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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 30th September 2009
SAMOA: Witnesses told of scenes of panic and confusion Tuesday after a major earthquake hurled giant waves at the islands of Samoa, smashing buildings,
throwing cars and hurling boats ashore. Young men banged gas canisters like "church bells" to bring thousands of frightened people streaming to higher ground as
the disaster unfolded in coastal towns below. Samoan resort area popular with foreign tourists has been "devastated" by a deadly tsunami that ripped through the
tropical Pacific island nation, the country's deputy prime minister said.
PHILIPPINES: Doctor Joanna Remo and her staff could only weep as muddy waters overwhelmed their public hospital in eastern Manila at the height of tropical
storm Ketsana. Medical equipment and medicines were rendered useless as the hospital's first floor was swamped on Saturday afternoon, and about 200 patients
were hastily transferred to the second floor.
VIETNAM: Typhoon Ketsana left a trail of destruction across Southeast Asia Wednesday, killing at least 49 people in Vietnam and Cambodia and churning towards
Laos, officials said. Tens of thousands of people had fled their homes to escape flooding caused by Ketsana, which had already killed 246 when it struck the
Philippines over the weekend as a weaker tropical storm.
CAMBODIA: Typhoon Ketsana has killed at least 11 people in northeastern and central Cambodia, police and government officials said Wednesday.
FRANCE: Hillion is a picture-postcard Breton town with grey stone houses, a pretty granite church and long sandy beaches. But the seaside idyll has been ruined by
mounds of rotting seaweed that have settled across swathes of France's northwestern coast, giving off a potentially deadly gas.
INDONESIA: On 9/30/2009 10:16:11 AM UTC (about 16:55h local time) an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 occurred in the highly populated region of Sumatera Barat in
Indonesia. The earthquake happened 53km from Padang. At least 75 people die and thousands are trapped under rubble after an earthquake hits Sumatra, officials say.
NEPAL: A church dormitory collapsed Wednesday in eastern Nepal after attendees at a Christian conference went to sleep on its roof, killing at least 24 people and
injuring an additional 62, police and church officials said.
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 29th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 28th September 2009
PHILIPPINES: At least 86 people are confirmed dead and 32 remain missing two days after massive flooding in the Philippines, Defence Secretary Gilberto Teodoro
said Monday. More than 435,000 people were also displaced after tropical storm Ketsana dumped the heaviest rains in more than 40 years on the Philippine capital
and surrounding areas on Saturday.
RWANDA: Health officials in Rusizi district have registered 39 cases of admitted people suspected to have cholera but no single death has been reported. The
outbreak has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health.
CHINA: A powerful typhoon ploughed into a densely populated area of south China yesterday, killing at least eight people and triggering a "once-in-a-century storm
tide" in several cities. More than 100,000 people were evacuated before typhoon Hagupit made landfall in far south China around dawn.
UKRAINE: Forty-seven pupils from School 8 in Zhytomyr were taken to hospital as a result of poisoning by unidentified gas, Valentyn Arendarchuk, the head of the
department of education at the Zhytomyr city hall.
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TURKEY: An official says a van stacked with beehives has crashed into a truck, killing one person and causing the bees to swarm and attack five injured crash
victims and their rescuers. Around 20 people, including medics and police officers who responded to the accident, are being treated in hospitals.
Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 27th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 26th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 25th September 2009
NORWAY: State-controlled Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro ASA was forced to shut down its Statfjord C offshore oil platform Friday after it leaked water
contaminated by oil into the North Sea. Statfjord C off Norway' southwestern coast will remain offline until the cause of the leak is found, StatoilHydro spokesman
Oeistein Johannessen said. He said it was not clear how long that will take. He said the leak resulted in a thin layer of oil on the ocean surface that was 300 meters
(1,000 feet) wide and two kilometers (1.2 miles) long.
NIGERIA: At least 71 people have been confirmed dead and other 746 lying critically ill of a yet to be diagnosed disease in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa State,
reported on Friday. Bubakari Musa Kamale, state commissioner for information, confirmed the death toll, saying the nature of the disease has not been determined.
EGYPT: The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported 2 new confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1). The 1st case is a 13-year-old male from Alexandria
Governorate. His symptoms started on 13 Sep 2009. He was admitted to hospital on 14 Sep 2009, where he received oseltamivir treatment. The patient is in a stable
condition. The 2nd case is a 14-month-old female from Tahrer District, Behira Governorate. There are also significant cases of Swine Flu.
