Manning to go on trial today
WASHINGTON, 2 JUNE: Three years after his arrest in Iraq for allegedly causing America’s worst-ever national security breach, US army private Bradley Manning finally goes on trial tomorrow over his disclosures to WikiLeaks. Manning, who faces a possible 154-year jail sentence, has offered to plead guilty to several offenses but he denies the prosecutors’ most serious charge ~ that he knowingly aided the enemy, chiefly Al Qaida and Osama Bin Laden. pti
Quakes hit Taiwan, Philippines; 2 killed
TAIPEI, 2 JUNE: A strong earthquake jolted Taiwan today, killing two people and injuring at least 21 others and causing panicked shoppers to rush out of a shaking multi-story department store, officials said.
Another earthquake jolted the southern Philippines late yesterday, injuring at least 33 people and damaging more than 140 houses. The tremor that hit Taiwan this afternoon was felt all over the island, but most severely in the central and southern regions. The magnitude-6.3 quake’s epicenter was near Jenai township in Nantou County in central Taiwan, about 250 km south of Taipei, the Central Weather Bureau said. ap
US tornado toll reaches 12
HOUSTON, 2 JUNE: Less than two weeks after a monster twister ripped through the city of Moore, the toll from tornadoes that struck Oklahoma and neighbouring states this weekend has jumped to 12, authorities said today. Twelve people were killed and 104 were injured in Friday night’s tornadoes and the resultant flash floods. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office announced nine fatalities, while authorities in Missouri said three people died as a result of flooding there in the aftermath of the storms. pti