AROUND THE WORLD: MAY 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 31st May 2009

ENGLAND: Firefighters are continuing to contain a huge fire at a tyre factory in Nottinghamshire to stop it spreading to a nearby forest. It is estimated that between
400,000 and 800,000 tyres were alight at Warsop Rubber Company at the height of the blaze as more than 20 firefighters fought the flames. The village of Warsop
remains closed to traffic after crews laid a huge pipe across roads and driveways to draw water from the nearby River Maun.

SOUTH AFRICA: South African rescue teams have managed to return to the water 20 pilot whales which beached near Cape Town but others have had to be put
down. Bulldozers were used to try to push the 55 adults and calves back into the water as high winds and waves hampered the rescue operation.

BAGLADESH: Doctors in Bangladesh say they fear an acute outbreak of diarrhoea after Cyclone Aila hit the country and the Indian state of West Bengal on Monday.
They say that many in the storm-hit areas now face acute clean water shortages as floodwater becomes stagnant and polluted.

SWINE FLU:
WHO: As of 06:00 GMT, 29 May 2009, 53 countries have officially reported 15,510 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 99 deaths.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 30th May 2009

BRAZIL: Four people have been killed and an unknown number are missing after heavy rainfall caused a dam to burst in Piaui state, in north-east Brazil. State
governor Wellington Dias has described the flooding around two towns which reached up to the level of three-storey buildings as a "tsunami".

HONDURAS: A powerful earthquake has struck off the coast of Honduras, killing five people and causing widespread damage. The earthquake hit 64km (39 miles)
north-east of Roatan, one of Honduras's Bahia islands in the Caribbean Sea, in the early hours of Thursday.

ITALY: About 500 passengers on board an Italian car ferry were evacuated in lifeboats after a fire broke out in the vessel's hold, officials have said. The Vincenzo
Florio, travelling from the southern city of Naples to Palermo, was about 40km (25 miles) from the Sicilian port when the blaze started.

BANGLADESH: More than 200 people have now been killed by Cyclone Aila which hit Bangladesh and the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, relief officials say.
They say that at least 500,000 people have been made homeless by the storm.

SOUTH AFRICA: A grandmother of one of the pupils has also died. Provincial health officials have been treating pupils at the school, near KwaDukuza, since
Monday and have been assessing schoolmates who have had close contact with the pupils. Two pupils are being treated at the local hospital after they were admitted
in a serious condition with meningitis-type symptoms: high fever, nose bleeds, headaches and vomiting.

FINLAND: Efforts continued on Friday evening to bring a forest fire under control at Ilomantsi, close the the eastern border. Around 40 firefighters were battling
flames in a tract of forest 500 x 400 metres to prevent its spread. Efforts were hampered by the lack of roads in the area which is close by the border with Russia. A
Frontier Guard helicopter discovered the fire Friday afternoon.

SWINE FLU:
AUSTRALIA: A cruise ship carrying 2,000 people docks in Brisbane after three crew members test positive for swine flu.

WHO: As of 06:00 GMT, 29 May 2009, 53 countries have officially reported 15,510 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 99 deaths.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 29th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 28th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 27th May 2009

SWEDEN: Cracks found in newly replaced control rods at Sweden's Oskarshamns nuclear facility has forced the reactor's second shutdown since December,
officials say. The Oskarshamns-Tidningen newspaper reported Tuesday the cracks were found less than six months after the plant's old control rods were replaced
because of similar cracking, the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra said. Swedish authorities are now reportedly uncertain if it is safe to restart the
reactor before the problem is permanently solved.

USA: Kentucky - Two vapor leaks were found Tuesday in separate igloos where thousands of Cold War-era chemical weapons are stored in Kentucky, but Army
officials said that they posed little danger outside the facility. The leaked materials were mustard gas and sarin, a highly toxic nerve agent. Blue Grass Chemical
Activity spokesman Richard Sloan said they were the first two leaks discovered this year at the Army Depot in Richmond. Two leaks being found hours apart is a
rare coincidence, if not unprecedented, he said.