USA: The wildfire burning in Southern California's Ventura County has grown to more than 65sq km. The flames have been pushed by hot and dry Santa Ana winds,
but firefighters said yesterday wind speeds were lower than they were a day earlier when the blaze broke out.
AUSTRALIA: Australia cleared up on Thursday after the worst dust storm in decades which smothered Sydney and cost an estimated tens of millions of dollars in
lost productivity. Health experts said the danger from record air pollution had passed. The storm reportedly dumped millions of tons of dust over New South Wales,
Australia's most populous state.
ITALY: Thunderstorms (red alert) accompanied by strong winds (orange alert) are expected in the South of Italy today.
Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 24th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 23rd September 2009
AUSTRALIA: An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 and depth of 2 km hit an unpopulated area of the Macquarie island early this morning at 2:59 UTC.
USA: California - A raging wildfire burned toward the outskirts of a community north of Los Angeles on Tuesday, injuring two firefighters and forcing more than 400
people to flee their homes. The fire erupted in the morning and had blackened about 6,000 acres of scrubland by early evening.
USA: Georgia - Severe flooding in north Georgia has killed seven people, submerged homes, knocked out power and turned streams into rivers. It has been reported
that the flooding is the worst in 100 years in some parts of Atlanta. Some bridges have been destroyed, around 1,000 homes are flooded and 30,000 people are
INDONESIA: At least 15 passengers were killed and 16 others injured when an overloaded ferry sank off Halmahera Island in eastern Indonesia yesterday afternoon.
Three people are still unaccounted for. Police are continuing to search for missing passengers.
SCOTLAND: Veterinary scientists are investigating a mystery disease, which is killing young cattle across Scotland. There have been 25 confirmed cases of bleeding
calf Syndrome, which attacks animals less than one month old. Experts at the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) said there had been an unexplained upsurge of the
little-known but fatal disease.
TUNISIA: Heavy rains and flash floods have killed 17 people in a semi-arid region of southern Tunisia, reported on Wednesday. Witnesses said many of the dead
were killed when the roofs and walls of their homes collapsed. Others were carried away by flood waters that rose to more than two metres (six feet) in some areas.
INDIA: At least 15 workers were killed and some 50 feared trapped when a chimney under construction at a power plant in central India collapsed, police said on
RUSSIA: One people was killed and 33 others injured on Wednesday in a blast at a fireworks depot in southwest Russia, Inter fax news agency reported. The
explosion, occurred in the city of Voronezh at noon, injured 34 people, and one of them later died, said a spokesman for the regional emergency situations department.
RUSSIA: Rescuers are searching a north Siberian lake after a storm caused a steamboat to capsize, five people are reported to have been rescued, local prosecutors
said on Wednesday. The boat sunk on Tuesday in Lake Pyasino, 80 km (49 miles) from Norilsk, Siberia's northernmost city above the Arctic Circle. Emergency
crews are trying to establish how many people were onboard the boat when the storm hit.
AUSTRALIA: An outback dust storm swept across eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, disrupting transport and placing health authorities on alert
for widespread respiratory illness. The dust blacked out the outback mining town of Broken Hill on Tuesday, forcing one mine to shut down, and then swept east,
shrouding Sydney in a red glow on Wednesday morning. International flights were diverted from Sydney, ferries on Sydney Harbour were suspended and commuter
motorists warned to take care on roads as visibility was dramatically reduced.
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 22nd September 2009
ENGLAND: Twelve children were currently in hospital with complications arising from Escherichia coli (commonly referred to as E. coli) which causes diarrhea and
can lead to serious kidney and blood complications, the British Health Protection Agency (HPA) said on Saturday. They were reportedly to have caught the E. coli
following visits to the Godstone Farm in Surrey, which has closed while the Agency carried out an investigation into an outbreak of E. coli among people who have
visited there. The Agency's Surrey and Sussex Health Protection Unit (HPU) is working with local environmental health officers, the Veterinary Laboratory Agency
and the Godstone Farm in response to 36 cases of gastrointestinal illness, which is believed to have oc curred in early August. Measures to reduce the risk of the
infection spreading were put in place by the farm last week but as more cases have been reported, the farm has agreed to close to enable detailed investigations into
the source of the infection.
