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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 30th June 2010

ROMANIA: Authorities say ten people have died and three are missing after heavy rains and flooding in northeastern Romania. Emergency situations spokeswoman
Dorina Lupu from Botosani county says torrential rains on Monday night led to floods that killed six people, most from the town of Dorohoi. She says a 15-year-old
boy is missing, and hundreds of people have been temporarily evacuated. In the neighboring county of Suceava, authorities said Tuesday that four people died
overnight in the flooding and two are missing. Bridges and roads have been damaged, crops have been washed away and hundreds of houses are affected. Romania's
rail link to neighboring Ukraine has been shut down and dozens of villages have no electricity.

MEXICO: A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey says. The quake, which hit at 0222 local time
(0722 GMT), also rattled buildings in Mexico City, some 355km (220 miles) away, sending people on to the streets. Civil protection officials in the Mexican capital
said they had not had any initial reports of casualties. The quake's epicentre was 120km (75 miles) west-south-west of the city of Oaxaca, the USGS said.

CHINA: Inner Mongolia - China's Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said Monday anti-fire measures should be ramped up given increasing fire risks caused by high
temperatures. Focus should be placed on the accountability mechanism on forest fire prevention, and strengthening fire monitoring and early warning, according to
Hui. The direction was made after a forest fire broke out Saturday in the Greater Hinggan Mountains in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and has continued to
spread as of Monday. Hui urged relevant authorities to extinguish the fires quickly and ensure the safety of locals and fire fighters. As of Monday, more than 7,000
people from both Heilongjiang and another 3,000 from Inner Mongolia have been battling the fires. China's National Forest Fire Prevention Headquarters issued a red
alert Monday, the highest warning for forest fires, due to unusually high temperatures in north China and possible lightning strikes in the next two days.

GULF OF MEXICO: The first hurricane of the Atlantic season is posing a big threat to efforts to stop the massive leak of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Alex
has already led to the suspension of the British energy giant, BP's, clean-up effort. The hurricane is packing powerful winds and generating waves up to 12ft high.
The oil-skimming ships have been ordered to stay in port and residents are bracing for yet another setback.

ENGLAND: An oil worker is found dead after a fire and explosion at a refinery in North East Lincolnshire, it is confirmed.

CONGO: The World Health Organization (WHO) has received preliminary reports of 5 suspected cases, including 3 deaths, with acute haemorrhagic fever from
Mokouangonda, an isolated forest village of about 100 inhabitants in Mokoke district, Region of Sangha, in northern Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville). The 3 deaths
were among male forest hunters from Mokouangonda who presented similar symptoms of epistaxis (nose bleeds), bloody diarrhoea, cough, and fever prior to deaths
after a 1-2 week long hunting expedition in the Odzala National Park.

SAUDI ARABIA: A flash flood submerges a main street in a town in Jizan Tuesday. Heavy rains accompanied by high winds struck across the southern province,
with the areas of Faifa, Al-Aaridha, Al-Harth and Al-Aidabi being the hardest hit. Electric storms caused power cuts and many roads were blocked by rockfalls. No
casualties were reported, but Civil Defense officials asked the public to proceed with extreme caution in the hazardous conditions.

CHINA: A space shuttle simulator ride plunged to the ground, killing six people and injuring another 10 at a popular south China amusement park, state media reported
on Wednesday. Survivors said there was a power cut and they heard a loud explosion moments before the drop, reported on Wednesday. Five of those injured in the
Tuesday accident are still in a serious condition, the paper added. The "space flight" attraction at Overseas Chinese Town East aimed to give riders in 11 four-person
cabins the experience of a rocket launch. The cause of the accident is under investigation, and part of the amusement park in the coastal city of Shenzhen has been
shut down for safety checks, said a local official Xiao Wenhong saying.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 29th June 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 28th June 2010

SENEGAL:   At least 11 people have died in Senegal after the terrace where they were watching a World Cup football match collapsed, police say. A large group of
people had gathered at the home of the local head of the national electricity company to see the game on TV, Senegalese radio said. The collapse happened as the fans
watched the Uruguay-South Korea match on Saturday in Matam, northern Senegal.

GULF OF MEXICO: BP has said the cost of cleaning up the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has now reached $2.65bn (£1.76bn). The oil giant said this included the
cost of the spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states and claims paid. The total has risen to an average of $100m a day over the past three
days - the highest daily average so far.

GHANA: At least 30 but as many as 50 people are feared to have been killed after heavy rains flooded a mining pit in central Ghana, local media reported on Sunday.
The incident happened on Sunday at a mining pit in Akyempem, near Dunkwa-on-Ofin in the Upper Denkyira District of central Ghana.

PAKISTAN: Eighteen people were killed and at least 40 injured in a tanker blast near Halanaka grid station, in Hyderabad on Sunday. The explosion took place in a
chemical tanker parked outside a scrap depot.

CYPRUS: The Fire Brigade remains on alert in the village of Pygenia following a massive brush fire. Authorities battled through the night to put the blaze on all fronts,
with helicopters and other aircraft dropping water over the scorched areas to ensure no embers were left. Saturdays fire ripped through the whole village, tearing
through gardens before reaching the Paphos Forest. The head of the Forestry Department told CyBC that the fire seems to have started outside a field in Mansoura
village, before spreading. According to reports, two square kilometres of pines and wild flora were destroyed by the fire, which left six forestry department firemen
and one police man needing medical treatment for breathing problems. Meanwhile, community leaders of Kato Pyrgos and Pygenia, condemned the state services for
their handling of the blaze. The Cyprus Greens Party also laid the blame on the government, stressing that the necessary measures were not taken due to financial
costs.

PACIFIC COAST: In eastern El Salvador, on Central America's Pacific coast, two people drowned when they were carried away by strong currents near San Miguel,
while more than 500 people were evacuated to shelters from high-risk areas.

ATLANTIC STORM: The first major storm of the Atlantic season on Sunday barrelled across the Yucatan Peninsula, after unleashing landslides and floods that killed
at least eight people in Nicaragua. Downgraded to a tropical depression, Alex was expected to re-strengthen as it heads back out over the Gulf of Mexico, possibly
disrupting operations to contain and clean up the BP oil spill. Officials in Nicaragua told reporters the bodies of six people had been found in or around the northern
city of Esteli, swept to their deaths by torrents from the swollen San Lucas river.

CHINA: At least 100 people are buried or trapped by a landslide triggered by heavy rain in south-west China, state media report.

Lest we forget: 28th June 1960 - At least 37 men are killed in a gas explosion at a coal mine in Monmouthshire, Wales.

Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 27th June 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 26th June 2010

INDONESIA: (True tragedy) Ten people were killed in a fire that raced through a packed nightclub in Indonesia's second largest city, including a mother and the
baby she apparently gave birth to during the tragedy. An Australian and a Japanese national also were among the dead, said police Lt. Col. Bahagia Dachi. Some
witnesses told officers a spark from a cigarette triggered the Friday blaze. The Redboxx Cafe erupted in flames at 3:30am as hundreds of people filled the club in
downtown Surabaya, some to watch the World Cup football game. It took firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under control. Dachi said five victims were in
critical condition at local hospital. A mother who apparently gave birth during the fire and the baby were both found dead, he said. Trauma can sometimes induce
labour. Dachi said the death toll could rise because rescuers were still searching for possible victims under the collapsed roof of the cafe on the second floor. He
added police had identified the bodies of two men as 36-year-old Japanese Yoshifumi Ciba, and Peter Lee, a 35-year-old Australian. Both worked at Indonesian
companies.  

ENGLAND: Hampshire - Thousands of homes in Portsmouth have been left without power after a fire broke out at an electricity substation. About 47,000 customers
were affected by the fire at the substation in Warblington Street, Old Portsmouth, at about 0140 BST.
The fire was brought under control at 0621 BST, although hazardous chemicals delayed engineers making repairs.

USA: Colarado - A wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park dramatically increased in size Friday to 200 acres, ground crews said. Smoke from the Cow
Creek Fire was visible across metro Denver and north to the Wyoming state line Friday evening. The fire was first reported as three to five acres in size by park
officials Thursday, burning one mile south of Mount Dickinson, roughly seven miles from the nearest road. Officials said it is roughly six miles west of Glen Haven in
the West Creek drainage in the North Fork area of the park. The fire is located in heavy timber in a remote area.

Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 25th June 2010

ENGLAND: Twenty-eight people have been injured in an explosion at a frozen food distribution centre in Staffordshire. One man suffered severe burns to his arms in
the incident in a compressor room at Brakes in Bonehill Road, Tamworth, at about 1150 BST. The explosion caused a chemical leak which left another 27 people
requiring treatment.

IVORY COAST: Landslides in Abidjan caused by torrential rains killed up to 11 people on Thursday, Ivory Coast officials said. "We have counted 11 dead," General
Fiacre Kili, head of the National Civil Protection Office, told reporters. Another local official, Sam Etiasse, said nine people had died in the disaster, after giving an
earlier toll of eight dead.  

CANADA: Saskatchewan - Fire crews are keeping pace with forest fires in Saskatchewan's north. As of Thursday morning 78 fires were burning, 60 of those
reported by the La Ronge fire centre. La Ronge is about 400 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon. Officials said one fire was threatening the Hall Lake reserve of the
Lac La Ronge Indian Band, which is west of La Ronge. Flames were spotted about 11 kilometres away and water bombers and helicopters were used Wednesday
evening to douse the fire. Fire crews also worked into the night to create break lines outside of the community. Officials said Thursday that they were working on
evacuation plans, in case people needed to leave Hall Lake.

SERBIA: The public waterworks company Beogradvode has introduced emergency flood defenses along the Sava, Danube and Kolubara rivers. The emergency flood
defense applies to the Sava River, the Danube River upstream from the confluence and their tributaries in the territory of the city of Belgrade. The order also applies
to the Kolubara River and its tributaries, southwest of Belgrade. Torrential rains of the past week caused the latest surge in water levels on Serbia's rivers, said
reports. Although the Sava River is already over the 600-centimeter mark in Belgrade, while the Danube has crossed its 650 centimeters set as regular flood defense
point, Beogradvode said that the waters will further rise.

Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 24th June 2010

SPAIN: A high-speed train passing through a Spanish railway station has hit a group of young people crossing the tracks, killing at least 12 people. The train was
travelling through Castelldefels Playa station near Barcelona when the incident occurred. At least 14 other people were injured, three critically, officials said.

CANADA: Thousands of people fled their offices and homes when an earthquake struck the Canadian capital Ottawa. The magnitude five quake interrupted a live
news conference and was felt as far away as New York City in the US, but there were no reports of injuries or major damage.

GULF OF MEXICO: BP says it has reinstalled a containment cap on its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico after an accident unleashed a torrent of oil. BP was
forced to remove the cap after an underwater robot bumped into the venting system.

LEBANON: A six-storey aluminum factory collapsed on Thursday in a northern suburb of Beirut, trapping three people under the rubble, two of whom remain
missing, a civil defence official said.

Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 23rd June 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 22nd June 2010

ENGLAND: Hampshire (On my doorstep!) - A clean-up operation continues after oil washed up on to two miles (3.2km) of Hampshire coastline when a pipeline
leaked.

EGYPT: Environmental activists said Monday that an oil spill off the coast of Egypt's Red Sea is continuing even after the government said it had been contained,
leaving turtles and sea birds covered in oil. Government spokesman Magdy Rady told the state news agency Monday that the spill, which began last week, was
"limited" and has now largely been contained. It was one of the first government acknowledgments that the spill was even taking place. An environmental group
based in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada told the Associated Press that the government was trying to cover up the extent of the damage and the leak had
restarted.

PERU: Some 300 to 400 barrels of oil were spilled today in the Maraton river, in the amazonic region of Loreto, according to a spokesperson from Pluspetrol. The oil
spill took place near the town of Urarinas, in Saramuro, near the border with Ecuador, and Pluspetrol reports that they have already started their contingency plan.
Daniel Guerra, an executive from Pluspetrol, said that the spilled oil was part of a shipment of 5,000 barrels that were being transported in the ship "Sanam 3," that
had an accident while in the port of Saramuro.

TONGA: The Torrential rains of early Sunday in Lome have led to a serious flooding in parts of the Togolese capital, preventing inhabitants from attending to their
daily chores. In Nyekonakpoe, western district of the capital, water overflowing the lagoon flooded the streets and houses. In Tokoin Gbadago, a district in central
Lome, houses were flooded, forcing inhabitants to vacate their homes with few important household items to seek shelter elsewhere.  

CONGO: About 60 people have been killed in a train crash in the south of Congo-Brazzaville, officials have said. The head of the rail operator, Chemin de Fer Congo-
Ocean (CFCO), said it occurred on Monday night about 60km (37 miles) from the city of Pointe-Noire. The train is believed to have derailed as it went round a
corner in a remote area between Bilinga and Tchitondi, throwing four carriages into a ravine.