EGYPT: Two four-year-old Egyptian children have contracted the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus, raising to 76 the number of cases reported in Egypt. Egypt
has been hit harder by bird flu than any other country outside Asia and has seen a surge of cases in recent weeks. The children, a boy and girl, were from different
areas of Sharkiya province in the Nile Delta region. Both fell ill after coming into contact with birds with the virus. The avian flu virus rarely infects people, but
experts say they fear it could mutate into a form that humans could easily pass to one another, sparking another pandemic.

TAJIKISTAN: Heavy rains and flooding have displaced 10,000 people and killed 28 in Tajikistan over the past month, the United Nations Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs said Tuesday. A month of non-stop rain damaged over 2,000 buildings, drowned 3,000 livestock and wiped out 40,000 hectares (98,840
acres) of crops.

PAPUA NEW GUNIEA: Up to 19 people were buried alive when heavy rains triggered a landslide in remote Papua New Guinea, a report said Tuesday. Women and
children were believed to be among those buried in the collapse, which hit Zongefifi village in Morobe province, on PNG's northwestern coast, in the early hours of
Sunday morning.

ZIMBABWE: The number of cholera cases in Zimbabwe is expected to reach 100,000 this week, according to the Red Cross. While the infection rate has slowed, the
underlying causes of Africa's worst cholera epidemic in 15 years have not been fixed, warned the aid group. So far, 98,309 cases have been reported, with some
4,283 deaths, said the Red Cross in a report.

BANGLADESH: More than 200 people have now been killed by Cyclone Aila which hit Bangladesh and the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, relief officials say.
They say that at least 500,000 people have been made homeless by the storm.

CANADA: Canadian National Railway pleaded guilty on Monday to polluting Canada's wilderness in two train derailments, one of them resulting in the largest inland
oil spill in Canada's history. To resolve the charges, the company agreed to pay 1.8 million Canadian dollars (1.6 million US) in fines, CN said.

SWINE FLU:
WHO:As of 06:00 GMT, 27 May 2009, 48 countries have officially reported 13,398 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 95 deaths. [100th death will
probably spark new media interest]

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 26th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 25th May 2009

USA: Utah - People planning to soak up Utah's rich recreation this weekend are finding out Mother Nature has other plans. Dozens of people have been stranded in
flash flooding in Southeastern Utah. About 70 people in about 30 cars got stuck in the Green river area in Southeastern Utah's gray's canyon, between Wellington and
Moab. They had been trapped since Friday when a flash flood closed off the only way out.

SPAIN: Sunday was a painful day for many bathers on El Postiguet Beach in Alicante, where EFE reports a total of 33 swimmers were treated for jellyfish stings.
Alicante City Hall decided to raise the warning yellow flag late on Sunday afternoon, when Red Cross personnel advised them that 10 people had been stung in the
preceding hour, after treating an initial 25 people throughout the day.

BANGLADESH: has evacuated tens of thousands of people to emergency shelters on the southwestern coast as a cyclone was due to hit the country and
neighbouring India. Cyclone Aila was expected to intensify in the Bay of Bengal before making landfall between Bangladesh's Khulna district and India's West Bengal
state later today. Government weather forecaster Farah Diba told AFP the storm was expected to bring wind speeds of 90km an hour and could cause water surges
of up to 2.5m. In Khulna, which borders India, 30,000 people had been moved to shelters, according to the district chief Ziaul Alam.

INDIA: A cyclone hit the eastern Indian state of West Bengal on Monday, flooding villages and forcing thousands of people from their homes, officials said.
Authorities began evacuating thousands from two coastal southern districts and warned people living in state capital Kolkata to stay indoors, as cyclone Aila advanced
towards the biggest city in the region, packing winds up to 100 kph (60 mph). It was about 130 km (80 miles) south of Sagar Island, the world's biggest riverine
delta, and was expected to hit Kolkata by late afternoon, authorities said.

MALAYSIA: About 50 homes in five villages near here were damaged by thunderstorms which hit Serom and Bukit Gambir. The damage included uprooted trees and
destroyed power and telephone lines in Kampung Serom Lima, Serom Enam, Serom Lapan, Parit Pulai, and Melayu Raya near Sagil.

AFGHANISTAN: A mudslide has killed five children in northern Afghanistan, where weeks of heavy rain has killed about 150 people and destroyed hundreds of
houses, officials said. The children, aged between seven and 10, died in the northern province of Balkh late on Friday when they were buried by earth and stones as
they were playing and watching animals graze, deputy provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez said.

