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Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 28th February 2010

CHILE: The death toll from Chile's earthquake has more than doubled to 708 and is expected to rise further, President Michelle Bachelet has said.

EUROPE: At least 50 people have been killed in storms that have lashed parts of Spain, Portugal and France, officials say. Forty-five of the victims died in France,
where many drowned or were hit by parts of buildings or falling trees. Winds of up to 140km/h (87mph) caused chaos as they moved from Portugal up through the
Bay of Biscay. The storm system is moving north-eastwards and areas of France bordering Belgium and Germany are on alert for heavy rain and high winds.

HAITI: At least eight people have been killed in floods triggered by heavy rain in Haiti, officials have said. The deaths occurred in or near the southeastern port city of
Les Cayes which was swamped by more than 1.5m (5ft) of water. Officials said buildings affected included a hospital and a prison where more than 400 inmates
were evacuated.

CHINA: Nineteen people have died in a blast caused by fireworks in China's southern province of Guangdong, reports say. Those killed were villagers gathered to
celebrate the lunar new year, the China Daily newspaper reported.

UAE: Violent weekend thunderstorms and rains left four people dead and large areas of the Northern Emirates submerged, with more rain expected to fall today. In
Sharjah, three people died in two separate incidents after they were electrocuted while standing in water. In Dubai, one person was killed and 13 other hurt when an
entrance collapsed at the India pavilion at Global Village.

RUSSIA: Tsunami waves of up to 0.8 metres (2 ft 7 in) hit the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's far east on Sunday following a major earthquake in Chile, the
Sakhalin Tsunami Centre said.  

JAPAN: A 30 centimetre (12 inch) tsunami hit Japan's northern Pacific coast on Sunday after a massive earthquake struck Chile the day before, Japanese media
reported. The tsunami was recorded in the town of Nemuro, 973 km (605 miles) northeast of Tokyo, national broadcaster NHK reported. Officials have ordered
some 245,000 households along Japan's Pacific Coast to evacuate to higher ground after Saturday's quake struck Chile, killing more than 300 people.

AUSTRALIA: NTW - While the Top End and Central Australia have been battered by torrential rains, a Territory town has reportedly had fish falling from the sky.
The freak phenomena happened not once, but twice, on Thursday and Friday afternoon about 6pm at Lajamanu, about 550km southwest of Katherine, The Northern
Territory News reports. Christine Balmer, who took the photos of the fish on the ground and in a bucket, said she had to pinch herself when she was told "hundreds
and hundreds" of small white fish had fallen from the sky.

Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 27th February 2010

quake. In French Polynesia waves 6ft (1.8m) high swept ashore, but there were no immediate reports of damage. Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand were among
quake. In French Polynesia waves 6ft (1.8m) high swept ashore, but there were no immediate reports of damage. Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand were among
countries to warn residents in coastal areas to move to higher ground. The earthquake struck at 0634 GMT, 115km (70 miles) north-east of the city of Concepcion
and 325km south-west of the capital Santiago. It is the biggest to hit Chile in 50 years.
and 325km south-west of the capital Santiago. It is the biggest to hit Chile in 50 years.


USA: Indiana - Forty-five students and two teachers from Hanover Central High School were taken to local hospitals Friday morning after a gas leak from an oven in
a home economics room forced the school's evacuation, school and town officials said at a subsequent news conference. Cedar Lake Fire Chief Todd Wilkening said
the 15 people with the worst symptoms were taken to St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point and all had been treated and released by 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 26th February 2010

MONGOLIA: Officials in Mongolia have declared more than half of the impoverished country a disaster area due to harsh winter weather, as the UN on Thursday
launched a programme to help struggling nomads. About 2.5 million livestock had perished nationwide as of Monday, the government's State Emergency Commission
reported this week, after weeks of persistent snow and temperatures below minus 50 Celsius

SCOTLAND: The ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) reports that a total of 24 cases of anthrax infection have been confirmed in Scotland
since the beginning of December 2009 among heroin users. Ten cases have died and the latest were reported on 23 February 2010.

SCOTLAND: Blizzard conditions are impacting across Scotland withy more heavy snow predicted in what is turning into one of the heaviest snowfalls on record in
Scotland.

MALI: Twenty-six people, mostly women and children, have been killed in a crush at the famous Djinguereber mosque in Timbuktu, sources have told the BBC. The
stampede happened during the Mouloud festival to mark the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, when people walk around the mud mosque in northern Mali.

Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 25th February 2010

DUBAI: An aquarium and a shopping centre in Dubai have been evacuated after water leaked from a massive tank holding hundreds of sharks. Safety officials said
the "small crack" appeared in the tank which holds 10 million litres of water and more than 33,000 underwater creatures.

BANGLADESH: At least 21 people have been killed and some 50 injured in a fire at a clothes factory in Bangladesh, reports say. Rescuers had recovered dozens of
injured people from the blaze at the Garib & Garib Sweater Factory, fire officials told local TV stations.

slick reached the Po, Lombardy and the Emiglia-Romagna region have been urged to intensify their clean-up efforts. The Civil Protection Agency announced a five-
slick reached the Po, Lombardy and the Emiglia-Romagna region have been urged to intensify their clean-up efforts. The Civil Protection Agency announced a five-
day alert on Italy's largest waterway and a ban on dredging water from the city of Piacenza onwards. It advised boatmen to be especially careful, as the oil slick is
highly flammable and could be easily ignited. The wetlands of the Po Delta are also a wildlife preserve and home to over a 1,000 plant species and 300 different types
of birds.
of birds.


CHINA: At least 11 people were injured and a lot of homes severely damaged by a 5.1-magnitude quake which hit southwest China Thursday, state media reported.
The tremor hit at 12:56 pm (0456 GMT) and was centered about 90 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, at a relatively shallow
depth of 16 kilometers, Xinhua news agency said, citing the China Earthquake Administration. An emergency team dispatched to the area found lots of rural houses
had been severely damaged by the tremor.

