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World Newsbits September 14, 2013


Oslo, (AFP) — State-backed Norwegian oil giant Statoil said Thursday that security at the site of a deadly kidnapping in the Algerian desert earlier this year had relied too heavily on army protection. ‘’Neither Statoil nor the joint venture could have prevented the attack, but there is reason to question the extent of their reliance on Algerian military protection,’’ concluded experts who investigated the tragedy at the In Amenas natural gas facility at the request of Statoil. Islamist militants attacked the site, located in a military zone close to a gendarmerie camp and the Libyan border, on January 16 taking its employees hostage for several days. An Algerian army raid to free the hostages left up to 40 of them dead, including five Norwegians.


San Juan, Puerto Rico (AP) — Guinness World Records has announced that the world’s smallest dog; at least when it comes to height, lives in Puerto Rico.

The brown Chihuahua named Miracle Milly is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall when measured from backbone to paw. She is nearly 2 years old and known for repeatedly sticking out her tiny tongue. Milly dethroned Boo Boo, a long-haired Chihuahua from Kentucky that stands 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) tall.

Guinness also has a second category for world’s smallest dog when measured by length. That title is held by Heaven Sent Brandy, a Chihuahua in Largo, Florida, that measures 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) long.


Lakeland, Florida (AP) — A pastor who said he intended to burn 2,998 Muslim holy books has posted bail after being arrested.

Terry Jones and Marvin Sapp; an associate pastor in Jones’ church, were arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel. Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor. The sheriff’s office reports that Jones and Sapp drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with kerosene-soaked Qurans to a park, where they had intended to burn them; one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Sanaa, (AFP) — The United Nations on Thursday urged the international community, especially Gulf states, to increase aid to impoverished Yemen, saying that more than 10 million people in the country go hungry. A Sanaa news conference by UN humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos and World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin heard that ‘’the humanitarian situation in Yemen remains critical’’, despite ‘’positive’’ political developments. ‘’People need food, water, education and healthcare. But they also want to know that there is investment to secure their future. We urgently need more funding to help those in need,’’ Amos said. The UN estimates that more than 10 million people; nearly half of the population, goes hungry or are short of food ‘’with very high rates of food insecurity’’.


Cambridge, Massachusetts (AP) — Actual Nobel laureates will be at Harvard University to celebrate the 2013 winners of the Ig Nobel awards, given out every year to honor weird and humorous scientific discoveries. This will be the 23rd year for the prizes, sponsored by the Annals of Improbable Research. The point is to make people laugh and then think. The winners come from all over the world. The awards ceremonies are usually silly, and this year’s, on Thursday night, will be no different.