SWINE FLU:
WHO: As of 06:00 GMT, 25 May 2009, 46 countries have officially reported 12 515 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 91 deaths. 50% of these cases
are in USA with 10% of the deaths there also.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 24th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 23rd May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 22nd May 2009

EGYPT: 5 New Avain Flu cases brings number of confirmed infections to 74 with 27 fatalities to date.

HAITI: Several days of heavy rain has swamped Haiti and left 11 people dead across the poverty-seeped Caribbean nation.

CHINA: Thirteen people were killed and four were badly injured Thursday when a fire engulfed a factory in south China, authorities said, in the latest deadly
workplace accident to hit the nation. A further 28 people were saved from the blaze in Shantou city in Guangdong province, the provincial fire department said in a
statement on its website.

SWINE FLU:
WHO: As of 06:00 GMT, 22 May 2009, 42 countries have officially reported 11 168 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 86 deaths.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 21st May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 20th May 2009

CHILE: Chilean scientists are trying to make sense of a series of as-yet-unexplained ecological disasters. Animals have been dying in huge numbers. The strange
occurrences started in March this year when remains of large numbers of penguins were found washed up on a beach in southern Chile. Over 1200 carcasses are
believed to have been deposited on the beach. This was followed soon after by millions of sardines, found dead on a nearby stretch of coast. The unbearable smell
forced school closures and the armed forced had to step in to clear the remains. Up north on a salt lake near the Atacama Desert, flocks of endangered Andean
flamingoes inexplicably abandoned their nests. Over the next three months, the neglected eggs failed to hatch. 2000 chicks died. Taken together, these events seem to
point to a larger pattern of ecological disruption. Theories thrown up include overfishing, global warming, bacterial infection as well as habitat alteration. As a result
of these large scale deaths, there is a growing sense that Chile has to do more to preserve its biological diversity.

CHINA: Firefighters on Wednesday were still trying to contain a huge fire engulfing a gas well in Sichuan Province that ignited Tuesday evening. A gas outburst at a
well belonging to the Xinchang Gas Field in Deyang City at 7 p.m. Tuesday, triggered a fire up to 10 meters high as of Wednesday noon. Residents around the area
have been evacuated and firefighters have cordoned off the site, which is circled by brick walls. The newly-built well was not yet operational.

CHINA: More than 2,200 fire-fighters have succeeded in putting out a forest fire in northeast China, less than a day after it was reported. The team of professional
fire-fighters, armed police (Bet the guns came in really useful!) and civilians were mobilized to extinguish the blaze at Hongxing Forest Farm, Yichun City,
Heilongjiang Province, after the alarm was raised at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday. Yichun fire-fighting headquarters is still assessing the area of forest destroyed by the fire.
About 400 kilometers southeast of Yichun, 200 firefighters put out another fire in Helinwan Forest Farm, in Suiyang City, on Tuesday after it burned across 14
hectares.

ENGLAND: A laboratory has found the Bluetongue virus in a cow in eastern England, the agriculture ministry said on Saturday, the first case in Britain and a fresh
setback for the country's farming industry. Britain's livestock farmers have already been hit by the discovery of the more serious foot and mouth disease at several
sites in the past two months.

AUSTRALIA: Queensland - Heavy overnight rain in south-east Queensland has caused flooding in coastal streams and low-lying areas from the Sunshine Coast to the
New South Wales border. Falls of more than 200 millimetres have been recorded in parts of the south-east over the last 24 hours and the rain is set to continue. It
will be accompanied by high winds which have already caused power outages in the region.

INDONESIA: At least 98 people are killed as a military transport plane carrying troops and their families crashes on an Indonesian village.  

SWINE FLU:
WHO: As of 06:00 GMT, 20 May 2009, 41 countries have officially reported 10 243 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 80 deaths.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 19th May 2009

PHILLIPINES: At least 10 people were killed while 20 others were missing in a landslide at a gold rush site in the southern Philippines Monday, police said. The
victims were mostly gold panners working near the town of Pantukan in Compostela Valley, where authorities have over the years struggled to stop illegal mining
operations, police said.

ARGENTINA: Health authorities admitted that the number of cases of dengue fever in Buenos Aires rose to 302 out of a total 23,470 in the country. Most people with
dengue in Buenos Aires got sick after travelling to the north, the part of Argentina hardest hit by the disease, which in the past few months had its worst outbreak in
the nation’s history.