ANGUILLA: A Celebrity Cruises ship sailing in the Caribbean is experiencing an unusually large breakout of a norovirus-like illness, with more than 15% of
passengers having fallen ill. Spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said about 300 out of 1,800 passengers on the Celebrity Mercury are suffering from stomach upset,
vomiting and diarrhea.

AZERBAIJAN: Landslide occurred in five villages of Agsu region of Azerbaijan, 77 houses were damaged. Chairman of Agsu Emergency Situations Commission
Igbal Mikayilov said the local bureau that the landslide in Sangalan, Kalva, Surakhany, Girrar and Guzay villages was extending day-by-day.

CHINA: Seven people died and 49 others were injured in an explosion at a starch factory in north China's Hebei Province Wednesday afternoon, local authorities said
late Wednesday. Five others were left missing after the explosion ripped through a workshop of the Qinhuangdao Lihua Starch Co. Ltd. in Funing County, in
Qinhuangdao City, at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, a city government spokesman said. All the injured were being treated at a local hospital, and one of them was
described in severe condition. An initial investigation showed that it was a dust explosion, the spokesman said.

CHINA: The death toll from avalanches in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has risen to four by Thursday, with nearly 500 others still trapped.
Avalanches in Xinjiang's Hejing County have killed at least one, leaving another missing and 460 others trapped as of Thursday morning, said an official from the
Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture of Bayingolin. In Nilka county of Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture, at least three people were confirmed dead and another six still
trapped underground after an avalanche struck an iron mining area Tuesday afternoon, local work safety official said Wednesday.

Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 24th February 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 23rd February 2010

TURKEY: A methane gas explosion on Tuesday caused the collapse of an underground chamber of a Turkish coal mine in northwestern Turkey, killing 17 workers,
an official said Tuesday. The blast occurred at a mine near the town of Dursunbey in Balikesir province, said Ibrahim Kucuk, the local governor.

GHANA: Seventeen people have died from an outbreak of a new strain of cerebrospinal meningitis in the Upper West Region since January 2010, Dr Alexis Nang-
beifubah, Regional Director of Health Services, said on Tuesday. He said 15 out of the 96 cases reported have been confirmed to be meningitides W135, which is
being seen for the first in Ghana.

INDONESIA: Five people are dead and more than 70 remain missing after a landslide buried a village and part of a tea plantation in Indonesia's West Java, local media
and officials say. The landslide struck about 8:00am (local time) after heavy rains in Bandung district, about 150 kilometres south-east of the capital Jakarta.

USA: California - Thieves may have gotten more than they bargained for after stealing a nuclear density probe used to obtain moisture data on soil. The device, which
was in a red fiberglass case with radioactive stickers on the exterior, was reported stolen from a construction site in the 100 block of Smoke Tree in Hesperia at 7:18
a.m. on Feb. 16. Inside the case was the probe, hammer, metal plate and plastic box. The device contains radioactive capsules. If removed from the case, the probe
can cause radiation burns, according to the Hesperia Police Station. The last four serial numbers of the probe, which is model No. MC3, are 6969. The device was
manufactured by CPN.

INDIA: Nine people die and more than 40 are injured in a fire in an office block in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, officials say.

Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 22nd February 2010

TURKEY: A methane gas explosion on Tuesday caused the collapse of an underground chamber of a Turkish coal mine in northwestern Turkey, killing 17 workers,
an official said Tuesday. The blast occurred at a mine near the town of Dursunbey in Balikesir province, said Ibrahim Kucuk, the local governor.

GHANA: Seventeen people have died from an outbreak of a new strain of cerebrospinal meningitis in the Upper West Region since January 2010, Dr Alexis Nang-
beifubah, Regional Director of Health Services, said on Tuesday. He said 15 out of the 96 cases reported have been confirmed to be meningitides W135, which is
being seen for the first in Ghana.

INDONESIA: Five people are dead and more than 70 remain missing after a landslide buried a village and part of a tea plantation in Indonesia's West Java, local media
and officials say. The landslide struck about 8:00am (local time) after heavy rains in Bandung district, about 150 kilometres south-east of the capital Jakarta.

USA: California - Thieves may have gotten more than they bargained for after stealing a nuclear density probe used to obtain moisture data on soil. The device, which
was in a red fiberglass case with radioactive stickers on the exterior, was reported stolen from a construction site in the 100 block of Smoke Tree in Hesperia at 7:18
a.m. on Feb. 16. Inside the case was the probe, hammer, metal plate and plastic box. The device contains radioactive capsules. If removed from the case, the probe
can cause radiation burns, according to the Hesperia Police Station. The last four serial numbers of the probe, which is model No. MC3, are 6969. The device was
manufactured by CPN.

INDIA: Nine people die and more than 40 are injured in a fire in an office block in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, officials say.

Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 22nd February 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 21st February 2010

IRELAND: The winter vomiting bug has been identified as the probable cause of illness of about 15 passengers on a flight from the Canary Islands to Cork at the
weekend. The Health Service Executive was alerted to the fact that a number of passengers were acutely ill on the flight before it arrived from Tenerife at 10.30 pm
on Saturday night. Because the emergency departments at hospitals in Cork city were already very busy doctors travelled to the airport to assess the situation.

SERBIA: The Beli Timok River last night broke through the levees in eastern Serbia, flooding about 200 homes. Some 450 people are affected, according to local
emergency services, with their houses 1.5 meters deep in water this morning. Many were forced to leave their homes temporarily. The river has risen 1.1 meters
above its 360 centimeter flood mark. Serbian police (MUP) Emergency Situations Sector has made all its personnel in that part of the country available, with regional
teams from NiÅ¡ and Belgrade also joining in efforts to fortify the levees and help people stranded in the flooded areas.  

