was arrested at the scene, which was an IKEA furniture retailer. According to police, the two fatalities do not have any obvious connection to the suspects, but did k...

 ()Malaysia to investigate suspected plane debris washe...
After published reports stated suspected plane debris washed up on several Maldives islands, Malaysia has stated it will send a team of investigators to examine it. Investigators are to try to determine if the debris came from a plane before taking any further action. "I urge all parties to allow for the verification process to take its due course. Once it is...

Location of Kaafu Atoll within the Maldives. (Image: TUBS.)Suspected plane debris washes ashore on several Mald...
Authorities are investigating what's left of debris believed to belong to a plane, that washed ashore several small islands in the Maldives. The investigation began as a result of photos of the debris being uploaded to the social networking website Facebook. Some of the debris is reported to have washed ashore as early as May 31 and was found on a beach owned ...

File photo of Mark Everson (Image: U.S. Government.)U.S. presidential candidate Mark Everson challenges ...
U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate Mark Everson, former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), filed a complaint on Monday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to challenge his exclusion from Thursday's first Fox News Republican Party presidential debate. Everson argues his exclusion violates Title 11 of the U.S. Code of Federal Re...

Istituto Gonzaga, a catholic school in Milan. (Image: Friedrichstrasse.)Local municipalities in Italy ask taxes from religio...
The request of the municipalities results from the sentence of the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation on July 8, recognising as legitimate the request of the Municipality of Livorno asking religious schools to pay property taxes. Requests have come from the Municipality of Bogliasco, next to Genova, and from the deputies of Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) of the reg...

Portrait of former Indian president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, also known as the Missile Man of India; 2008. (Image: M. Prasanna Kumar.)Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam dies at age 83
Yesterday, former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam died at the age of 83 after collapsing at about 6:30 p.m. local time (0000 today UTC) while delivering a speech about Livable Planet Earth at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, in Meghalaya, India. Abdul Kalam was taken to Bethany Hospital's intensive care unit and was declared dead about an hour and...

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