EGYPT: A four-year-old Egyptian girl has died of the H5N1 bird flu virus yesterday, bringing the number of such deaths to 27 in the populous country, said the
Health Ministry. Nada Ahmed Reda from the Nile Delta province of Daqahlia, north of Cairo, died after contracting the disease, Health Ministry spokesman Abdel-
Rahman Shahine said in a statement. The girl started showing symptoms on May 9 but was only taken to hospital on Sunday, Shahine said. She tested positive for the
disease yesterday and died the same day, bringing the number of human cases of the deadly avian influenza in Egypt to 72, and death cases to 27.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi authorities evacuated five western villages on Monday after tremors hit a volcanic region in the past weeks raising concerns of possible
eruptions. A 4.68 earthquake hit the region on Sunday near Al-Ais, 150 km (100 miles) northeast of the Yanbu on the Red Sea.

WALES: Health chiefs in Wales are dealing with a "massive" measles outbreak, with numbers already four times the highest figure recorded over the past 13 years.

SWINE FLU:

WHO chief Margaret Chan warned Monday that the world might be facing the calm before a swine flu storm as she faced pressure from Britain, Japan and other
nations not to rush into declaring a pandemic. Nearly 10,000 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in 40 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
The WHO said 79 people are known to have died from the new virus.

Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 18th May 2009

POLAND: A total of 13 people, including 12 children, have been hospitalized and 180 others evacuated after a chlorine leak was reported in a swimming pool in the
town of Jaworzno of Poland's Slaskie province on Sunday, a spokesman for the local fire department said. According to initial estimates, 10 liters of chlorine leaked
into the swimming pool.

EGYPT: Explosions have rocked a military camp and arms depot near the city of Ismailia northeast of the Egyptian capital Cairo late Sunday evening, with some
people being reportedly injured though there no reports of any fatalities yet, reports say. The explosion struck Abu Sultan military camp, about 13 miles (20 km)
south of Ismailia, which lies on the Suez Canal, a witness said, adding that armored personnel carriers had blocked roads leading to the area. The first explosion, seen
several miles away, was followed by a series of other explosions, he said. Accident not terrorism suspected.

USA: Delaware - Massive explosions rocked the Sunoco refinery in the Marcus Hook area tonight, sending flames shooting into the night and sounding alarms in
three states. The actual explosions were in Delaware but close to the Pennsylvania border. Some officials were reporting that the chemicals in the explosion could
waft into South Jersey. The explosions were first heard shortly after 10 p.m. The flames could be seen as far as 10 miles away at the Philadelphia airport. Safety
officials were considering widespread evacuations and police were blocking off roads around the refineries, one of the largest on the East Coast, according TV
reports. Sunoco officials did not have official information on the cause. A union official said he did not know if anyone was hurt but that the refinery was staffed.

BELGIUM: A fire has broken out in the basement of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels, officials say. Outside the Berlaymont building thick
smoke can be seen pouring from the roof. At least three fire engines are there. Information officer Nico Keppens said security personnel had told him that there was a
fire in the press room.

SWINE FLU:

WHO: 06:00 GMT, 18 May 2009, 40 countries have officially reported 8829 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 74 deaths

JAPAN: The number of swine flu cases in Japan has risen rapidly - with more than 120 cases now confirmed. Nearly 2,000 schools and companies have closed, and
the government has discouraged unnecessary travel to quell the spread of the disease.

SPREAD: India and Turkey have recorded their first cases of swine flu, giving further evidence that the disease is spreading. In both countries the H1N1 virus was
detected following the screening of passengers arriving at airports.

Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 17th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 16th May 2009

MALAYSIA: Nearly 450 people have been quarantined at a training academy in Malaysia after meningitis killed one student and sent 19 others to the hospital, an
official said Sunday. asan Abdul Rahman, a senior Health Ministry official, said all 334 trainees and 115 staff were quarantined at a traffic officer training academy in
southern Malacca state over the weekend.