USA: Carolina - A freight train has derailed near Bakersfield and one of its cars caught fire and forced the evacuation of several nearby homes.  He says authorities
believe two train cars went off the Union Pacific tracks at a tunnel entrance on the well-known Tehachapi Loop, and one of those cars carrying denatured alcohol
ruptured and caught fire. About eight homes were evacuated as a precaution after the fire produced a toxic cloud. A temporary shelter was set up at a high school.

INDONESIA: Flood submerged eight regencies and mayoralties in South Sumatra on Sunday following torrential rains in the past two days, forcing thousands of
residents to flee their homes. The flood-hit areas are Palembang, Pagaralam, Lahat, Ogan Ilir, Ogam Komering Ilir, Empat Lawang, Muaraenim, and Musirawas. In
Musirawas, for example, more than 5,000 residents in three subdistricts - Bulang Tengah Suku, Muarakelini, and Muaralakitan - must be evacuated after flood
inundated their homes. The South Sumatra administration had prepared tents, blankets, instant food, and public kitchen for the evacuees.

CHINA: A total of 53.36 million Mu (about 3.56 million hectares) of crops in China had been affected by severe drought. The drought, mostly in China's
southwestern provinces including Yunnan and Guizhou, had damaged crops and caused water shortage to both people and livestock. About 5.97 million people and
3.59 million livestock are suffering from water shortage. The drought had also started to affect China's northern regions, as several northern provinces had not seen
rainfall for nearly 40 days with signs of drought showing up in farmlands. About 640 million yuan ($93.7 million) had been allocated with 8.95 million people and
150,000 water trucks mobilized to fight the drought as of Saturday, watering 8.14 million Mu of crops and providing temporary water supply to 6.76 million people
and 3.33 million livestock, data from the Office showed.

INDONESIA: More than 2,500 evacuees in six villages in Garut, West Java affected by a landslide have demanded that the local government relocate them to a safer
location. On Sunday that the residents lived in Cisaat, makam Karomah, Awiligar, Tanjung Kanguru, Tanjung and kampung Paseh. Another 2,000 villagers are also
threatened by the landslide. The West Java disaster management agency is still focusing on emergency aid for the landslide evacuees.

NETHERLANDS: A total of 2 new farms have been declared to be infected with Q-fever. This relates to a dairy goat farm in Lunteren (Gelderland province) with
approximately 1160 animals and a dairy goat farm in Zuidermeer, in the North-Holland municipality of Koggenland with 850 animals. The pregnant animals on the
infected farms are to be culled. There are currently 75 officially declared Q-fever infected dairy arms in the Netherlands, 73 of goats and 2 of sheep.

Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 20th February 2010

PORTUGAL: Madeira - At least 32 people die in floods and mudslides as torrential rains hit the Portuguese island of Madeira, authorities say. State-run news agency
Lusa quoted officials at the mayor's office in Madeira's capital Funchal as saying five people died and 17 were in hospital. SIC television and Publico daily
newspaper's website said as many as seven people were killed and several were missing.

UGANDA: Thousands of residents in Bwaise and Kalerwe suburbs in Kampala were yesterday displaced by the overnight heavy rains which resulted into floods.
Residents said the area started flooding at around 3:00am, forcing many to run for their lives. They claim that property worth millions from various households was
also destroyed.

USA: Alaska - Some 20 passengers aboard United Airlines flight 897 from Washington D.C. to Tokyo were apparently injured when it hit turbulence on Saturday,
rescue workers said. The plane arrived at Narita International Airport at around 3:50 p.m., and the injured were transported to local hospitals by Narita Fire
Department. According to passengers' accounts, the Boeing 747-400 was caught in turbulence as it was flying over Alaska.

MOROCCO: A four-century old minaret collapsed, on Friday, in the city of Meknes in central Morocco, killing 38 worshipers and over 70 injured. An official source
said. The same source confirmed that 51 injured were released and 20 are still in the hospitals.

MOZAMBIQUE: Seven people have died in disturbances caused by disinformation about the spread of cholera in the central Mozambican district of Gurue. The
rumour has been spread that health workers and traditional leaders, far from fighting cholera, are spreading the disease. One of those murdered was the community
leader at Tetete, in the locality of Lioma, who was accused of collaborating with health activists in order to spread the disease.

Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 19th February 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 18th February 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 17th February 2010

AUSTRIA: A German snowboarder stranded in the Austrian Alps for six hours has been rescued after attracting attention by setting fire to his cash. Dominik
Podolsky, 22, of Munich, was stuck on a ski lift when it shut down for the day, with the temperature -18C. As darkness fell, he began to burn paper handkerchiefs
and the contents of his wallet with a cigarette lighter. He started with restaurant bills and business cards before he was spotted burning the last of 120 euros in cash.

SYRIA: Drought in eastern and northeastern Syria has driven some 300,000 families to urban settlements such as Aleppo, Damascus and Deir ez Zour in search of
work in one of the largest internal displacements in the Middle East in recent years. The country's agriculture sector, which until recently employed 40 percent of
Syria's workforce and accounted for 25 percent of gross domestic product, has been hit badly, but farmers themselves are worst affected, say aid officials. In some
villages, up to 50 percent of the population has left for nearby cities.

EGYPT: Egypt's health ministry reported another human case of H5N1 influenza in a 29-year-old woman from Menofia who died infection, according to the Egyptian
State Information Service. News of the latest human case came as Egypt's animal health officials detailed 33 new H5N1 outbreaks in poultry that have been
confirmed since 1 February.

TURKEY: Torrential rains have swelled the Tundzha and Maritsa rivers flowing through Turkey, causing power outages and widespread flooding in the northwestern
province of Edirne. Many houses, schools and farms remain under water, as do many historic sites including the city's famous bridges. Swollen rivers caused the
evacuation of many houses in several districts.

