A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, April 5, 2007.
Prosecutors in the United Kingdom filed charges against Mohammed Shakil, 30, Waheed Ali, 23, and Sadeer Saleem, 26. Each were charged with conspiracy to cause explosions on transport or at tourist attractions, related to the July 7, 2005 London bombings. Authorities said they are still searching for additional suspects.
The July 7, 2005 London bombings killed 56 (including the four suicide bombers) and injured more than 700.
- “Three charged over 7/7 bombings” — BBC News Online, April 5, 2007
- “Three Charged In 7/7 London Attacks” — CBS News, April 5, 2007
A US UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed after coming under fire near Latifiya, Iraq. The US military confirmed that the helicopter was shot down. All nine aboard survived but four had been injured. Witnesses reported a hard landing and gunfire afterwards, but no explosion.The US has lost at least fifty military helicopters in Iraq, nine of those since the beginning of this year.
- “US helicopter ‘shot down’ in Iraq” — BBC News Online, April 5, 2007
- “U.S. Copter Downed In Iraq” — CBS News, April 5, 2007
Scientists who studied relics that were thought to have belonged to the saint Joan of Arc and were said to have been found at a pharmacy in Paris, France, have turned out to be forgeries. Tests show that the items are actually the remains of a mummy from Egypt.
The relics were originally authenticated by the Roman Catholic Church and are now in a museum in Chinon, France.
- Declan Butler. “Joan of Arc’s relics exposed as forgery” — Nature.com, April 5, 2007
- Mark Henderson. “Relics aren’t Maid of Orléans but a mummy made in Egypt” — Times Online, April 5, 2007