Headlines from around the world: 5-3-2010

 

Democratic Denver Mayor, John Hickenlooper, has raised about 1.1 million dollars towards his campaign since he entered the race for Colorado governor in January. His campaign began when incumbent Bill Ritter announced that he would not seek reelection.

The unemployment rate in Spain was reported to be up to 20.05 percent from 19 percent in the last quarter. Spain has the second highest unemployment in Europe after Latvia, and the government says that there are 4.6 million unemployed people in the country.

A three day immigration enforcement sweep in the Southeast lead to the arrest of nearly 600 immigrants with criminal records. The operation, lead by the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, was the largest of its kind. It focused on arresting immigrants with criminal records and deporting these criminals.

China opened the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, where over 250 countries are now showcasing their culture.

Tornadoes in Arkansas left 3 people dead and 25 more injured. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has deployed teams to search for more people who may be trapped under damaged buildings.

Five women were killed in India during a stampede outside of a religious center where 60,000 people had assembled for a retreat. Stampedes of people are often deadly in India, and the occurrence is attributed to the volume of people and lack of facilities to hold large crowds.

Director of the Oscar winning Lord of the Rings series was knighted in his home country of New Zealand for his services at the Premier House in Wellington. Jackson was knighted by Gov. Gen. Sir Anand Satyanand in palace of Queen Elizabeth II.

As a price for the recent bailout, the country of Greece will be required to cut the salaries of civil servants and change tax rates, among other cuts. Greek civil servants have planned a strike for the fifth of May in response to the cuts.

The United States Air Force prepared to spray the oil slick off the coast of Louisiana with oil-dispersing chemicals. Recent weather reports say that strong winds could worsen the oil slick problem by blowing the oil into inlets and river systems by the coast of Louisiana.

A study reported in the Lancet medical journal found that people living in the United Kingdom had a higher risk of death than people living in other developed, wealthy countries. Researchers cited a high occurrence of smoking and drinking as potential reasons for early death in the UK.

 

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