PHILIPPINES: Three persons were killed and about 2,000 residents were evacuated from their homes after a barge docked in Barangay (Village) Sta. Maria, Bauan
town, Batangas, emitted foul odor from chemicals Tuesday, police said Wednesday. At about 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Bauan police received a phone call regarding the
chemical poisoning of six persons. Investigation showed that around 4:30 p.m. that day, the victims were repairing the old barge allegedly owned by Nilo Bantugon of
Barangay Sta. Maria in Bauan.

SPAIN: The heavy rains affecting various regions of Spain over the past few hours, especially Andalucia, have caused roads to flood and have left people stranded. A
number of reservoirs have also had to be emptied because they were reaching their capacity. In Málaga towns have been cut off, leaving almost five hundred people
stranded, 23 of whom had to be rescued by the emergency services and seven of them by helicopter after the River Guadalhorce burst its banks. In the area of Las
Tres Leguas de Cártama, six people were rescued by helicopter after water levels rose suddenly and in Alhaurín de la Torre another person had to be rescued by
helicopter after the floodwaters had reached the second floor of his house.

ITALY: A massive mudslide has swept through an Italian town after heavy rains saturated the ground. Footage of the slide was caputured in the town of Maierato, in
the region of Calabria. Around 200 residents of the southern Italian town were evacuated after the enormous landslide tore down pylons and wrecked buildings. No
deaths or injuries were reported. According to an initial investigation made by Italian civil defence officials, the landslide could have been caused by heavy rains in the
Calabria region. Local residents were evacuated and brought to the police school of Vibo Valentia, the closest city. Heavy rains in southern Italy caused more than
100 smaller landslides in the Calabria region, according to local reports.

MACEDONIA: Torrential rains and snow melting in last few days caused floods in the regions of Strumica, Bitola and Prilep. Water has covered almost the whole
area of Pelagonia lands belonging to villages of Novaci, Ptichari, Egri, Zagorani and Cheligovo. Villages of Monospitovo, Borievo and Trnovo have been flooded in the
region of Strumica close to the Macedonian Bulgarian border. Agrarian producers expect floods to affect the winter crops expecting lower harvest in barley, oats and
wheat.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 16th February 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 15th February 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 14th February 2010

NIGERIA: At least 10 people were killed when a power cable fell on a bus in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, and electrocuted passengers, police say. "Twelve
others who went to assist the victims suffered severe burns", Rivers State police spokeswoman Rita Abbey told the AFP news agency.

USA: California - Thirteen spectators at a leading surfing contest in California have been hurt, some seriously, after big waves hit the seawall they were standing on.
Two 6m (20ft) walls of water crashed into the breakwater at Mavericks Beach, destroying scaffolding and sweeping dozens of people onto the rocks below. The
most serious injuries involved broken bones, emergency personnel said.

INDIA: Six persons, including a woman, were killed and 14 others injured in a landslide at Kachsthal village of Kinnaur district, 50 km from here this morning, police
said. Around 7:30 am, boulders fell on tin huts on the bank of river Satluj, SP (Kinnaur) Yashbir Singh Pathania said adding the injured have been admitted to a private
hospital in Tapri.

RUSSIA: Altai - Over 40 poultry farm workers have been hospitalized with acute intestinal infection in the Altai Territory in south Siberia, the regional administration
reported on Sunday. The workers of the Altai Broiler poultry farm were taken to hospitals in the city of Biysk after their night shift with an acute infection of
unknown origin, the administration said. Specialists of Russia's consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor are currently inspecting the poultry farm to find the cause of
massive poisoning, the administration said.

SAUDI ARABIA: Heavy rainfalls over Mecca on Saturday submerged some districts and streets in Islam's holiest city, Saudi media reported, raising fears of a repeat
of deadly floods in a neighbouring city in November. Mecca's location at the heart of a mountainous desert valley makes it vulnerable to flash floods that can be
caused by unusually strong rainfalls.

Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 13th February 2010

TONGA: A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit off Tonga today, but there was no tsunami alert or immediate reports of damage.

HAITI: This map presents a revised total building count and damages as assessed from both satellite and aerial survey imagery covering the Commune of Port-au-
Prince. Damaged buildings were classified according to visually-assessed damage levels and summarized in a table by dominant landcover class. This work is done at
the request of UNDP, and in support of the UN-led efforts in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Swisstopo and the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) at the
University of Zurich provided extensive pre-crisis building data in direct technical support of this UN damage analysis. http://unosat.web.cern.ch/unosat/asp/prod_free.
asp?pid=1419

AMERICAN SAMOA: A strong storm with hurricane-force winds has begun hitting American Samoa, where residents are still recovering from last year's deadly
tsunami. Tropical Cyclone Rene hit the sparsely populated island of Manu'a with sustained winds of 75 mph Friday afternoon. The storm is expected to arrive at the
capital city of Pago Pago in the evening. As of 3 p.m. Friday, the storm was moving southwest at a rate of about 11 mph. Rene may also threaten Samoa, Tokelau
Islands, Tonga and Fiji. Forecasters at the Nadi Tropical Cyclone Center in Fiji issued a gale watch warning for Samoa's main island of Upolu, home to 135,000,
where the September tsunami killed 183 people.

USA: California - Radioactive material was detected at a Southwest Airlines gate at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank Friday, prompting its closure. Bob Hope Airport
spokesman Victor Gill said the detection happened about 1 p.m. at the facility's A-1 gate. A hazardous-materials investigation ensued, and the gate was closed for
about an hour. Flights were not affected, and passengers were routed through another gate. It's not clear if the source of the detection was determined, but
apparently any threat to passenger safety passed because the gate was reopened.

PERU: La Libertad Regional Government declared the State of Emergency during 45 days, due to the damages that the heavy rains are causing. Jose Murgia, the
Regional President, said that this decision was taken after regional and provincial authorities reported more than 20,000 affected houses and some 200 collapsed ones.
La Libertad Andean provinces of Pataz and Bolívar and are isolated by the floods caused by the Marañón river, and the continuous landslides have blocked
several roads. The Regional Health Directorate declared the region in yellow alert, to avoid respiratory diseases, diarrhea, or epidemics.