CHINA: Three workers were found dead Saturday morning after being poisoned by unidentified gas at a subway construction site in Guangzhou, capital of south
China Guangdong Province. The workers were analyzing the gas underground, which was a necessary procedure in subway building, when they were poisoned and
trapped at 5:15 p.m. Friday, according to the emergence official of the city government and the Guangzhou Metro Corporation

EGYPT: A 3-year-old Egyptian boy has contracted the bird flu virus, bringing the country's number of human avian flu cases to 71, a Health Ministry spokesman said
on Friday. The H5N1 virus was detected in the boy from the northern province of Al Gharbiyah after he came into contact with poultry, the spokesman said. The
boy is currently in a stable condition and is receiving treatment.

PHILLIPINES: Dozens of villagers were evacuated while hundreds more await evacuation after a huge landslide blocked the flow of a tributary of the Ibulao river
resulting in an artificial damming at Sitio Biday, Eheb, Tinoc, Ifugao late Friday afternoon. The huge landslide was reportedly triggered by strong rains that continue
to fall over the Cordillera, loosening the fragile soil in many areas.

SWINE FLU:

USA:  Texas - Authorities in Texas confirm country's fifth fatality from influenza H1N1 The authorities on 14 May confirmed the death of a fifth person from
influenza H1N1. The latest casualty had been in the coastal city of Corpus Christi in the southern state of Texas. The deceased, who was 33 year-old, died on 6 May,
but the cause of his death was only ascertained on 14 May. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the District of Columbia plus 46
states, excluding only Alaska, Mississippi , West Virginia and Wyoming, have been hit by the virus; a total of 4,714 cases of H1N1 have been confirmed in the
country to date.

WHO: As of 07:00 GMT, 16 May 2009, 36 countries have officially reported 8451 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection. Mexico has reported 2895 laboratory
confirmed human cases of infection, including 66 deaths. The United States has reported 4714 laboratory confirmed human cases, including five deaths. Canada has
reported 496 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported nine laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. The
following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), Belgium (2), Brazil (8), China (4), Colombia
(11), Cuba (3), Denmark (1), Ecuador (1), El Salvador (4), Finland (2), France (14), Germany (14), Guatemala (3), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9), Japan (4),
Netherlands (3), New Zealand (9), Norway (2), Panama (43), Peru (1), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (100), Sweden (2), Switzerland (1),
Thailand (2), and the United Kingdom (78).

Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 15th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 14th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 13th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 12th May 2009

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 and depth 92.3km has struck an sparsely populated area in the West New Britain Province (population: 0.1
million) in Papua New Guinea.

BRAZIL: Severe flooding brought on by torrential rains has killed 44 people across northern Brazil and forced some 180,000 others to evacuate their homes, mainly to
emergency shelters, officials said Saturday. The National Civil Defense Secretariat said deaths have occurred in eight of 11 states severely affected by the flooding.

INDIA: At least 20 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh after thundershowers and hailstorm lashed the state Monday night, an official said
Tuesday. Wall and ceiling collapses caused most of the casualties. With the details of the damage caused by hailstorm and rains are still being collected, officials said
the casualties were reported from eight districts

ENGLAND: Ten children have been injured after a sports hall roof collapsed at a school in Kent. The year nine pupils at Minster College on the Isle of Sheppey were
in the sports hall when a heating duct fell down, Kent County Council said.

NANGLADESH: Some 3,000 chickens were culled after bird flu was detected at a poultry farm in the country's Southeastern Cox's Bazar district town on Sunday
night. With 1.5 million diahrea cases in a local epidemic concerns have been raised should swine flu reach this countries population as well.

SWINE FLU

REPORT RELEASED: A third of the world's population could be infected with swine flu, expert projections suggest. Researchers say swine flu has "full pandemic
potential", spreading readily between people and is likely to go global in the next six to nine months. Although one in three who come in contact will likely become
infected, the Imperial College London team declined to estimate the death toll. The study based on Mexico's experience is published in the journal Science.

WHO: As of 06:00 GMT, 12 May 2009, 30 countries have officially reported 5251 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection. Mexico has reported 2059 laboratory
confirmed human cases of infection, including 56 deaths. The United States has reported 2600 laboratory confirmed human cases, including three deaths. Canada has
reported 330 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. The
following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), Brazil (8), China (2, comprising 1 in China,
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and 1 in mainland China), Colombia (3), Denmark (1), El Salvador (4), France (13), Germany (12), Guatemala (1), Ireland
(1), Israel (7), Italy (9), Japan (4), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (7), Norway (2), Panama (16), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (95), Sweden
(2), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (55).

Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 11th May 2009

NEW ZEALAND: A mini-tornado has damaged half a dozen homes in Warkworth, north of Auckland.

RUSSIA: A gas pipeline has exploded in the Russian capital, Moscow, sending flames 100m (300ft) high into the air and setting fire to a nearby building. Several
people are reported to have been injured. More than 30 fire-fighting teams were sent to the scene, in the south-west of the city.

EGYPT: A five-year-old Egyptian girl has contracted the highly pathogenic bird flu virus after coming into contact with infected birds, reported on Sunday. The case
brings to 69 the number of people confirmed to have contracted the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Egypt, which has been hit harder than any another country outside
Asia.

MALAYSIA: Nearly 450 people have been quarantined at a training academy in Malaysia after meningitis killed one student and sent 19 others to the hospital, an
official said Sunday. asan Abdul Rahman, a senior Health Ministry official, said all 334 trainees and 115 staff were quarantined at a traffic officer training academy in
southern Malacca state over the weekend.

PAKISTAN: Three labourers were burnt to death and many others were injured when a reactor exploded in a private factory in the Landhi industrial area on Saturday,
police and rescuers said. Some 50 workers were present in the different departments of Pakitech factory, spread over 3,000 square yards in the Landhi Industrial
Area when its boiler exploded, injuring several of them including one security guard.

SWINE FLU:

USA: A crew member on a cruise ship currently in Alaska waters has been diagnosed with probable infection of A/H1N1 influenza, health authorities in the U.S. state
of Alaska announced on Sunday. In a statement, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services said it was notified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) about the probable case on Serenade of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship now traveling through Alaska waters.

CHINA: China confirms its first case of swine flu on the mainland, and is searching for people in contact with the infected man.

WHO: As of 07:30 GMT, 10 May 2009, 29 countries have officially reported 4379 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection. Mexico has reported 1626 laboratory
confirmed human cases of infection, including 45 deaths. The United States has reported 2254 laboratory confirmed human cases, including two deaths. Canada has
reported 280 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. The
following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), Brazil (6), China, Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (12), Germany (11), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9), Japan (4),
Netherlands (3), New Zealand (7), Panama (3), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (93), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom
(39).

Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 10th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 9th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 8th May 2009

GUINEA: At least 13 people in Guinea have died and five are badly injured after a gold mine they were working in caved in. Guinea's information minister said 10
people remained unaccounted for.

PHILIPPINES: Fifteen people were killed, including a 10-year-old girl, when the typhoon Chan-Hom pounded the northern Philippines, triggering mudslides and
tearing roofs off houses. The typhoon destroyed roads and bridges and felled power lines in several provinces on the main island, Luzon. Thirteen villagers were
killed in landslides in northern Ifugao province, a mountainous area on Luzon. Downgraded to a tropical storm, Chan-Hom crossed the northern Philippines early on
Friday and is now headed towards China.

USA: California - Thousands of people in California have left their homes as a wildfire threatens the town of Santa Barbara. The rapidly-moving blaze has burned
nearly 3,000 acres, leading California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency.

PAKISTAN: Kashmir - Twelve people have been killed and 12 more are missing after an avalanche in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The avalanche happened late on
Monday night in the Gehel Ashkot area of the Neelum valley, about 60-65km (37-40 miles) north-east of Muzaffarabad.

CHINA: China said Thursday that last year's massive Sichuan earthquake left 5,335 schoolchildren dead or missing, releasing its first official tally just days before the
anniversary of the disaster. The number of children killed in the May 12 quake is highly sensitive as many bereaved parents say school buildings were shoddily
constructed and collapsed too easily.

UKRAINE: Fire tore through a gaming hall full of slot machines in central Ukraine early on Thursday, killing nine people and injuring 11, the Emergencies Ministry
said. Ministry officials said the fire engulfed the hall just before 1 a.m. in the industrial city of Dnipropetrovsk.

SWINE FLU NEWS:

Preventing the swine flu that is spreading across the globe from infecting patients sick with the deadly H5N1 avian flu should be a top priority, especially in Asia, top
experts said Thursday. If both viruses wind up in the same individual, they could mix genes and mutate into a form that is both very pathogenic and easily transmitted
among humans.

