- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- BRASIL / ITALY / GUATEMALA / USA / RUSSIA: 1 Dead, 7 Injured In Rio Fuel Tanks Fires/ Blasts; Ruby Heartstealer Admits Lying About Silvio's Sex Parties, Money; Ex-Prez Alfonso Portillo Extradited To USA For Money Laundering; Moscow Bans VKontakte By 'Mistake.'
- RUSSIA / AZERBAIJAN / DENMARK / EUROVISION 2013 / IMAGES: 21 May UPDATE: Moscow Outraged By Azeri Vote Problems; Denmark Won Finals...That Featured Lesbian Kiss; Germans Blame Poor Showing On Merkel.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- UKRAINE / EU / RUSSIA : Pressure Builds On Yanukovych; Yulia's Treatment Is Euro 2012 PR Blunder; Putin Backs Kyiv.
- COLOMBIA : Top Pop Singer Shakira...Sued By Ex-Novio...For $100 Million.
- AUSTRALIA / USA : USA Navy Resumes Ship Sinking Exercises.
- MEXICO/ USA : 11 Oct. UPDATE: Navy Admits Killing Top Zetas Leader Lazcano...Was Accident; 'La Ardilla' Smirks Over His Arrest For Falcon Lake Murder; Analysis Of Calderon's 'Kill The Capos' Plan.
- MEXICO: The Growing Number Of Narco Women.
- UKRAINE / GERMANY : Official Blasts Hotels...As 'Bandits And Thieves'...Over Euro 2012 Housing Costs; Movie About Legendary Nazi Football Defeat Worries Officials.
18 December 2011
RUSSIA: 20 Dec UPDATE: Family Calls Sunken Oil Rig Tow: A "Suicide Mission";16 Dead...37 Still Missing Off Sakhalin Island; Moscow Called The World's Worst Oil Polluter; 8,000 Protest Putin's Comments.
An ongoing tragedy in the frigid waters of Russia's Far East...some 200km/125 miles off Sakhalin Island.
After what some members of the missing crew's family call..a"suicide mission"...at least 16 are dead...with 37 still missing...when an oil rig being towed to Vietnam...sank during a winter storm.
Fourteen were rescued...but poor weather hampers new searches.
AND: From AP/NPR: A largely unreported slow motion ecological tragedy has long been occurring in many parts of Russia...where many oil spills contaminate the soil.
Experts estimate that 1% of Russia's oil...some 5mn tons...is spilled there every year...equal to one Gulf Of Mexico Macondo/Horizon disaster...every 2 months.
Lax enforcement, outdated technology and old, corroded pipes are blamed.
Stats show that Russia is the world's worst oil polluter.
Environmentalists especially fear widespread damage from its future Arctic explorations.
An estimated 8,000 protesters gathered in Moscow and St. Petersburg...against what they believe were rigged elections...and PM Putin's recent comments and insults about them...for wearing 'condom' badges...and being under the influence of Western paymasters.