AUSTRALIA: NSW - A massive amount of rain has fallen in Sydney overnight, causing flash flooding in some areas. More than 700 calls were made to the State
Emergency Service due to severe thunderstorms sweeping across New South Wales. The biggest falls were in Sydney's north, with 88 millimetres of rain falling in
Hornsby and 73 millimetres coming down on Mona Vale in just one hour. Weather forecaster Chris Webb says Sydney experienced one of the highest rainfall events
of the last decade.  

INDONESIA: Indonesia has recorded a new bird flu fatality, bringing the death toll in the world's worst-hit country to 135. The Ministry of Health says the latest
victim was a 25-year-old woman who died Jan. 25 in the West Java town of Bekasi. She is suspected to have had direct contact with poultry. The ministry also
reported Friday that it has discovered a 3-year-old Jakarta boy infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus who has since recovered.  

Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 12th February 2010

USA: Eastern Seaboard - Battered residents across the eastern US seaboard were digging out from record snowfalls Thursday that paralyzed the region, and wearily
braced for yet more winter misery on the way. Wednesday's blizzard affected tens of millions of people and has turned the 2009-2010 winter into the snowiest ever
on record for Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, snapping air and rail links across much of the region and leaving roads too dangerous to navigate. More than
8,000 homes in Maryland and Virginia remained without power and the federal government was shut down Thursday for the fourth day in a row -- at a cost of an
estimated 100 million dollars a day in lost productivity.

SE PACIFIC: Tropical Cyclone RENE-10 of Saffir-Simpson Category 2 affected 19 thousand people with winds above 39mph (63 km/h) and 17 thousand people
with hurricane wind strengths (74mph or 119 km/h). In addition, few people are living in coastal areas below 5m and can therefore be affected by storm surge.

MEXICO: A meteorite has smashed into the ground in Mexico, leaving a 30 meter (100 feet) wide crater, reports said. The meteorite impact was in the Ahuazotepec
Municipality in Central Mexico between the cities of Puebla and Hidalgo. The precise impact area of the meteorite was in a relatively unpopulated area and hit around
6.30pm local time, Mexican media said. The Ahuazotepec, Mexico meteorite impact was so massive it broke windows in homes many kilometers from the epicenter
and people reported buildings swaying and mass confusion. Other reports said the Mexico meteorite impact partially damaged a road and a bridge. The Mexican
military was called in to lock down the area where the apparent space rock slammed into the ground. Initial fears where that the impact was a aircraft crashing to the
ground, but that report was later dismissed. The Central Mexico meteorite event was witnessed by countless people in the region of the impact, with people as far
away as Mexico City saying they saw the burning object enter the atmosphere.  

AUSTRALIA: Victoria - Melbourne in Australia has been hit by flash floods after around 25mm (one inch) of rain fell in just 30 minutes. The central business district
was worst affected, with traffic delayed and hundreds of commuter trains cancelled. The city's average rainfall for the whole of February is around 48mm (two
inches).

MONSERRAT: A volcano on Montserrat shot ash some nine miles (15 kilometers) into the sky Thursday, one of its most dramatic events since a devastating 1997
eruption that drove away half the Caribbean island's population. The partial collapse of the dome in the volcano's crater also unleashed flows of hot gas and rocks,
triggering sirens for the evacuation of about 20 people from a nearby village.

INDIA: At least 12 children were killed after a fire broke out overnight in a school hostel in India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, police said Thursday.
About 60 students were sleeping when the blaze, which spread from an oil lamp, gutted the hostel made of bamboo and straw in Palin town, about 260 km (161
miles) north of state capital Itanagar. "Eight others are in a serious condition," Remu Kemkei, a senior police officer, said by telephone. He said by the time the
children woke up, the fire had engulfed some of the rooms. Local residents rescued 40 children.

Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 11th February 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 10th February 2010

VENEZUELA: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has signed a decree declaring an "electricity emergency" to help his government tackle power shortages. Speaking
on his new radio show President Chavez said Venezuela, which depends heavily on hydropower, was facing the worst drought in 100 years.

USA: A second big snowstorm in less than a week paralyses the north-eastern US, with government offices and many schools shut.

USA: California - Hundreds of people have left their homes after severe mudslides hit southern California. Last year's fires in the state cleared some hillsides making
the area more susceptible to mudslides during heavy rains.

AFGHANISTAN: Rescuers dig through snow in Afghanistan to reach hundreds trapped by avalanches that have killed at least 165 people.

INDIA: Flash floods and house collapses, triggered by torrential rains, left five people dead, one of them a woman, and three injured in Jammu region since last
evening. As many as 23 houses, shops and cowsheds collapsed due to heavy rains in the region, officials said. One person was killed in a snowstorm in Manjui belt in
in Doda district while a woman was swept away by a flash flood in Kachi river in Reasi district.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 9th February 2010

AFGHANISTAN:  A series of avalanches around a mountain tunnel in Afghanistan has killed at least 28 people and left hundreds more stranded, officials say. Some
70 people have been injured, and officials fear the number of casualties could rise further. The avalanches - following several days of heavy snow - hit the area
around the Salang Tunnel, high in the Hindu Kush.

SOUTH AFRICA: A fire has swept through an orphanage in South Africa killing 15 people including 12 children, officials say. Nine people were injured in the fire at
the Hope in Christ Home orphanage in Newcastle in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, police said.

BOLIVIA: At least 14 people have died in heavy rains produced by the El Nino climate phenomenon in Bolivia, the defence minister said. Ruben Saavedra said Monday
that several rivers had flooded and a state of emergency was declared in the departments of Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and Beni.

CHINA: More than 2,000 fire fighters and local villagers were still trying to contain a forest fire in the Yushe National Forest Park in southwest China's Guizhou
Province Tuesday morning, almost one day after the fire broke out. Sources with the Liupanshui city government said on Tuesday that the fire was under partial
control. It has burnt an area of 666 hectares, which accounted for about one fourth of the forest coverage in the park.