BRASIL: Floods have engulfed two states in north-east Brazil, leaving about 1,000 people missing and forcing at least 100,000 to flee their homes. At least 38 people
are known to have died so far in Alagoas and Pernambuco. Correspondents say the floods, brought on by nearly a week of rain, have washed away entire villages.
The governor of Alagoas, Teotonio Vilela Filho, said bodies were being washed up on beaches and riverbanks.

Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 21st June 2010

USA: Arizona - Two raging wildfires have threatened the Arizona city of Flagstaff and forced homes to be evacuated. Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the
blazes, the larger of which has burned close to 9,000 acres. Residents of several hundred homes remain under evacuation orders. No serious injuries or property
damage have been reported.

CHINA: At least 46 have been killed in a mine explosion in China's Henan province, state media report. Rescue workers rescued 26 trapped workers after the blast at
a mine near Pingdingshan city, Xinhua news reported.

INDIA: At least 35 people were taken ill - some of them fell unconscious - today after chlorine gas leaked from a cylinder of urban water supply department here.
The affected persons included some school children, women and employees of the drinking water supply department.

CANADA: BC -  A wildfire raging in central B.C., west of Prince George, has residents on alert for a possible evacuation. The Greer Creek fire was sparked on
Friday, and has grown to an estimated size of about 7,400 acres. On Sunday night, authorities expanded the evacuation alert to an area south of Nulki Lake. The
Regional District of Bulkey Nechako warns residents who live within the alert boundary to be prepared to leave the area if an evacuation is called. Sixty firefighters
are battling the blaze, with support from three helicopters and two groups of air tankers that are dropping fire retardant on the flames. Smoke is visible in nearby
communities and roads have been closed.

JAPAN: An explosive eruption at Mt. Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture on Sunday afternoon was the 549th this year, a new annual record, the local meteorological
observatory said. A second explosive eruption occurred later in the day, the 550th this year, it said. Given that the volcano has erupted roughly twice as frequently
since last year, the number of explosive eruptions could reach 1,000 this year, according to the observatory.

GHANA: Eleven people are feared dead after yesterday's torrential rainfall that hit most part of Greater Accra region and other parts of the country including Tamale.
While nine people are reported dead at Ashaiman, two other deaths were recorded in Accra as confirmed by the National Disaster Management Organization
(NADMO). The rain, which apparently started at midnight on Sunday and ended late afternoon in most parts of the region, trigged power outages in nearly all parts of
Tema and Ashaiman. This was because some of the electricity poles in the area were either uprooted or destroyed by the downpour, with trees and flooding blocking
roads.  

Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 20th June 2010

CRISIS MANAGEMENT: Australia mining chiefs missing over Cameroon and Congo. Fears are growing for the safety of several Australian mining executives whose
plane has gone missing flying from Cameroon to Republic of Congo. Nine passengers were on board, including one of Australia's richest men - mining magnate Ken
Talbot. The group set off from the Cameroonian capital Yaounde on Saturday to visit iron ore projects in Yangadou, a remote area in Congo. Cameroon's military is
leading a ground and air search over dense forest. The plane the men were travelling on was chartered by the Australian mining company, Sundance Resources. Ken
Talbot, one of Australia's richest men, is amongst the missing The area they were visiting includes the Mbalam project which straddles Cameroon and Congo - where
Sundance Resources is hoping to extract 35 million tonnes of iron ore a year. "We are seriously concerned about their safety and well-being," AFP news agency
quotes Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith as saying. Sundance Resources said after it was reported that the plane had not landed on Saturday its efforts had
been focussed on co-ordinating with the authorities in Cameroon, Congo and neighbouring Gabon. "Weather conditions at site are currently favourable and a
comprehensive multi-national air and ground search effort commenced at 1000 local time on Sunday," the company said in a statement. "All operations at site have
been suspended, with all in-country resources dedicated to this search and rescue effort." A UK Foreign Office spokesman said staff in Cameroon were trying to
establish who was on the plane, after news agency reports suggested two Britons were among the passengers. "We are aware of the reports and are investigating.
Our embassy staff in Cameroon have been in touch with the Australian Consulate."

USA: Arizona - Authorities say they are questioning one person about a wildfire that has burned 400 acres and prompted evacuations south of downtown Flagstaff.
Coconino County sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair says that person is not considered a suspect. The Hardy Fire broke out about 1:30 p.m. today behind the Little
America Hotel and has burned about 400 acres. It quickly worked its way up the hill and is threatening homes in two neighborhoods. The fire sent billows of smoke
through east Flagstaff and across Interstate 40, prompting an hourlong closure of three off ramps near the hotel. The interstate remained open but traffic was moving
slowly as drivers faced reduced visibility.

CHINA: More than 130 people die and 800,000 are evacuted after flooding caused by torrential rain in southern China.

USA: Illinois - About 128,000 Commonwealth Edison customers remain without power Saturday afternoon, and some will have to be in the dark for at least another
day, after powerful storms downed power lines throughout the Chicago area. At 4:30 p.m., about 128,000 customers remained without power -- mostly in Chicago
and the northern suburbs, according to ComEd spokesman Jeff Burdick. About 43,000 customers are without power in the city and about 44,000 in the northern
suburbs. In the southern suburbs, about 23,000 people were without power and in the western suburbs about 18,000 customers remained in the dark. ComEd crews
have already restored power to about 420,000 customers and about 300 crews remain in the field working to restore power to the remainder of the customers. The
majority of customers still without power are expected to have service restored by Sunday night, ComEd spokesman Krissy Posey said. North suburban Des Plaines
was one of the hardest hit areas, and ComEd officials toured damaged facilities that included almost 30 high-voltage transmission poles “mangled� by high
winds and other electric utility equipment, a ComEd release said.

Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 19th June 2010

KYRGYZSTAN: The UN announces a flash appeal for Kyrgyzstan, where it says some 400,000 people have been displaced by inter-ethnic fighting.

BANGLADESH: Up to 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to arsenic from drinking water in recent decades, according to a study in The Lancet.

CHINA: There are fears earthquakes could strike parts of China in the coming days as dozens of sinkholes continue to emerge across the country. A toilet at one
home was swallowed-up in the country's central Hunan Province, while just days earlier a giant sinkhole engulfed an entire school playground. There has also been
traffic chaos across the country as roads continue to sink into the ground. Geologists say the holes are caused by recent heavy rains, after a prolonged drought in the
country.  