WHO: As of 06:00 GMT, 8 May 2009, 24 countries have officially reported 2384 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection. Mexico has reported 1112 laboratory
confirmed human cases of infection, including 42 deaths. The United States has reported 896 laboratory confirmed human cases, including two deaths. The following
countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (214), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1),
Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (5), Germany (10), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (6), Italy (5), Netherlands (2), New Zealand (5), Poland
(1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (81), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (32).

Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 7th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 6th May 2009

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 5th May 2009

CANADA: British Columbia - Close to 10,000 BC Hydro customers lost power early Tuesday morning as a windstorm sweeps across the southern half of the
province. Wind gusts up to 70 kilometres per hour were recorded in Point Atkinson lighthouse in West Vancouver.

BRAZIL: Severe flooding has hit Brazil's drought-stricken northeast, killing 15 people and leaving 70,000 others homeless. The states most affected by the flooding
are Maranhao, Piaui, Ceara, Alagoas and Bahia. Six people were killed and six major highways were inundated in Maranho. Sao Luis, the state capital, and 40 other
towns have been battered by rains that have lasted nearly a month. An estimated 48,000 people were forced to leave their homes, and of those 22,000 lost their
homes.

UKRAINE: Nine coalminers remained trapped underground on Tuesday following a rock slide at a mine in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Region, local media reported.
The collapse occurred on Monday in a section of the Novodzerzhinskaya mine at a depth of 585 meters (1,900 feet).

RUSSIA: Crews were battling dozens of wildfires covering nearly 60,000 acres of forest lands in Russia, a government source said Monday. The unnamed source in
the information department of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations said nearly 4,000 people were employing more than 800 pieces of equipment to fight the
105 blazes.

USA: Louisianna - High winds from a possible tornado injured three people and damaged nearly two dozen homes in a rural community in south Louisiana. Maj.
Ginny Higgins of the St. Martin Parish sheriff's department said the storm ripped through a residential area in Catahoula around 6 a.m. Monday.

IRAN: At least 19,435 Iranians have been infected with the HIV virus, with more than 1,000 new cases recorded since December 2008, the ISNA news agency
reported on Sunday.

WILDFIRES: Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires. The results from the new study
also suggest that smoldering fires may produce more toxins than wildfires - a reason to keep human exposures to a minimum during controlled burns. http://www.
terradaily.com/reports/Potentially_Harmful_Chemicals_Found_In_Forest_Fire_Smoke_999.html

SWINE FLU:

WHO: As of 06:00 GMT, 5 May 2009, 21 countries have officially reported 1124 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection. Mexico has reported 590 laboratory
confirmed human cases of infection, including 25 deaths. The United States has reported 286 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. The following
countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (140), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Costa Rica (1),
Colombia (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (8), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (6), Portugal (1), Republic of
Korea (1), Spain (54), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (18).

Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 4th May 2009

SWINE FLU: As of 18:00 GMT, 4 May 2009, 21 countries have officially reported 1085 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 590 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 25 deaths. The United States has reported 286 laboratory confirmed human cases,
including one death.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (101), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1),
Costa Rica (1), Colombia (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (8), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (6), Portugal
(1), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (54), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (18).

OTHER EMERGENCIES:

KENYA: About 16 people from Remwa, Ashioya and Kabula villages in Bungoma district had the same symptoms and died from an as yet unidentified disease. Before
their deaths, the victims had diarrhoea, vomiting, shedding tears and blood from their eyes and noses. This disease is mysterious to the villagers.

INDIA: At least 11 people were killed and 15 injured when a powerful nor'wester hit India's eastern state of West Bengal, a news report said Monday. The casualties
were caused Sunday by house collapses and lightning strikes.

PHILIPPINES: A Tropical cyclone CHAN-HOM-09 which lashed several northeastern provinces late last week, gained strength over the weekend with sustained
winds of 105 kilometres per hour before moving offshore. The storm - which was moving further out to sea on Monday - left at least 20 people dead. On Saturday,
authorities in Albay province moved nearly 45 000 villagers into school shelters from their houses at the foot of the Mayon volcano, fearing possible mudslides.  
Another tropical cyclone KUJIRA-09 is approaching the Pilippines with a current maximum sustained wind speed of 28 m/s.