ZAMBIA: At least eight people have been killed in Lusaka, the Zambian capital following continuous rains that have caused serious flooding in the city. Lusaka District
Commissioner Christa Kalulu confirmed the development when she addressed journalists on the flood situation in the capital on Monday. She also said cholera had
broken out in the city as a result of the heavy rains and 14 people were being treated for the deadly outbreak.

Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 8th February 2010

HAITI: EU MIC Report - 400 Austrian and 25 Slovenian tents were delivered in PaP Saturday 6 February. An aircraft with Greek assistance (medicines and medical
material, food, water, tents, blankets, chloride drops) left for Haiti this morning. Another aircraft with PAHO approved medicines from Italy is scheduled to leave for
Haiti tomorrow 9 February. The expert from the EUCP team in UN OCHA's Leogane sub office has made an assessment of the Gressier area where about 80% of the
buildings have been destroyed. The two MIC liaison officers arrived in Brussels Friday 5 February together with the Belgian B-fast team.

FRENCH POLYNESIA: The cyclone Oli that hit French Polynesia last Thursday was downgraded to a tropical storm late on Friday. Authorities in French Polynesia
have declared a state of calamity in the aftermath of the cyclone. Several hundred homes in Tahiti and Bora Bora have been destroyed.  About 600 of the island's 2000
inhabitants have been evacuated. The authorities will offer assistance and assess the damage. No casualties reported.

JAPAN: A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 and depth 16.5km shook several small islands off Japan's southern coast on Sunday (06:10 GMT). Japanese officials
issued a warning for a tsunami but removed the warning about an hour later. The quake was also felt in Taiwan, about 250 km to the east, where residents in Taipei
could feel buildings shake. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

INDIA: At least 17 Indian soldiers have been killed after an avalanche hit a military training camp in Indian-administered Kashmir, the army says. Dozens of troops
were rescued after the avalanche struck near Gulmarg, the region's main ski resort, about 50km (30 miles) west of Srinagar.

SWEDEN: In a catastrophic accident on Saturday three steel shipping containers fell from the decks of the MV Linda, an 11,000 tonne Finnish owned freighter. The
accident happened after the bottom container in a stack of four folded and shed the others into waters south of the island of Gotland. One of the boxes contained
inflammable cargo but the other two are believed to hold around fifteen tonnes of materials toxic to marine life. A full air and sea search was conducted by Swedish
Coastguards to no avail. Authorities are asking any ships transiting the area to keep a look out for the three boxes which, in addition to the obvious risk, will pose a
serious danger to other shipping if semi submerged.

RUSSIA: About 10 tonnes of crude oil were spilt from overturned tank cars as a result of a freight train crash in the Zaigrayevsky district of the Buryatia republic
near the Chelutai station of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The press service of the East Siberian Railway (VSZD) told Itar-Tass on Monday that the oil has been
localised and reagents binding it have been delivered to the site.  

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: A colony of sea lions endemic to the Galapagos Islands have moved 1,500km away, a Peru-based organisation which monitors the aquatic
mammals has said. According to a BBC report, the Organisation for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals says the sea lions have swum to northern Peru
because of rising temperatures. It says the temperature rise was caused by climate change. Experts say it is the first time that Galapagos sea lions have set up a
colony outside the islands.

CHINA: At least seven people were confirmed dead after a moderate earthquake jolted the juncture area of three counties in southwest China's Guizhou Province
Sunday, earthquake authorities said Monday. The quake, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale struck at 5:37 p.m. Sunday [07.02.2010.], according to China
Earthquake Administration.

Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 7th February 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 6th February 2010

USA: Maryland - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has issued a declaration of emergency as a winter storm that could bring more than 20 inches of snow approaches.
O'Malley said Friday that National Guard units are prepared to help local emergency managers around the state and have already started deploying. The Guard says
some 200 soldiers and airmen are on duty. About 100 Humvees are positioned around the state. The governor is urging residents to avoid driving except for the most
urgent reasons. The most severe snow storms for decades hit eastern US, paralysing transport, and bringing Washington DC to a standstill.

ENGLAND: A cutting-edge simulator that recreates the devastating effects of a flood has been created to test products designed to defend homes, businesses and
people from flooding. The new test facility in Oxfordshire has been developed by the Environment Agency and HR Wallingford to test flood defence products against
a new industry standard. It features a replica living room inside a massive tank, about half the size of a football pitch. During the simulation, the replica building is
fitted with the flood products and the tank is then flooded with thousands of gallons of water to simulate a severe flood. If successful, the products will be awarded
the BSI Kitemark, giving householders, organisations and businesses greater confidence in the flood products they use to protect their property.


Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 5th February 2010

SCOTLAND: A nuclear reactor "tripped" at Torness Power station and had to be shut down. Reactor One at the plant in East Lothian went down unexpectedly on
Monday afternoon and is set to be out of commission for weeks. Locals said that alarms rang and white smoke billowed from the nuclear plant following the
breakdown. The reactor supplies more than half a million households but the National Grid said there is spare capacity to maintain the supply when such events
occur. SEPA said the breakdown was down to a generator transformer and added that the incident was now under investigation.

ENGLAND: British health authorities have warned that contaminated heroin being sold in London may cause anthrax, after one addict was hospitalized with the
potentially fatal disease. The warning follows a similar outbreak in Scotland that has infected 19 heroin addicts since December, including nine deaths. Authorities
suspect the heroin or an agent mixed with the drug was likely contaminated.

FRENCH POLYNESIA: Cyclone Oli has hit French Polynesia, forcing hundreds of people living on the coast to be evacuated, hitting transport and driving tourists
into temporary shelters. Authorities told residents to stay indoors as winds of up to 200 km an hour threw up waves of up to 7 metres. On Tahiti, the main island in
the vast and widely spread South Pacific ocean territory, several hundred people were forced to abandon houses near the shore overnight although the impact was
lessening as the storm moved away.

