US forces to be deployed
The Pentagon said on Wednesday it planned to send a US Air Force detachment to the country to support fighter jets and transport planes, marking the first time that US soldiers have been stationed there. The detachment “will arrive this fall to support quarterly F-16 and C-130 deployments beginning in 2013 and will be the first US forces stationed on Polish soil,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement.
Sea Shepherd founder flees
Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson skipped bail and fled the country over fears Japan would seek his extradition if he was sent to Costa Rica, the organization suggested yesterday. The head of the marine conservation group left the country “for an unspecified destination,” his lawyer told a Frankfurt court on Wednesday, prompting an arrest warrant to be reissued. Earlier this year, Costa Rica filed an extradition request on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation between a Sea Shepherd ship and a Costa Rican vessel over alleged illegal shark finning in 2002. Watson was accused of “putting a ship’s crew in danger.” The 61-year-old was arrested at Frankfurt airport in May.
New Evita bill unveiled
The country’s iconic former first lady, Evita Peron, has been honored in song, in film and currently on Broadway. Now her face will grace the nation’s currency. President Cristina Fernandez revealed the new 100-peso (US$21.90) note on Wednesday night on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the death of Peron. She is the first woman to appear on any of the country’s banknotes.
Mass bird vaccination starts
The country started vaccinating about 10 million poultry yesterday against the highly contagious bird flu strain that has already led to the deaths of 5 million birds, which either fell ill or were slaughtered. “Starting tomorrow, we are going to vaccinate hens and chicks across the country to put an end to this bird flu epidemic,” President Felipe Calderon said. The president indicated that the ultimate goal is to have a batch of 80 million vaccinations.
Seven miners die in blast
Emergency personnel recovered the bodies of seven miners killed in a gas explosion on Wednesday at a coal mine in northern Mexico. The miners, aged 20 to 39, suffered severe burns and were crushed by falling rock, said Francisco Contreras Obregon, the head of the civil defense force in that part of Coahuila State. A total of seven men were trapped underground after what appears to have been a methane gas explosion.
‘Twilight’ star sorry for fling
Public displays of affection gave way to public displays of apology on Wednesday as Twilight star Kristen Stewart and the director of her latest movie candidly admitted they have had an illicit affair. Stewart, 22, the most bankable actress in Hollywood, was first to take the plunge, confessing via People magazine that she had cheated on longtime boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, 26. Then came Snow White director Rupert Sanders with his own statement, saying he was “utterly distraught about the pain I have caused” to his wife of seven years, model Liberty Ross, 33, and their two young children. Prompting both apologies was Us magazine, which revealed on Tuesday it would be running “exclusive photos” of Stewart and Sanders.