GUATEMALA: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 and depth 104.2km struck a very highly populated area in the Solola Province (population: 0.2 million) yesterday at
about 4:00 PM UTC. GDACS estimates the likelihood for need of international humanitarian intervention to be low (Green alert).

RUSSIA: There are 105 pockets of forest fires in Russia taking up a total area of almost 24,000 hectares. Large fires are raging on a total area of over 20,000
hectares in the Khabarovsk and Primorsky territories, in the Amur region and the Jewish autonomous region, and in the Baikal area. Nearly 4,000 people fight the
forest fires, using over 800 units of equipment. Thirty planes and helicopters are used to monitor the situation from the air.

Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 3rd May 2009

SWINE FLU: As of 1600 GMT, 3 May 2009, 18 countries have officially reported 898 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 506 confirmed human cases of infection, including 19 deaths. The higher number of cases from Mexico in the past 48 hours reflects ongoing
testing of previously collected specimens. The United States Government has reported 226 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (85), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1),
Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), France (2), Germany (8), Ireland (1), Israel (3), Italy (1), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (40),
Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (15).

OTHER EMERGENCIES:

GERMANY: A lightning strike injured 26 teenagers, three of them seriously, in southern Germany on Saturday afternoon as they warmed up for a football match.
One 17-year-old nearly died, and was reanimated after the strike which hit the outdoor football pitch at around 3pm.

NEPAL: At least 15 people were killed and more than 170 injured by a storm that struck southern and western Nepal, officials said Sunday. Six districts reported
fatalities, the majority of the which were caused by collapsing houses and walls and falling trees.

ENGLAND: British police said on Monday they had evacuated a London hotel after the bodies of two women were found inside in what firefighters said was a
"chemical incident". Officers were called to the Costello Palace Hotel in the Finsbury area of north London on Sunday morning after the two bodies were discovered.
"The bodies remain at the scene. We await confirmation regarding the cause of death," a police spokeswoman said. Firefighters were also called to the hotel and were
treating it as a "chemical incident".

INDIA: Ten workers were killed and five missing in a fire of a footwear factory near New Delhi on Sunday. The factory, located at Faridabad near New Delhi,
belonged to Lakhani footwear of the Lakhani-Vardhman group. A blast took place first before high flames engulfed the packaging department of the factory, said the
report.

RUSSIA: Russian media say a gas explosion in the Siberian city of Irkutsk tore through a wooden residential building and killed seven people, including a child. News
agencies and state television say a household gas canister combusted in the two-story building early Sunday. Seven of the 36 tenants were killed in the blast and
ensuing fire, which completely devoured the building.

AUSTRIA: At least six people have been killed in an avalanche near the ski resort of Soelden in the Austrian Alps, rescue services said.

CHINA: Thirteen people were confirmed dead and two others fatally injured in a fireworks explosion Saturday afternoon in east China's Shandong Province. The
explosion took place at an unlicensed fireworks processing factory in Yangzhuangzi Village of Qingyun Township, Qingyun County, at 1:30 p.m.

Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 2nd May 2009

No information posted

Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 1st May 2009

SWINE FLU: The situation continues to evolve. As of 19:00 GMT, 1 May 2009, 13 countries have officially reported 365 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection. The
United States Government has reported 141 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Mexico has reported 156 confirmed human cases of infection,
including nine deaths. The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (34), China, Hong Kong, Special
Administrative Region (1), Denmark (1), Germany (3), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).

OTHER EMERGENCIES:

USA: Oaklahoma - Heavy rains flooded homes, roads and businesses in some areas of northeastern Oklahoma Friday, forcing authorities to rescue stranded residents
and motorists. Almost 7 inches of rain had fallen in Cherokee, Delaware, Rogers and Mayes counties since early Friday. Much of the downtown area of Pryor was
closed because of flooded streets. The Mayes County sheriff's office said the flooding extended to some homes and businesses. Fire and rescue personnel used swift-
water rescue boats to pluck motorists from stranded vehicles and residents from flooded homes across the county.

INDIA: A moderate earthquake of 4.5-magnitude shook Srinagar, in Kashmir. The epicenter of the earthquake was in located in Pakistan 36.04 degrees North, 71.27
degrees East. So far no loss of life or damage to property has been reported from any part of the region.
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