ETHIOPIA: Health officials in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa are battling a severe outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhea. As many as 1,000 cases a day have been
reported in the past week, and several people have died. Hospitals are erecting tents to handle the huge increase in patients turning up for treatment. People have been
lining up at hospitals around Addis Ababa for more than a week to get help. Ethiopia's health ministry says 4,000 Acute Watery Diarrhea cases have been confirmed
in the past 10 days, 300 in the most recent 24-hour reporting period.
Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 21st September 2009
ROMANIA: Fifteen people were injured when a train derailed in southern Romania in the early hours of September 21. The accident appears to have been caused by a
loosening of the bolts that hold the rail track in place, transport minister Radu Berceanu told reporters. The express train, travelling from Timisoara in western
Romania to capital Bucharest, derailed at about 2.30am near Craiova.
INDIA / BHUTAN: A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook the remote mountain nation of Bhutan and India's northeastern Assam state Monday, sending people running
into the streets and damaging schools and homes, officials said.
USA: Georgia - Residents awoke this morning to school closures, a mudslide on Highway 78 and closed roads. The school systems in Carroll, Douglas, Paulding and
Stevens counties announced school closures today. Atlanta's largest school system Gwinnett County announced that its schools would remain closed for the entire
day, as opposed to a 2-hour delay as originally reported. All creeks and streams in metro Atlanta were spilling out of their banks or approaching flood levels.
USA: Alabama - Days of torrential rain flooded homes and roads in west and central Alabama on Monday, forcing some Bibb County residents to evacuate by boat as
schools in the county closed. The National Weather Service said as much as a foot of rain fell in northern Greene County in less than 24 hours and that roads were
being closed off in parts of mostly rural west Alabama.
GLOBAL: Most of the world's major river deltas are sinking, increasing the flood risk faced by hundreds of millions of people, scientists report. Damming and
diverting rivers means that much less sediment now reaches many delta areas, while extraction of gas and groundwater also lowers the land. Rivers affected include
the Colorado, Nile, Pearl, Rhone and Yangtze.
Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 20th September 2009
USA: California - A brush fire has broken out in a remote area of southwestern Riverside County about 10 miles east of Temecula. Sheriffâ€™s deputies have ordered
about 30 ranch-style homes evacuated. The blaze began shortly before 4 p.m. near California Highway 79.
PHILIPPINES: Five farmers were killed by lightning in the central Philippines, a local police chief said Saturday. Eight other people were hurt in the accident Friday in
Mabinay town in Negros Oriental province, 570 kilometres south of Manila, according to Chief Inspector Edilberto Deocadis. Deocadis said the victims were
harvesting rice in a field when a heavy storm forced them to take shelter in a nearby thatched hut. He said lightning struck the paddy and the victims were
electrocuted, probably because they were wet from the rain.
Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 19th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 18th September 2009
AUSTRALIA: The National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) is urgently calling on the Australian Government to convene a national bushfire summit to build a
framework for bushfire prevention and management in order to minimize the devastating effects of bushfires on rural communities, industries and economies, saying
bushfire management is a matter of national security.
TAIWAN: Nine people died and nine others were missing after Typhoon Koppu slammed into south China, causing torrential rain, mudslides and an oil spill, the
government and state media said Thursday. All nine missing had been swept by flash floods, while the other nine had been killed by typhoon-triggered mud-rock
flows, landslides, house collapses and flooding.
CHINA: Hong Kong - Typhoon Koppu made landfall in China bringing winds as high as 139 kilometers (86 miles) an hour, after passing to the south of Hong Kong,
where 58 people were injured and offices and schools shut for the morning.
CHINA: Fifty tons of oil have leaked from a cargo ship onto the coastline of Guangdong Province. It happened after the ship crashed into rocks on Tuesday as
Typhoon Koppu swept through the region.
CAMEROON: Lightning killed five schoolchildren when it ripped through a classroom in northwestern Cameroon and caused around 50 others to be treated in
hospital for trauma.Metal roofed buildings are not unusual in this part of the world.
WALES: Earthquake hits Bangor, okay it was only 2.9 but it raises concerns about sub surface collapses in the extensive coal fields and subsequent structural
KENYA: The ministry of health has confirmed a measles outbreak in the country where so far 70 cases have been reported in North Eastern and Rift Valley
Provinces. This has prompted an immediate response and a massive countrywide immunization campaign launched beginning this weekend. The week long exercise
will target over 6.7 million children aged below 5 years in the country. The last nationwide measles campaign was conducted in 2006 after an outbreak that led to the
death of over 120 children.