BRAZIL: At least seven people, including five members of the same family, died as a result of the rains pouring down on the eastern Brazilian city of Recife over the
last few days, authorities said Friday. The worst tragedy occurred on Thursday night in a poor neighborhood on the city’s north side, where a mudslide buried a
couple and their three children ages 3, 5 and 12. The other two fatalities, a 1-year-old boy and an adult, were also buried under different mudslides in the Dois Unidos
neighborhood, where firefighters are searching for a missing 7-month-old baby. Storms in northeastern Brazil’s biggest city also left at least two injured and 250
homeless, and forced the municipality to declare a state of maximum alert. Since Thursday, there have been 36 mudslides in the city, officials said.

Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 18th June 2010

CHINA: At least 42 people have died and 36 are missing after torrential downpours in southern China triggered heavy floods, and authorities have warned of more
rain to come, state media said Wednesday. More than 100,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes due to the floods, which damaged 7,000 houses and
caused economic losses of 830 million yuan (120 million dollars).

SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town - Disaster teams in World Cup host city Cape Town were mopping up on Wednesday after floods and a blaze hit more than 2,100
shack dwellers. The teams were placed on high alert at the weekend for bad weather that saw heavy rains, gale force winds, very cold conditions, widespread
snowfalls and rough seas, the city said in a statement.

IRAQ: A gas pipe explosion taking place near a hunting club western Baghdad resulted in the poisoning of at least 60 Iraqis. An Iraqi source said that the victims were
transferred to Al Yarmouk hospital following a chloral pipe explosion that took place Wednesday night near the club located at Al Amirat Street at Al Mansoura
neighborhood. An Iraqi police officer said that a driver of a heavy duty vehicle used for drilling accidentally pumped into the pipe as he was lifting waste. The chloral
leak along with the fire that followed the explosion left many residents chocking and poisoned. The incident brings back to memory previous chloral explosions that
took place at Al Taji area and along Baghdad's entrances.

USA: North Carolina - A derailed train spilled 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel near Pisgah National Forest west of here on Thursday. Norfolk Southern officials said they
were working to mitigate the environmental damage from the morning spill, and they are still trying to determine the cause of the accident. The derailment happened
at about 5:40 a.m. in the Mill Creek area eight miles west of Old Fort in McDowell County.

TAIWAN: About 1,000 people feared dead following a mudslide in Taiwan have been found alive, officials reported Wednesday. The mudslide engulfed several
remote villages after Typhoon Morakot pummeled the island with more than two metres of rain over the weekend. Officials said many people from the villages appear
to have scrambled up the slopes to higher ground before the mud and rock covered their homes.

INDONESIA: Indonesian troops delivered aid Thursday to thousands of villagers left homeless by a powerful earthquake which killed two people and destroyed
hundreds of homes. The 7.1-magnitude quake rattled the northern coast of Papua province on Wednesday and left nine villages on Yapen island in ruins, officials said.

COLOMBIA: An explosion at a coal mine in Colombia kills at least 16 workers with about 70 still trapped, officials say.

LEST WE FORGET: 18th June 1972 - UK's worst aircrash kills 118. All 118 people on board a flight from London Heathrow to Brussels died when the airliner
crashed minutes after take-off. The British European Airways plane came down in a field in Staines, missing the town centre by just a few hundred yards. It is the
worst disaster in British aviation history until December 1988 when a Pan Am jet was bombed over Lockerbie. An interesting case study in aviation disasters as the
aircraft involved had been rebuilt after an accident in 1968. The aircraft had a number of control issues yet the pilot was said to be at blame and some evidence
suggested he had a heart attack during the take off. The media on this occasion focused on the 'ghouls' that turned up to sightsee and pulled tricks like pretending to
be the police to get passenger manifests. Interestingly the government papers relating to the crash were declared secret and excluded from public release for 50 years
rather than the standard 30 years.

Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 17th June 2010

FRANCE: Up to 15 people have been killed by flash floods in south-eastern France, officials say. A number of others were reported missing after torrential rain hit the
mountains above the Cote D'Azur region on Tuesday. A number of towns in the department of Var were affected, with hundreds of homes flooded.

USA: Florida - Crane collapse in docks initiates major fire response.

HUNGARY: Gale-force winds (80-90 Km/h) destroyed 315 hectares of woods and heavily damaged 320 hectares as they swept across Szabolcs, Hajdú and Jász
counties on Monday afternoon. In Hajdú county 1,580 buildings and 40 local authority properties were damaged in four municipalities. There is no drinking water in
the town of Balkány in Szabolcs county, nor does the sewage pump operate after high winds knocked out the power supply.

ENGLAND: A company has been convicted of health and safety breaches in relation to the Buncefield oil depot explosion in Hertfordshire in December 2005.
Motherwell Control Systems 2003, Liverpool, was convicted at St Albans Crown Court of failing to ensure employees were not exposed to risks. The jury at St
Albans Crown Court is considering its verdict in the case of TAV engineering of Guildford. The blast injured 43 people and homes and businesses were destroyed.
Motherwell Control Systems, of Castle Street, which is in voluntary liquidation, was not represented at the court. The explosion, which measured 2.4 on the Richter
scale and could be heard 125 miles away, happened after a massive vapour cloud ignited when 250,000 litres of petrol leaked from a tank, the court heard.

IVORY COAST: A stampede at a peace concert in Ivory Coast has killed at least two people, medical workers say. The workers tolds AFP news agency that staff at
a stadium in Bouake allowed a big crowd in during the concert by Ivorian reggae musician Alpha Blondy. A further 20 people were reportedly injured in the crush.

USA: Ohio - .... A 62ft (19m) tall statue of Jesus outside a church in the US state of Ohio has burned down after being struck by lightning. The frame is all that
remains of the wood, polystyrene and fibreglass statue, which was hit on Monday night.

INDONESIA: At least three people die after three powerful earthquakes strike Indonesia, briefly triggering a tsunami warning.

BANGLADESH: Landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 53 people in south-east Bangladesh. Dozens of people are missing and a number of
houses are buried under mud, the authorities say. Most of the deaths have occurred in the beach resort of Cox's Bazar. Five deaths have been reported from
neighbouring Banderban district.

NETHERLANDS: More than a dozen people were injured after an explosion destroyed several homes in southwest the Netherlands on Wednesday, police and local
media reported. The blast happened around noon local time in Dordrecht, a city in the Dutch province of South Holland. It sparked at large fire inside the complex,
which left at least 13 people injured. Eight homes were reportedly destroyed. Some of the victims were treated by medics on the scene, while eight were transported
to a local hospital. Emergency services have declared level 2 of the Coordinated Regional Incident-Management Procedure (GRIP). A vehicle belonging to the fire
department was reportedly involved in an accident while en-route to the incident.