BRAZIL: Sao Paulo is in the grip of a long period of heavy rainfall which started early December. On Thursday, the city was hit by a thunderstorm which claimed the
life of a 72-year-old woman who was killed when six homes were swept away by a flashflood. She was the 73rd victim since the start of the wettest summer in Sao
Paulo in six decades. A total of 34 zones of the city have been flooded. Dozens of trees have been uprooted and local television channel Bandeirantes showed footage
of buses stranded with passengers waving for help. People were also seen seeking refuge on the roofs of cars.

MEXICO: Five children have died in flooding caused by torrential rains across western and central Mexico, authorities said Thursday. Three siblings ranging in age
from 2 to 8 were killed when a rain-swollen stream swept away their home in the western state of Michoacan, emergency services officials told Efe, adding that the
children’s bodies were recovered.

AUSTRALIA: Three homes were struck by lightning as thunderstorms swept through NSW, with 10 people evacuated from one building after a roof collapse. NSW
Fire Brigades Superintendent Ian Krimmer said crews went to a three-storey building in Templeman Crescent, Hillsdale, in Sydney's southeast, after reports of an
explosion at about 3.30pm (AEDT) on Friday.

Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 4th February 2010

RUSSIA: An unknown amount of oil leaked from the East-Siberia - Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline, launched about a month ago, a source in the regional
emergencies service said on Thursday. The leak occurred late on Wednesday, near the final point of the pipeline, the town of Skovorodino in the Amur Region. "The
amount of leaked oil and the area of pollution are being established," the source said. He added that the leak poses no serious threat to the environment as snow and
temperatures below -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit) prevent soil pollution. Works to clean contaminated snow are already underway.

USA: Georgia - Toxic gas released from a south Fulton County ice plant forced an evacuation and brought out a hazardous materials team last Wednesday night. A
pressure valve opened on a tank filled with ammonia at the Arctic Ice company in College Park after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

USA: Kansas - Officials say one person died, two emergency responders were hospitalized and nine others were treated after being overcome by carbon monoxide in
central Kansas. Fire Marshal Roger Williams says a woman called authorities after finding her friend unconscious inside his Salina town house Wednesday evening.
Williams says a paramedic and firefighter who went into the home collapsed and had to be rescued by other firefighters. The two were hospitalized.

SOUTH AFRICA: A severe storm struck the Qumbu area in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday, with some residents claiming it was a tornado, police said. Homes were
damaged, trees uprooted and cars pushed around, spokesperson Mzukisi Fatyela said. Heavy rains in Gauteng are causing havoc on the province’s roads. Water
rescue teams from Johannesburg Emergency Services are scouring the Jukskei River near Alexandra after unconfirmed reports of a person being washed away.

BULGARIA: Many people are sick with measles. We register some 100 people a day. For now the focus is on several regions – Sliven, Yambol, Varna, Stara
Zagora and Kazanlak – but gradually we will reach other regions too, Dr. Angel Kunchev, Director of Infectious Diseases Control Directorate at the Healthcare
Ministry. He says 10 people died since the start of the outbreak.

AZERBAIJAN: Lokbatan mud volcano that falls under the State Natural Reserve of Baku and Absheron Peninsula Mud Volcanoes Group erupted, press service of
Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry said. The eruption lasted for an hour, the yellow, black mud spread in 1.5 ha area. The monitoring found out that the
temperature was 20-30 degrees in the volcanic breccia during the eruption. Lokbata mud volcano, one of the most frequent active volcanoes in the world, first
erupted in 1829. Since then, this volcano has erupted 21 times, the volcano erupted last in 2001.

AUSTRALIA: Tasmania - Tasmanian firefighters are working to contain a large bushfire burning in the central highlands. Residents in the area between Wayatinah
and Repulse Dam have been urged to activate their bushfire plans. The fire currently measures 6000 hectares in size. A statement from Forestry Tasmania said strong
winds and high temperatures had hampered backburning operations.

SPAIN: Torrential rain has caused havoc in Spain's Canary Islands Tuesday, leaving one person dead and causing severe damage. Tenerife was the worst hit of the
popular holiday destinations, where 82 millimetres came down within a 24-hour period. The subtropical depression has forced local authorities to close all schools on
the archipelago and advise residents not to leave their homes. Around 27,000 homes across all eight Canary Islands were without electricity overnight and there was
also disruption to mobile phone services.

FRENCH POLYNESIA: Islands on red alert as a powerful cyclone "Oli" bears down on the island. Oli upgraded overnight from a tropical storm and it is expected to
bring seven-metre waves and is already menacing Bora Bora and Maupiti in the French Polynesian Leeward Islands. Winds of more than 120km/hour are sweeping
the islands. More than 650 tourists trapped on Bora Bora have been rehoused in hotels, schools in western Polynesia are closed, and people have been told to abandon
primitive grass and mud dwellings.

Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 3rd February 2010

HAITI: Nearly half a million people have fled Port-au-Prince for the Haitian countryside following the devastating earthquake that destroyed the capital, the United
Nations said on Tuesday. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said 90 percent of the people leaving the capital for rural areas were staying
with relatives, and supporting these host families was now a priority.

SPAIN: Carn Canaria - Spanish and French researchers have defined the age, location, size and geochemistry of the volcanoes of Gran Canaria during the Holocene,
11,000 years ago, in order to draw up a map of volcanic hazards for the island. The research shows that the area of greatest volcanic activity is one of the most
heavily populated areas in the north east of the island, which has suffered 24 eruptions over the period studied.

INDIA: Tropical Storm FAMI-10 affected 25 thousand people with winds above 39mph (63 km/h) and few people with hurricane wind strengths (74mph or 119
km/h). In addition, few people are living in coastal areas below 5m and can therefore be affected by storm surge.