NIGER: Over the past few weeks, large areas of Niger have been inundated by devastating floodwaters. According to Niger's government, at least 32,000 houses
have been destroyed in almost 50 villages. The flooding is affecting six out of Niger's eight regions, and the rains continue to fall. Thousands are displaced. Mercy
Corps is sending an emergency response team to meet the critical needs of families in the affected areas.
INDONESIA: An earthquake of magnitude 5,3 and 94km depth struck Halmahera region this morning at about 04:00am UTC.
MEXICO: Tropical Storm Marty formed off Mexico's Pacific coast on Wednesday but was expected to weaken as it moves along the Baja California peninsula this
week. The storm was located 525 km south-southwest of the tip of the Baja California, with maximum sustained winds of near 75 kph with higher gusts.
EGYPT: The Egyptian government has ordered all schools and universities to close until October in an attempt to slow the spread of swine flu.
Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 17th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 16th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 15th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 14th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 13th September 2009
ITALY: A secret shipwreck found off Italy's southern coast has set alarm bells ringing. Far from containing hidden treasure, the cargo on board the vessel is thought
to consist of toxic, possibly nuclear material. And the suspicion is that it may have been sunk by the local Mafia, paid by authorities to take waste off their hands. A
former mobster indicated where the wreck would be found off Cetraro, on the Calabrian coast.
GERMANY: More than 50 people were injured, four seriously, when two narrow-gauge steam trains collided in Radebeul, Saxony, on Saturday evening. Police began
an investigation into the cause of the collision as work began Sunday to pull the wreckage of the historical LÃ¶ÃŸnitzgrundbahn trains off the tracks. Around 250
people were riding on both trains on the single-track route to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the line between Moritzburg and Radebeul.
AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan has reported outbreaks of potentially lethal cholera in 10 provinces across the impoverished country, the health ministry said on
Sunday. The ministry "has so far recorded 673 cases countrywide" of the highly contagious disease in almost a third of the country's 34 provinces, including in the
RUSSIA: A fire that broke out at the headquarters of a military unit in western Russia killed five and injured seven servicemen, the regional emergencies department
said on Sunday. "An alarm call about a fire at the headquarters of a military unit of the Russian Defense Ministry was received this morning. As a result of the fire,
five people died and seven others received injuries of various gravity," the emergencies department said.
TURKEY: A tornado that formed after torrential rains wounded eight tourists in southern Turkey on Saturday, reported Sunday. The twister swept the Alanya town
of southern Antalya province, shattering the windows of a hotel and injuring eight tourists sitting at the lobby.
JAMAICA: A sulphuric acid spill, affecting more than three kilometres of the Kingston Harbour shoreline, has left fish dead and prompted a warning from the Office
of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) for humans to stay away.
KAZAKHSTAN: A fire at a clinic for drug addicts in the southeastern Kazakh city of Taldykorgan killed 38 people on Sunday morning, the Central Asian state's
government said. The Emergency Ministry said in a statement that workers evacuated and rescued another 40 people. The cause of the fire was unknown. "The fire
was localised by 6:31 a.m. (local time)", the ministry said.
VENEZUELA: A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook major oil exporter Venezuela on Saturday, causing panic in the capital, Caracas, and injuring at least seven
people when houses in the countryside collapsed. The quake, the strongest in the South American nation in years, hit at about 3:40 p.m. local time (2010 GMT),
Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 12th September 2009
GULF OF MEXICO: Tornadoes that occur from hurricanes moving inland from the Gulf Coast are increasing in frequency, according to researchers at the Georgia
Institute of Technology. This increase seems to reflect the increase in size and frequency among large hurricanes that make landfall from the Gulf of Mexico.
SWINE FLU: Swine flu can infect cells deeper in the lungs than seasonal flu, thus helping to boost the severity of the illness, a study released on Thursday said. The
paper provides the first laboratory corroboration of reports from front-line doctors that some patients with A(H1N1) virus suffer worse symptoms compared to those
with run-of-the-mill seasonal flu.
GUATEMALA: Guatemala's President Alvaro Colom has declared a "public calamity" from drought and famine that have claimed more than 460 lives since the start
of the year.
