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{{newsitem| Major Oil Spill in Thai Beach Resort | 29 July| Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. Tourists on [[Ko Samet]] island were warned to stay away from the once-serene beach, marred by inky globs as hundreds of workers in white jumpsuits labored to scrape the sand clean and remove oil from the water. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off [[Rayong]] province. The leak was the fourth major oil spill in the country's history, Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said. Authorities closed the bay as 300 workers attempted to remove the oil from the white beach and the water. [http://www.businessinsider.com/oil-spill-in-thailand-2013-7]}}
 
{{newsitem| Major Oil Spill in Thai Beach Resort | 29 July| Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. Tourists on [[Ko Samet]] island were warned to stay away from the once-serene beach, marred by inky globs as hundreds of workers in white jumpsuits labored to scrape the sand clean and remove oil from the water. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off [[Rayong]] province. The leak was the fourth major oil spill in the country's history, Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said. Authorities closed the bay as 300 workers attempted to remove the oil from the white beach and the water. [http://www.businessinsider.com/oil-spill-in-thailand-2013-7]}}
 
{{newsitem| Italy coach crash | 29 July| A coach has plunged off a flyover in southern Italy leaving at least 38 people dead in the country's worst road accident for decades. The coach hit several vehicles before smashing through a barrier and toppling down a steep slope near the town of [[Avellino]], in the [[Campania]] region. At least 10 people were injured, some of them seriously. The coach was taking about 50 people, including children, back to Naples following a pilgrimage. The cause of the accident is not yet known. Some reports say the vehicle was traveling at speed. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23486086] }}
 
{{newsitem| Italy coach crash | 29 July| A coach has plunged off a flyover in southern Italy leaving at least 38 people dead in the country's worst road accident for decades. The coach hit several vehicles before smashing through a barrier and toppling down a steep slope near the town of [[Avellino]], in the [[Campania]] region. At least 10 people were injured, some of them seriously. The coach was taking about 50 people, including children, back to Naples following a pilgrimage. The cause of the accident is not yet known. Some reports say the vehicle was traveling at speed. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23486086] }}
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{{newsitem| Wave of deadly car bombs , Iraq | 29 July| A wave of car bombs has killed at least 51 people in mostly Shia areas of the Iraqi capital, [[Baghdad]], and in other cities around the country. More than 200 people were wounded in the attacks, officials said. More than 2,500 Iraqis have died in attacks since April, the UN says - with violence at its highest since 2008. The spike comes amid heightened Shia-Sunni tensions. Sunnis say they are being marginalized by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's Shia-led government. The Baghdad bombs, hidden in parked cars, hit markets and car parks in several areas of the city, police say. The deadliest was said to have hit the eastern Shia district of Sadr City, report say. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23487211]}}
 
{{newsitem| Los Angeles campgrounds closed| 29 July| Health authorities have closed three campgrounds in a forest near Los Angeles after the discovery of a squirrel infected with the plague. Officials said they would dust the forest's squirrel burrows for fleas. They warned people to avoid visiting areas near the campgrounds, which are likely to remain closed for at least a week, and to not feed wild animals. They also said people should protect pets from fleas and use insect repellant.[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/25/los-angeles-campgrounds-closed-squirrel-plague]}}
 
{{newsitem| Los Angeles campgrounds closed| 29 July| Health authorities have closed three campgrounds in a forest near Los Angeles after the discovery of a squirrel infected with the plague. Officials said they would dust the forest's squirrel burrows for fleas. They warned people to avoid visiting areas near the campgrounds, which are likely to remain closed for at least a week, and to not feed wild animals. They also said people should protect pets from fleas and use insect repellant.[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/25/los-angeles-campgrounds-closed-squirrel-plague]}}
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{{newsitem| Strikes in Cairo| 29 July| No one's going anywhere, say protesters camped outside mosque in east [[Cairo]] after at least 65 killed in nearby street. Supporters of the overthrown Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi have pledged to maintain their weeks-old sit-in in east Cairo, despite the massacre of scores of their comrades by state officials. At least 65 pro-Morsi protesters were shot dead during an eight-hour attack by police officers and armed men dressed in civilian clothes. Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters have camped outside the mosque since late June when the president's overthrow began to seem likely. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/28/morsi-supporters-stand-firm-massacre]  }}
 
{{newsitem| General strike in Athens | 16 July| A 24-hour general strike protesting further austerity measures brought many public services in Greece to a grinding halt. Public transit systems, flights and garbage collection services are affected by the nationwide action- the fourth general strike this year-  while hospitals are running on skeleton staffing. Labor unions held a rally in central Athens, followed by a march to the national parliament building.About 16,000 to 17,000 people took part in the demonstration, which was peaceful and resulted in no arrests, Athens police spokesman Panagiotis Papapetropoulos said. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/world/europe/greece-strike/index.html]  }}
 
{{newsitem| General strike in Athens | 16 July| A 24-hour general strike protesting further austerity measures brought many public services in Greece to a grinding halt. Public transit systems, flights and garbage collection services are affected by the nationwide action- the fourth general strike this year-  while hospitals are running on skeleton staffing. Labor unions held a rally in central Athens, followed by a march to the national parliament building.About 16,000 to 17,000 people took part in the demonstration, which was peaceful and resulted in no arrests, Athens police spokesman Panagiotis Papapetropoulos said. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/world/europe/greece-strike/index.html]  }}
{{newsitem| Deadly clashes strike Egypt again| 16 July| The unrest and changes in power follow President Mohamed Morsy's removal from power in a military coup 3 Jul 2013. Health Ministry official Khaled Al-Khatib was quoted by EgyNews, the nation's state news agency, as saying that 261 additional people were injured in violence in the capital. Meanwhile, 401 Morsy supporters were arrested overnight in Ramses Square, according to state-run Nile TV. Cairo has seen repeated protests since Morsy was deposed. The official website of Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood party said four people were killed and more than 300 injured in the clashes in Ramses Square and near a downtown Cairo mosque, and that police opened fire on Morsy supporters while they were taking part in Ramadan prayers at Al-Fath mosque. The continuing violence comes as Egypt's interim government starts to take shape, its members chosen by the country's military leaders. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/world/meast/egypt-government/index.html]}}
 
{{newsitem| Travel Warning- Niger| 15 July| The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger. U.S. citizens in Niger, and those considering travel to Niger, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing threats to safety and security. The Government of Niger continues to erect security checkpoints in [[Niamey]] to address the security concerns in the country. The Embassy recommends that citizens traveling in Niger remain especially careful around security checkpoints, as security forces continue to be on a heightened state of alert. Do not drive away from, or through, a checkpoint until you are given clear permission to do so. If you are unsure of what to do, please request verbal confirmation before proceeding.On June 1, prisoners in Niamey's main prison staged a prison break. Of the 32 prisoners who successfully escaped, several are suspected to have ties to terrorist organizations. The majority of the escapees remain at large. [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6032.html]  }}
 
  
 
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