COOK ISLANDS: Northern Cook Islands prepare for tropical cyclone Oli Posted at 17:09 on 01 February, 2010 UTC The northern Cook Islands have activated their
emergency centres as they prepare for a tropical cyclone. Tropical cyclone Oli is affecting Pukapuka, Nassau, Manihiki and Rakahanga, as well as the uninhabited
bird sanctuary, Suwarrow.

MALAWI: A second wave of hailstorms hit the northern region's capital of Mzuzu killing a child and damaging property worth millions. This comes after a first
injured one man and damaged even more property last month. A tree fell on a stationery vehicle and there was a blackout in the city after the hailstorm hit, killing 8-
year-old Marcella Kalowekamo as she returned from school.

CAMBODIA: Authorities have begun a mass killing of ducks after confirming a fresh outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus. The cull comes after more than 15,000
ducks died last week in the southern province of Takeo and samples tested positive on Tuesday for the H1N1 virus, commonly known as bird flu, said Kao Phal, an
official of the Agriculture Ministry. He said the sale of duck meat and its transport from the affected villages would be banned. So far there have been no signs of
human infection from the ducks, the official said on Wednesday.

THAILAND: It took over fifty firefighters three hours to bring a blaze at a recycling center in Wichit under control last night. The blaze started at about 7:40pm at the
Naka Recycle warehouse, located just north of the turnoff to Wat Naka on Chao Fa East Road. A total of 18 fire engines rushed to the scene.

PERU: Floods caused by River Ramis, in Puno, after severe rains, hail and snow, have left a total of more than 11,000 affected people, according to the latest report
of Peru's Civil Defense System (Indeci). According to Indeci's data, more than 38,000 hectares of agricultural land have been affected, more than 2,000 houses
collapsed and 994 have severe damages. The most affected district is Taraco, in Huancané, with more than 7,000 affected residents.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 2nd February 2010

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea Tuesday but there was no immediate tsunami warning. 3
hours later another 6.2-magnitude quake struck in the same location.

INDIA: Around 30 people were injured in a fire that broke out on the top floor of the Park Hospital here on Tuesday morning. Fire engines and rescue operations
were immediately rushed to the Park Hospital. All patients were shifted to a nearby hospital. The injured include patients, nurses and other hospital staff menbers. A
fire officer said : "The flames had been brought under control. The priority was to ensure that all those inside the hospital were rescued." A police official said around
eight patients were rescued from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. It is suspected that a short circuit might have led to the eruption of fire.

SPAIN: Canary Islands - The regional government in the Canary Islands has issued a "Level II" emergency warning because of the torrential rain that has fallen
across the islands today, with particularly heavy downpours in Tenerife. The heavy rain has flooded houses, offices, shops and roads, leaving many main roads
closed to traffic altogether and it has caused a number of power cuts, leaving over 25,000 people, mainly in Tenerife, without any electricity tonight. The regional
education ministry has closed schools across the islands tomorrow as the government's emergency plan comes into operation.

Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 1st February 2010

VIETNAM: Forty-five people were hospitalised for acute diarrhoea last week in An Phu General Hospital, An Giang Province, seven of whom tested positive for the
vibrio cholera bacteria, according to a Ministry of Health report on Friday. Director of the Preventive Medicine and Environment Department under the ministry
Nguyen Huy Nga said that the seven patients who tested positive were from Cambodia.

INDONESIA: Forty-five people were hospitalised for acute diarrhoea last week in An Phu General Hospital, An Giang Province, seven of whom tested positive for
the vibrio cholera bacteria, according to a Ministry of Health report on Friday. Director of the Preventive Medicine and Environment Department under the ministry
Nguyen Huy Nga said that the seven patients who tested positive were from Cambodia.

EU MIC HAITI REPORT: The Haitian Government reports that some 340,000 people have now left Port-au-Prince. Food and shelter remain the priorities for
assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in need. Health priorities include mobile clinics for first aid, psychosocial support and post-operative care. Cases of
tetanus have been reported. Suspected cases of measles were confirmed as chicken pox. Today 2 staff from SITCEN arrive in PAP (one from EUMS) to liaise with
the Joint Operations Task Centre. Today a group of 4 staff from DG ECHO-DEV-RELEX arrives in PAP to start preparing the PDNA and a EUR 100 M aid
programme. The EU Civil Protection Team (EUCPT) will brief them and join in the assessment on 02 February. Italy will send 1000 tents (for 10 persons each) to
Port au Price (PAP) with 3 flights. The first aircraft will be leaving Italy with 330 tents at 1200L hrs today. With the flight Italy will send staff to put up the tents in
Haiti. EUCPT facilitated meetings between the Italian team and the shelter and logistics cluster. The Hungarian governmental medical team finished its activities on 31
January and will fly back on 02 February with a Swedish military aircraft. EUCPT facilitated transportation of equipment of HU team before the flight. Swedish
aircraft transporting the IHP base camp extension from 200 to 300 people is scheduled to arrive in PAP on 02 February at 1300 hrs UTC. The consignee of the goods
will be WFP. This is a joint module of SE, DK, NO, EE and FI. A Belgian military aircraft will leave for Haiti on 03 February in order to fly back Belgian medical
personnel on site (about 30 people). With this flight, Belgian Red Cross will possibly send to Haiti 110-140 tents and medicinal substances with the flight to PAP. This
offer will be channelled through BE/HT Red Cross system. EU co-financing for transport of assistance or approved so far reached EUR 3.6 million.

INDONESIA should have read - Bird flu killed around 5,500 chickens in Purbalingga district, Central Java, during January 2010, a local official said. Some 5,000
dead chickens were found at Tumanggal village and 500 at Pasunggingan village, both in Pengadegan sub district, Purbalingga, Hartono, head of the Purbalingga
animal husbandry office, said here on Monday. The local authorities have conducted measures such as insecticide spraying, rapid test and vaccination to prevent the
bird flu or H5N1 virus from spreading to wider areas
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