GREECE: Authorities have declared a state of emergency on the Greek island of Evvoia after torrential rains caused one death and flooded homes. The victim, a
policeman, was found dead on Saturday after his car was swept away by a flash flood near the town of Kymi in the east of the island. Amphitrite Alipate, the mayor
of another town, told a local news television channel that the flooding had reached 1.5 metres deep in a matter of minutes, and that damage to roads and buildings
was serious. (Our thoughts are with the family and colleagues of our lost EM colleague)
TURKEY: Flash floods in northwestern Turkey forced the evacuation of about 200 workers at tile and brick factories by helicopter Saturday, an official said. Flood
waters were receding and rescue workers were working to evacuate a small number of workers left at the factories near the town of Kumbag, Gov. Zubeyir Kemelek
of Tekirdag province said. He denied earlier media reports that five workers went missing.
ALGERIA: Eight people were swept away by flash floods and a ninth was killed by lightning as more thunderstorms lashed southwestern Algeria, the civil defence
agency said on Saturday. Four people drowned at El Bayadh, some 700 kilometres (450 miles) southwest of Algiers late Friday. A woman, her daughter and two male
relatives also died when their vehicle was caught by a flash flood in a river bed in the district of Naama, 600 kilometres southwest of the capital. Another person had
been struck by lightning shortly beforehand in the same area.
RUSSIA: Strong explosive eruption of Sheveluch volcano with ash explosions more 10 km hight. The activity of the volcano could affect international and low-flying
aircraft. According to seismic data, strong explosions of Sheveluch volcano occurred from ~14:19 to ~14:55 UTC on September 10. According to an interpretation
of seismic signals, ash plumes rose up to >15,000 m (> 49,200 ft) ASL.
ENGLAND: Twelve children are in hospital - four seriously ill - after contracting the vomiting bug E.coli in an outbreak at a children's farm. All the children are aged
under 10. The Health Protection Agency says 36 cases have been reported so far. The children are thought to have caught the bug at Godstone Farm in Surrey,
which also has a playground.
Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 11th September 2009
SCOTLAND: Marine experts are warning beach users in the Western Isles to be aware after a huge number of stinging jellyfish when they washed into waters near a
Lewis beach. The mass stranding of mauve stingers occurred at Reef Beach last Friday. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) say large swarms of the normally
ocean-going jellyfish can have serious economic consequences. A similar swarm in Northern Ireland in 2007 killed 100,000 caged salmon in the countryâ€™s only
USA: Colorado - The Tri-County Health Department says plague has been found in two dead squirrels in the center of Castle Rock. The squirrels were found in the
area around 3rd and Wilcox, near the Douglas County Wilcox building. Because the plague can spread to both humans and pets through fleas, the health department is
warning people to keep their distance from any sick or dead squirrel.
ROMANIA: Eight persons are under quarantine and a slaughter-house has been temporary closed after a bovine was infected with anthrax in Nichiteni in Botosani
county in eastern Romania. The animal's owner called in veterinarians after the animal got sick and died. The persons in contact with the anthrax-infected animal are
under quarantine. Local authorities say all precautions have been taken so that this isolated case does not result in the spread of the disease.
Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 10th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 9th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 8th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 7th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 6th September 2009
SOUTH KOREA: At least six campers in South Korea were washed away into the Imjin river by a huge wave near the border with the North, local media reported
Sunday. Hundreds of rescue workers supported by two helicopters began a search for the missing campers, which included a child, the Yonhap news agency cited
police officials as saying. The sudden wave is believed to have been produced by an unannounced release of water by a dam in North Korea.
UKRAINE: One person died and three others were injured in a coalmine methane blast in east Ukraine, the regional industrial safety watchdog said on Sunday. The
accident occurred late on Saturday at the coalmine named after the 60th anniversary of Ukraine in Donetsk.
MADAGASCAR: Clean-up operations following the grounding of a Turkish-flagged vessel off the coast of Madagascar have started and damage to the environment
should be limited, the ship's operator said in a statement Saturday. The MV Gulser Ana grounded off Faux Cap, on the southernmost tip of the Indian Ocean island,
on August 26, damaging its bunker tanks and releasing fuel oil in the sea, the Mardeniz Denizcilik company said.
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has sent planes to investigate a substance resembling an oil slick in the ocean west of Darwin. The
authority does not believe the substance is related to a recent oil spill in the Timor Sea. Yesterday AMSA sent planes to assess the clean-up of the leaking West Atlas
oil and gas rig off Western Australia.
PHILIPPINES: Two bodies have been recovered as rescuers rushed hundreds of people on board a sinking passenger ferry in the southern Philippines to nearby
rescue vessels, the country's coast guard said. Coast guard chief Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo told a local radio station that two passengers were killed while three
others were wounded on board the Superferry 9, listing off the coast of Zamboanga peninsula for more than seven hours.