USA: Nebraska - Flood waters hit Norfolk, Nebraska hard, taking a bridge and possibly at least one life. Jeremy Maskel was the first reporter on scene and got an
early look at rescue operations. Dozens of rescuers took to area bridges, the Elkhorn River and the air searching for missing railroad workers. About 10 people at
Mateo Sand and Gravel watched the Nebraska Central Railroad trestle bridge collapse with three people on it.

CHINA: An explosion in a dormitory of a plant in northern China left seven workers dead and one injured, reported the Baoding city government. The explosion in the
four-story building is believed to have been caused by explosives that were being illegally held at the privately-owned slabstone plant in Yixian county, Hebei province.
Six workers were found dead in the collapsed building and and another died later in hospital, Zhang Gangqiang, deputy director of the Baoding government
information office, was quoted as saying.

Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 16th June 2010

FRANCE: Up to 15 people have been killed by flash floods in south-eastern France, officials say. A number of others were reported missing after torrential rain hit the
mountains above the Cote D'Azur region on Tuesday. A number of towns in the department of Var were affected, with hundreds of homes flooded.

USA: Florida - Crane collapse in docks initiates major fire response.

HUNGARY: Gale-force winds (80-90 Km/h) destroyed 315 hectares of woods and heavily damaged 320 hectares as they swept across Szabolcs, Hajdú and Jász
counties on Monday afternoon. In Hajdú county 1,580 buildings and 40 local authority properties were damaged in four municipalities. There is no drinking water in
the town of Balkány in Szabolcs county, nor does the sewage pump operate after high winds knocked out the power supply.

ENGLAND: A company has been convicted of health and safety breaches in relation to the Buncefield oil depot explosion in Hertfordshire in December 2005.
Motherwell Control Systems 2003, Liverpool, was convicted at St Albans Crown Court of failing to ensure employees were not exposed to risks. The jury at St
Albans Crown Court is considering its verdict in the case of TAV engineering of Guildford. The blast injured 43 people and homes and businesses were destroyed.
Motherwell Control Systems, of Castle Street, which is in voluntary liquidation, was not represented at the court. The explosion, which measured 2.4 on the Richter
scale and could be heard 125 miles away, happened after a massive vapour cloud ignited when 250,000 litres of petrol leaked from a tank, the court heard.

IVORY COAST: A stampede at a peace concert in Ivory Coast has killed at least two people, medical workers say. The workers tolds AFP news agency that staff at
a stadium in Bouake allowed a big crowd in during the concert by Ivorian reggae musician Alpha Blondy. A further 20 people were reportedly injured in the crush.

USA: Ohio - .... A 62ft (19m) tall statue of Jesus outside a church in the US state of Ohio has burned down after being struck by lightning. The frame is all that
remains of the wood, polystyrene and fibreglass statue, which was hit on Monday night.

INDONESIA: At least three people die after three powerful earthquakes strike Indonesia, briefly triggering a tsunami warning.

BANGLADESH: Landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 53 people in south-east Bangladesh. Dozens of people are missing and a number of
houses are buried under mud, the authorities say. Most of the deaths have occurred in the beach resort of Cox's Bazar. Five deaths have been reported from
neighbouring Banderban district.

NETHERLANDS: More than a dozen people were injured after an explosion destroyed several homes in southwest the Netherlands on Wednesday, police and local
media reported. The blast happened around noon local time in Dordrecht, a city in the Dutch province of South Holland. It sparked at large fire inside the complex,
which left at least 13 people injured. Eight homes were reportedly destroyed. Some of the victims were treated by medics on the scene, while eight were transported
to a local hospital. Emergency services have declared level 2 of the Coordinated Regional Incident-Management Procedure (GRIP). A vehicle belonging to the fire
department was reportedly involved in an accident while en-route to the incident.

USA: Nebraska - Flood waters hit Norfolk, Nebraska hard, taking a bridge and possibly at least one life. Jeremy Maskel was the first reporter on scene and got an
early look at rescue operations. Dozens of rescuers took to area bridges, the Elkhorn River and the air searching for missing railroad workers. About 10 people at
Mateo Sand and Gravel watched the Nebraska Central Railroad trestle bridge collapse with three people on it.

CHINA: An explosion in a dormitory of a plant in northern China left seven workers dead and one injured, reported the Baoding city government. The explosion in the
four-story building is believed to have been caused by explosives that were being illegally held at the privately-owned slabstone plant in Yixian county, Hebei province.
Six workers were found dead in the collapsed building and and another died later in hospital, Zhang Gangqiang, deputy director of the Baoding government
information office, was quoted as saying.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 15th June 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 14th June 2010

GULF OF MEXICO: US President Barack Obama says the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico will have the same impact on the US psyche as 9/11.

INDIA: Rescuers have retrieved 25 bodies from the Ganges river after an overloaded boat capsized, police in India's Uttar Pradesh state have said. The boat, carrying
about 60 people, capsized in Ballia district. Seventeen people swam to safety but others are still missing. Police said the boat was ferrying double its capacity of 30
people to a temple near Ballia. Boats in India are often overloaded, which leads to frequent incidents.

USA: California - Dozens of aftershocks have occurred in the California desert following two moderate earthquakes on Saturday night. The earthquakes occurred in
the Borrego Springs area, about 32 miles southeast of Palm Springs. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 4.8 earthquake followed by a 4.9 quake struck just
after 8 p.m. Those temblors were followed by more than three dozen smaller earthquakes, which have continued well into Sunday morning.

CANADA: BC - A landslide near Oliver, B.C., has closed a major highway and damaged five homes, RCMP said. Emergency workers evacuated the area and were
trying to determine whether occupants remained trapped inside any of the buildings. No injuries were reported. The landslide struck just before 3 p.m. It blocked
Highway 97 south of Oliver and left a swath of Testalinda Creek, a rural community, blanketed by as much as four metres of mud. At least one home was buried and
another was knocked off its foundation, according to James Cambridge, who works at a local winery.

USA: New Mexico - Gusting winds hampered firefighters' efforts to control four separate wildfires burning Saturday in Northern New Mexico forests. The latest
was discovered Friday night in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon on Bear Mountain. By
Saturday afternoon, the Tecolote Fire had grown to about 500 acres, and the U.S. Forest Service said it had ordered additional crews, engines and equipment to the
scene, described as steep, rugged terrain in a deep canyon.

USA: Utah - Chevron Corp said on Sunday that operations at its 45,000 barrel per day (bpd) Salt Lake City refinery were unaffected by a crude pipeline shut on
Saturday due to a leak into a creek that feeds Utah's Great Salt Lake. The 10-inch (25-cm) pipeline, which carries mid-grade crude to the refinery north of Salt Lake
City, was shut on Saturday morning after oil was discovered leaking from it into Red Butte Creek, which is part of a system of waterways feeding Utah's Great Salt
Lake, said a fire department spokesman.

Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 13th June 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 12th June 2010

From Interschutz, Leipzig, Germany on the edge of a central European heat wave. Record temperatures in Croatia, Czech Republic and Austria have been causing
major health concerns.

USA: Arkansas - At least 16 people have died in the US state of Arkansas after floodwaters hit campsites in a mountainous national park, state governor Mike Beebe
says. Two dozen people were taken to hospital and some 30 others remained unaccounted for. Helicopters are taking part in the search in a remote, mountainous area
in the state's south-west.

CHINA: About 30 people in central China's Hubei Province, including 16 children, have been diagnosed with excessive lead levels in their blood, local authorities and a
victim said. The suspected pollution source, Hubei Jitong Battery Co. in an industrial park in Chongyang County, has been ordered to halt production, the county
government said in a statement. Two employees at the battery plant were first diagnosed with lead poisoning. This prompted more than ten residents living near the
plant to be tested and later five employees and children were found with excessive lead levels.

Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 11th June 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 10th June 2010

AUSTRIA: Austria is set to beat southern holiday hotspots like Spain and Italy as African desert winds bring tropical heat to the Alpine country. Temperatures ranged
around 32 degrees centigrade over the past few days after massive rainfalls led to floods in several areas across the country last month. Experts at Vienna's Centre
for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) announced today (Weds) the rest of the week will remain extraordinarily hot and stifling, with temperatures reaching a
whopping 37 degrees centigrade on Friday. Meteorologists further said the weekend will be warm and sunny too with a higher chance of thunderstorms. Dozens of
roofs and cars in Lower Austria's St. Palten district and the province's Waldviertel area were meanwhile badly damaged last night when a thunderstorm brought golf
ball size hail. More than 200 firemen were kept busy for hours pumping out flooded basements and clearing streets of trees felled by lightning. Electrical storms
disrupted flights in Europe.

USA: Operators at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant declared an "unusual event" today as a result of a small chemical spill. The event began at 11:12 a.m. when
sodium hydroxide, a chemical commonly used as a drain cleaner, spilled in the west side of the plant's turbine building, which houses the plant's two electrical
generators. The spill was contained and cleaned up by 12:41 p.m. No one was injured and the plant continues to operate at full power.

USA: A spring of decreased productivity for Dominion Virginia Power's nuclear reactors in the state is continuing, this time with the emergency shutdown of one of
the two reactors at the utility's Surry facility. Yesterday's shutdown means three of the utility's four nuclear reactors in Virginia are running either not at all or at less
than full power. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Surry's Unit 1 was shut down yesterday morning after an electrical problem led to several valve
failures, setting off a reactor trip.

USA: The outbreak of salmonella cases in Illinois linked to Subway restaurants is spreading. To date, there are now 68 confirmed cases, of which 24 had been
hospitalized. People with the illness reported eating at Subway locations in central Illinois 24 counties, including in Knox, Warren and Bureau. Local health
departments are participating in the state-wide investigation and are hearing plenty of concerns from Subway customers.

Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 9th June 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 8th June 2010

INDIA: India says the Bhopal gas leak case remains open and former Union Carbide head Warren Anderson still faces charges.

BUSY IN THE USA TODAY:

GULF OF MEXICO: Tests have shown that underwater oil plumes have travelled at least 40 miles from a leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, the US government
says. Scientists noted that concentrations of oil in the plumes were "very low." Meanwhile, US Coast Guard chief Thad Allen has said a containment cap placed on a
blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico last week is helping to contain more of the leaking oil.

USA: General Motors is recalling 1.4m vehicles, sold mostly in the US, because of a risk of fire in the heated washer system.

USA: Colarado - Xcel Power says it could be tomorrow before investigators determine the cause of an explosion at a substation in east Denver. Power should be
restored to more than 31,000 customers by morning, said the utility's spokesman, Tom Henley. But determining a cause may take longer than that. “We haven't
ruled out anything, he said at about 9 p.m.

USA: New York - Hazardous material was spilled in a Stevens Institute of Technology building in Hoboken yesterday . The spill forced an evacuation of the whole
building. The problem occurred when a chemical was not properly disposed of and it leaked into a garbage can. The chemical caused respiratory distress for several
in the surrounding area. Hoboken Fire Department haz-mat unit responded and removed the material.

USA: Long Island - A fishing boat dredging for clams off New York's Long Island pulled up 10 canisters, including one that broke open and released an unidentified
chemical that caused two crew members to blister and struggle to breathe, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday. The ESS Pursuit took the sickened crew members
back to its New Bedford, Mass., port, where emergency medical workers rushed them to St. Luke's Hospital on Monday morning. One was transferred to
Massachusetts General Hospital for further treatment after his condition worsened, Fire Chief Brian Faria said. The other was released in the afternoon, St. Luke's
Hospital spokeswoman Joyce Brennan said. The crew of six caught the canisters in their nets Sunday about 45 miles south of Long Island but dumped them back
into the ocean when one crew member began developing blisters. It was several hours after he had been exposed to the contents of the container that had broken
open, Coast Guard spokesman Jeff Hall said.

USA: Texas - A large natural gas line in north Texas erupted Monday after utility workers accidentally hit the line, sending a massive fireball into the air and leaving
one worker missing hours after the blast, officials said. Johnson County Emergency Coordinator Jack Snow said searchers were scouring the charred area around
the damaged line looking for the missing person. Thirteen other workers who were also at the site were accounted for, and there were no known fatalities, he said.
The missing worker had just gotten down from a machine drilling utility pole holes when the line suddenly exploded.

Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 7th June 2010

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Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 6th June 2010

GULF OF MEXICO: BP's latest bid to cap a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is now capturing more than half the estimated leak, it tells the BBC.

SOUTH AFRICA: Thirteen people have been injured and one policeman seriously hurt after a crush outside a South African ground hosting a World Cup warm-up
game.

USA: Tornadoes and thunderstorms sweep through Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, killing seven people, US officials say.

UGANDA: Hundreds of people on Sigulu Island on Lake Victoria have fled their homes this week [week ending 4 Jun 2010] due to an outbreak of a strange disease.
Field reports indicate that at least 2 people have been killed by the strange disease and more than 20 have been admitted to Uganda and Kenyan hospitals. Dr. Stephen
Kirya, the Bugiri district health officer, says some of the people who have fled from their homes are displaced within Bugiri town council. The strange disease broke
out on the Island last week. The victims complain of stomach pains, headache and diarrhea. The doctors say the outbreak of this strange disease is not cholera.

Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 5th June 2010

GULF OF MEXICO: BP's latest effort to stem the Gulf of Mexico oil spill captured 6,000 barrels in 24 hours, a US official says, raising hopes of success.

PAKISTAN: At least 25 people have been injured and hundreds of uncemented and mud houses have collapsed due to heavy downpours which started to lash
Gwadar, Jiwani, Ormara, Pasni, Turbat and other coastal regions of Balochistan from the last night. Shakil Ahmed, a local journalist in Gwadar told APP that
torrential rains caused injuring of at least 25 people as hundreds of mud houses collapsed in 40 villages of Gwadar. He noted that torrential rain triggered floods which
resulted in outflow of Ankra Dam and dozens of streams.

VENEZUELA: Malaria cases have doubled in Venezuela so far this year as health officials confront an epidemic in a vast southern region where wildcat gold miners
are often infected in remote jungle camps. Health Ministry statistics published this week show there have been 21,601 malaria cases nationwide so far this year, up
from 10,758 during the same period last year. A vast majority of the patients 19,750 were diagnosed in southern Bolivar state, where government officials say there is
an epidemic.

PAKISTAN: Storm and heavy rains lashed in different areas of Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab on Friday, killing at least 13 people in separate incidents and
causing suspension of power supply. A private TV channel reported that 10 people were killed after a wall of a house and roof of another house collapsed in Lahore,
the capital city of Punjab. Two people were killed, three others injured in a wall collapse in Punjab's Gujranwala.

USA: NEW YORK - More than eighty elementary school children from Public School 20 in Flushing, Queens became sick after drinking contaminated water from the
school's water fountains. Students of PS 20, called the John Brown School, complained of stomachaches and vomiting in the early afternoon, prompting the school
principal to call 911, according to a New York Times article. Emergency services used Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses to transport the children to
Flushing Hospital and New York Hospital Queens for treatment. The children said they had drank from the fountains although some said they noticed the school's
toilet and fountain water were a pink color, which school officials now believe contained an air-conditioning chemical.

Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 4th June 2010

USA: Fast food chain McDonald's has recalled 12m drinking glasses promoting the new Shrek movie because painted designs on them contain the toxic metal
cadmium. The glasses have been sold in the US for about $2 each and are available in four designs depicting the animated film's main characters.

SPAIN: An explosion in a firework factory in Virgen de las Nieves de Benacazn (Sevilla) has left four people dead and one person, a visitor to the factory, seriously
injured. One of the dead was the co-owner of the factory. The cause of the explosion, which occurred at about 1pm today, is as yet unknown, but it was strong
enough to blast two of the bodies right out of the factory. It took fire fighters almost two hours to extinguish the subsequent blaze and the factory building has been
left in ruins, with rescue workers having to sift through rubble to find the victims' bodies.

AUSTRIA: Floodwaters surged into a town in northern Austria yesterday as torrential rains disrupted rail services, cut a border crossing with Germany and sent
emergency services on nationwide alert. The river Inn burst its banks and part flooded the northern town of Schaerding, while the mighty Danube was rising to
dangerous levels, a day after floods in central Europe left three people dead.

CHINA: On Fri 4 Jun 2010, China's Ministry of Health reported a human case of highly pathogenic avian influenza [H5N1 virus infection] in Hubei Province. The
victim was 22 years old, female, 4 months pregnant, and was an unemployed resident of Echeng District of Ezhou City in Hubei Province. She fell ill on 23 May 2010
and was hospitalized for treatment as her conditioned deteriorated. She died on Thu 3 Jun 2010 at 12:35 a.m. despite an intensive effort to save her.

RUSSIA: An ecological emergency situation regime has been introduced in Irkutsk suburbia owing to eleven big foci of forest fires that are raging there on an
aggregate area of 1,373 hectares, an official at the Russian Ministry for Emergencies (RME) department for Irkutsk Region told Itar-Tass on Thursday. There is
probability that other big forest fires will emerge and may spread over to populated areas. In all, 31 forest fires have been recorded in the Region on an area of 1,935
hectares. Fire-fighting efforts are involving RME mobile parties, as well as a BE-200 amphibian plane and specially equipped helicopters.  

PAKISTAN: At least eight people were killed and another ten were injured on occurrence of landslide in Kharming subdivision located in Skardu on Thursday night.
According to sources, the injured people were rescued and are being admitted to hospital near Kharming. The landslide also smashed 8 houses as reported by local
people.

NIGERIA: More than 100 children have recently died of lead poisoning in northern Nigeria digging illegally for gold, health officials say.

GULF OF MEXICO: A new cap placed by BP over a ruptured Gulf of Mexico well begins to funnel a small portion of leaking oil to the surface.

Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 3rd June 2010  

BANGLADESH: A blaze in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has killed at least 80 people and injured dozens, with fears the final death toll could pass 100. It erupted after
an electrical transformer burst into flames, engulfing several buildings. Firefighters struggled to enter the site in the densely populated old district of Nimtoli.

GULF OF MEXICO: Oil company BP says it has cut a ruptured pipe from the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well, a key step in the latest effort to cap the well. BP chief
Tony Hayward hailed it as an "important milestone" and said BP could know within the next 12 to 24 hours if the capping effort would succeed. For now, undersea
robots are preparing the well-head to receive the cap.

USA: Idaho - A lightning bolt has struck nine people waiting to see the Old Faithful geyser erupt at Yellowstone National Park in the US state of Wyoming. All the
visitors were on the boardwalk or walkways around the geyser when the single lightning bolt struck.

CROATIA: Croatia declared a state of emergency in fertile eastern parts of the country and sent several hundred firemen and military personnel to help the population
fight floods which prompted evacuation of people and cattle from some villages, while a number of roads were closed.

OMAN: Heavy rains hit Oman's east coast on Thursday as cyclone Phet approached the sultanate pushing up from the Arabian Sea and authorities raised the alert
level to orange. The cyclone, rated at a factor of 3.5 on a scale of five, was moving northwestwardly at a speed of eight kilometres (five miles) an hour. Winds were
blowing at a 180 kilometres (112 miles) an hour. Hotels along the east coast of the sultanate have been evacuated, the ministry of tourism said, and the residents of
Masirah island were airlifted to safer areas. The eye of Phet was still around 150 kilometres (93 miles) away from Masirah. The capital Muscat further north could be
affected by Saturday, authorities said. But Muscat airport was still open with no intention to suspend flights, Transport Minister Salem al-Nuaimi said. Phet was
expected to veer towards the Indian and Pakistani coasts, sparing Oman a devastating impact similar to that of cyclone Gonu. It tore through Oman in 2007, killing at
least 49 people and causing damage worth 3.9 billion dollars.