MACEDONIA: Macedonia and Bulgaria mourn the death of 15 people killed when a tourist boat sank on Lake Ohrid.
POLAND: Authorities say one person has died after storms and strong winds in western Poland tore down trees and ripped roofs off buildings. The storm hit on
Thursday night and early on Friday on a front stretching from Poland's Baltic Sea coast in the north down to the Czech border in the south.
Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 5th September 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 4th September 2009
SERBIA: Four explosions at an ammunition factory in western Serbia killed six people and wounded at least eight on Thursday, a police official said. Police,
firefighters and the military sealed off the area around the Prvi Partizan ammunition factory in the town of Uzice, some 160 km (100 miles) west of the capital
Belgrade, said Deputy Interior Minister Predrag Maric.
PAKISTAN: The power supply to several parts of Sindh and Balochistan was suspended as the Guddu Thermal Power Station caught fire late on Thursday. Quoting
sources in the Jacobabad Electric Supply Corporation, the channel said electricity supply to 16 grid stations was suspended after fire erupted in unit-103 of the plant
due to a technical fault.
CLIMATE CHANGE: The world is speeding towards a climate catastrophe, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned on Thursday, urging rapid progress in talks to cut
emissions and tackle global warming. "Our foot is stuck on the accelerator and we are heading towards an abyss," the UN secretary general said in a speech to the
World Climate Conference.
SWINE FLU: Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Thursday it had tested a new swine flu vaccine that may work after one dose while health chiefs hailed
another one-dose drug developed in China. Novartis said it was ready to produce one million doses of the vaccine before the end of the year in a bid to blunt the
spread of swine flu which has already claimed at least 2,185 lives.
EAST AFRICA: A sweeping drought across East Africa has left millions of people at risk of starvation, in a region plagued by increasingly erratic rainfall,
humanitarian organisations and officials warn. Huge food shortages and loss of livelihood has left 6.2 million Ethiopians needing relief aid, while about 3.8 million in
Kenya's arid areas, where livestock is being decimated, have also been affected.
MEXICO: Tropical Storm Jimena claimed its first life on Thursday as it lashed Mexico's Baja California with torrential rain and ripped the roofs of houses. A man,
who was not immediately identified, was found dead after unsuccessfully trying to ride out the storm in his house in the town of Mulege, half-way up the sparsely
INDONESIA: Rescue workers on Indonesia's Java island searched by hand Thursday for dozens of people trapped by a major 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed at
least 57, officials said.
Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 3rd September 2009
PAKISTAN: The spell of downpour in the country is in full swing Thursday, causing several low-lying areas to be inundated with water. At least two people were
killed in rainfall and hailstorm in Taunsa. In Faisalabad, the rain starting from last night is still in progress intermittently. The downpour rendered the low-lying areas
under water; also, the power supply was badly damaged.
PERU: A gold mine located in La Rinconada â€“ the highest and perhaps one of the filthiest shantytowns in the world â€“ collapsed early Wednesday morning, killing
three miners. According to witnesses, a rock-tunnel caved in and the miners were buried alive.
NIGER: At least three people died in floods following torrential rain in the historic northern Niger town of Agadez, a rare occurrence in the middle of a desert region,
local authorities said. The victims were carried away by flood waters after the heavy rains, a resident of the town said by telephone on Wednesday after local official
Amadou Boukata gave local journalists the death toll.
RUSSIA: At least three people are trapped under the rubble of a multi-story car park that collapsed in central Moscow on Thursday morning, a police source said.
Moscow police spokesman Yevgeny Bobylev said rescue and fire-fighting teams and ambulances were at the scene near the Garden Ring in southern Moscow.
SWINE FLU: Predictions that 65,000 people could die from swine flu in the UK this winter are unlikely to be realised, latest figures suggest. Government scientific
advisors have revised the figure to produce a worst case scenario of 19,000 deaths. That is based on one in three people becoming infected, said Chief Medical
Officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson.
Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 2nd September 2009
EGYPT: A 35 year-old Italian tourist is one of three people believed to have been infected with A(H1N1) virus, or swine flu, as well as the H5N1 virus, known as
avian flu. The patients are recovering in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, said Mohammed Rifai, director general of preventive medicine. Rifai also spoke of
a 28-year-old man who tested positive for both viruses, after arriving at the port of Safaga after a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
INDONESIA: A powerful earthquake has struck off the Indonesian island of Java, killing at least 27 people, officials say.Scores more were wounded and it is feared
the death toll will rise as many homes have reportedly been buried under a landslide triggered by the quake. More than 700 houses were badly damaged by the
magnitude 7.0 quake, a social affairs ministry official told AP
SWINE FLU: New York announced free swine flu vaccinations Tuesday for all elementary school students ahead of the new academic year and a feared resurgence
of H1N1 infections. The mayor's office and the city health department said the free shots would be given for the next several months to students whose parents
USA: California - Triple-digit temperatures, extremely low relative humidities, dense vegetation that has not burned in decades, and years of extended drought are all
contributing to the explosive growth of wildfires throughout Southern California. The Station fire, which began Aug. 26, 2009, in La Canada/Flintridge, not far from
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, had reportedly burned 105,000 acres. It has also cost two fire fighters their lives. (Our thoughts are with our EM colleagues, their
families and friaends)
MEXICO: Thousands of residents in Mexico's Baja California peninsula have ignored pleas to evacuate as Hurricane Jimena bears down on the region. It has
weakened to a category two storm but could still bring hurricane force winds when it makes landfall on Wednesday, say experts. The US-based National Hurricane
Center has warned of heavy rain, coastal flooding and mudslides. Many shanty-town dwellers have stayed put, in case their homes are looted.
CHINA: A chemical explosion in eastern China has killed 18 people and injured 10 more, state media report. The blast happened at around 1600 (0800 GMT) as a
lorry carrying chemicals was being unloaded at a warehouse in Shandong province, Xinhua reported.
INDIA: An outbreak of diarrhoea in the eastern Indian state of Orissa has claimed 26 lives, a state minister has said. The deaths have been reported in several villages
in Kalahandi district, Health Minister Prasanna Acharya said. 3 patients have tested positive for Cholera.
AUSTRALIA: Experts are warning vets to be as serious about guarding against Hendra virus as health professionals are about the AIDS virus, following the death of a
central Queensland vet. Rockhampton veterinarian Dr Alister Rodgers died on Tuesday night after contracting the virus from a sick horse on a stud farm at Cawarral,
northeast of Rockhampton. His death comes nearly 12 months after vet Ben Cunneen from the Redlands Veterinary Clinic in Brisbane died from the virus. Dr
Rodgers is the fourth person to die from Hendra virus, all the deaths being in Queensland.
AFGHANISTAN: Aid agencies and donors started to distribute immediate relief to those affected by flooding caused by pre-dawn rain and storms yesterday. Last
night, following a quick assessment of the damage caused by the flooding, the United Nations, a Jalalabad-based NGO - Youth in Action Association (YIAA) and the
international military distributed food and water to hundreds of people affected by the flood. Four people â€“ three children and a woman â€“ lost their lives in the
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 1st September 2009
MEXICO: Hurricane Jimena on Monday roared toward Mexico's Baja California as an extremely dangerous Category Five storm, Mexican officials said as they
planned emergency evacuations for 20,000 families in its path. Jimena was packing winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour) but was expected to
weaken slightly before making landfall in Baja California late Tuesday.
JAPAN: An offshore typhoon lashed Tokyo and eastern Japan with heavy rains and winds on Monday, injuring at least two people and grounding scores of
international flights, officials said. Typhoon Krovanh uprooted trees in some coastal areas as it raged along the Pacific coast of Japan, packing gusts of up to 144
kilometres (90 miles) per hour.
CHINA: Six farmers were killed in eastern China Sunday when the hut they were sheltering in during a storm was struck by lightning, state media reported.
SWINE FLU: Swine flu spreads four times faster than other viruses and 40 percent of the fatalities are young adults in good health, the world's top health official
warned in an interview appearing Saturday. "This virus travels at an unbelievable, almost unheard of speed," World Health Organisation Director General Margaret
Chan told France's Le Monde daily in an interview.
AUSTRALIA: Australia denied claims Saturday it had downplayed the scale of a massive oil spill at a drilling rig off its northwest coast, and said the slick was
CHINA: Fifteen miners died after inhaling toxic gases in a graphite mine in central China, state-run media reported on Saturday. The deaths occurred Friday afternoon
at the mine in the town of Yuanlutang in Hunan province, Xinhua news agency said, quoting the local government.
|AROUND THE WORLD TODAY