Lest we forget: 3rd June 1963. An Air France Boeing 707 crashes on take-off at Orly Airport killing all but two of those on board. 130 people died.

Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 2nd June 2010

KENYA: There is growing alarm among Kenyan farmers about a government announcement that 2.3m bags of maize were unfit for human consumption. Health
experts say the maize contained high levels of lethal aflatoxins, which have killed at least one child. The government has pledged to buy and destroy the contaminated
maize.

GERMANY: Three people have been killed and six injured trying to defuse a World War II bomb in central Germany. Workers building a sports stadium had earlier
unearthed the bomb in the town of Goettingen. It was not immediately clear why the bomb, reportedly weighing 500kg (1,100lb), had detonated. Unexploded WWII
bombs dropped by Allied planes are frequently found in Germany, though it is unusual for them to explode unexpectedly.

ENGLAND: Cumbria - Twelve people have been killed and 25 injured by a gunman who opened fire in west Cumbria. A body thought to be that of the suspect - taxi
driver Derrick Bird - has been found in the Boot area.

ECUADOR: Hundreds of people sought to escape the eruption of the Tungurahua volcano Wednesday in Ecuador, days after the evacuation of around 2,500 locals.
Volcanic activity in the Tungurahua, 5,010 metres high and located around 130 kilometres away from Quito, intensified Wednesday, with explosions and other
sounds that scared locals. Residents further sought to move some 420 head of cattle away from the volcano, because pastures have become covered with ash.

SLOVAKIA: In Slovakia, where hundreds of people have been evacuated, TA3 news television says the body of a 38-year-old man was found after his car was
swept away by high waters in the town of Vysna Sebastova.

USA: Texas - Twenty-one of 36 employees of a Harborside fish packing plant were taken to John Sealy Hospital Tuesday after being overcome by carbon monoxide
gas. None of the employees were in life threatening condictions, according to an emergency room spokeswoman. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the
Platinum Packing, 8011 Harborside Drive, about noon yesterday after employees beheading fish and shrimp developed headaches nausea. Firefighters found high
levels of carbon monoxide in the plant fire officials said. Investigators said the carbon monoxide came from a propane-powered forklift, which was left running and
unattened. Air ventilators were sent to the plant to clear the fumes. Some workers were able to return to work after the plant was declared safe.

RUSSIA: A blast hit a ferro-alloy plant in the western Siberian city of Novokuznetsk, killing one and injuring another nine people, local investigators said on
Wednesday. The accident occurred at a section of the Kuznetskiye Ferrosplavy plant located in the Kemerovo region. A spokesman for the emergencies ministry's
branch in the Kemerovo region , Valery Korchagin, said earlier one person died and eight people were hospitalized with burns after the explosion.  

INDIA: A five-storey building collapsed in Dhaka on Wednesday, flattening several adjacent homes and killing at least 9 people, with dozens more trapped under the
rubble, police and witnesses said. At least 50 people were injured in the collapse of the building, which police said was badly constructed. Rescue teams were
scouring through the rubble for bodies and survivors.

KAZAKHSTAN: At least 12,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes (Saiga tatarica) have been found dead in Kazakhstan in the past two weeks, victims of a
mysterious epidemic. The deaths represent about 15 percent of the species' worldwide population. Saiga antelopes used to number above one million, but the breakup
of the Soviet Union led to rampant poaching throughout the species' range and 95 percent of the animals were killed off.

TURKEY: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, or CCHF, is suspected to have killed two people in northern Turkey on Tuesday, reported Wednesday. The fever,
caused by tick bites, was cited as the likely cause of death for both Haseyin Baytem, 25, a waiter in Samsun, who went to the hospital for high fever and upset
stomach, and of Satiye Erdem, 64, who reportedly became ill one week after she was stung by a tick in Tokat.

Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 1st June 2010  

GAUTAMALA: In the capital, Guatemala City, a giant sinkhole opened up, reportedly swallowing a couple of buildings. Officials initially said the storm was to
blame, but now say they will carry out further studies to determine the exact cause, as a sinkhole appeared in the same area in 2007.

CANADA / NE USA: Firefighters in Canada are battling more than 50 forest fires that have sparked smog alerts across Quebec and parts of the north-eastern US. At
least eight of the blazes north of Montreal were out of control, Quebec's forest fire protection unit said. Smoke moved over Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the
US, with the city of Boston covered in a haze on Monday.

GAZA / EGYPT: Six Palestinians have died in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel under the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, medical officials say. At least 14
were injured in the blast, which is believed to have been caused by a cooking gas cannister exploding.

PHILIPPINES: Up to 40,000 people may be forcibly evacuated after torrential rains caused heavy flooding in the southern Philippines, an official said Tuesday. Ten
villages in the town of Sultan Kudarat on southern Mindanao island were under waist-deep waters after a river overflowed its banks due to rains that began on Friday,
local social welfare department head Pombaen Kadir said.  

RUSSIA: The Bezymyanny volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula has started to erupt, the Kamchatka branch of the geophysical service of the Russian Academy of
Sciences told Itar-Tass. The intensification of the giant mountain's activity was registered at 00:30, local time (16:30, MSK on May 31). The most active phase lasted
for 20 minutes, scientists say. During this period the volcano was spewing ash that stretched in a plume towards the Sea of Okhotsk (west of the volcano).
According to specialists, the ash plume has stretched for 20 kilometres.

HUNGARY: Hungary has extended a red alert, the highest, for the country's northern, central and southwestern areas for storms, the national weather service
reported on its website. The alert will be in place until midnight on Tuesday or until further warning. Disaster management services have received 103 calls
throughout the country for storm damage, including pumping excess water or problems with fallen trees. Heavy rainfall was forecast for all but the southeastern
parts for Tuesday. Three insurance firms said they had received over 33,600 claims for storm damages by Monday in the value of over 3.95 billion forints (EUR
14.35m)

CHINA: The death toll from an earthquake that rocked a remote part of China in April has risen to nearly 2,700, with 270 people still listed as missing, state media
reported Monday. The 6.9-magnitude quake struck on April 14, flattening thousands of homes in the ethnically Tibetan region of Yushu in Qinghai province, in the
country's northwest.

INDONESIA: Four years after it erupted from the well of a gas company linked to one of Indonesia's richest men, the mud volcano known as "Lusi" is still spewing
its toxic sludge over Java's countryside. All attempts to plug the geyser have failed and new spouts are opening up, threatening to destroy more villages, homes and
livelihoods in the East Java district of Sidoarjo.
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