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Tropical storm hits Pakistan's largest city; 7 die

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A child walks through flood waters caused by torrential rains outside his home in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, June 6, 2010. An approaching tropical storm triggered torrential rains in Pakistan's largest city and surrounding areas on Sunday, collapsing mud houses and submerging roads.
Karachi - A tropical storm lashed Pakistan's coast with torrential rains and heavy winds Sunday, damaging mud houses and submerging roads in the country's largest city. Seven people were electrocuted in floodwaters, officials said.

Authorities feared worse flooding was to come in and around Karachi and tried to evacuate people from their homes elsewhere along the country's southern coastline. Some villagers refused to move, but several thousand people shifted to higher ground, said Hamal Kalmati, a government minister in Baluchistan province.

He said many mud houses in Gawadar and Pasni districts had already collapsed.

The storm made landfall late Sunday to the east of Karachi, bringing winds as high as 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour. The meteorological department said ocean storm surges of between 2 and 4 meters were likely in Karachi and other coastal towns.


Sickening New Images of the Helpless Wildlife Dying in the Muck of the BP Spill

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A brown pelican is seen on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast
The bird struggles out of the sludge, fighting for air, oil dripping from its wings.

It could be an image from a grisly sci-fi movie. But it is not. This bird is a shocking illustration of the catastrophic impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on local wildlife.

The pelican - the official bird of Louisiana - was one of a number that were saved off the coast of the state.

They were barely able to walk or get out of the sea near East Grand Terre island, where officials found around 35 of the birds.

They were treated with detergents to wash off the oil. Many more animals have not been so lucky. More than 400 dead birds have so far been recovered.

Images such as this will only fuel anger towards BP as the spill enters its 46th day and the company struggles to stem the flow of oil from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well.

Previously, photographs of wildlife coated in an oily sheen were as bad as it got. But now the animals are drowning in the muck, as thick and sticky as treacle, and much, much harder to clean up.

Bizarro Earth

US: 5 killed in heavy storms sweeping through Midwest

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Bethany Millhime looks for personal belongings in the aftermath of tornado damage in Millbury, Ohio Sunday, June 6, 2010.
Millbury, Ohio - Tornadoes and thunderstorms swept through the Midwest overnight, destroying dozens of homes and upending school buses and police cars in one miles-long trail of destruction in Ohio, and ripping off siding on a nuclear plant in Michigan. At least five people died in Ohio, including a child, authorities said.

Rescue officials in northwest Ohio were still searching through homes Sunday and couldn't say whether anyone else was missing, Lake Township Fire Chief Todd Walters said. Police Chief Mark Hummer flew over the damaged area and said at least 50 homes were destroyed and another 50 severely damaged, as well as six commercial buildings. He estimated a 7-mile path of destruction about 100 yards wide. The storm that hit around 11 p.m. Saturday fell over an area of farm fields and light industry, narrowly missing the heavily populated suburbs on the southern edge of Toledo.

"It's a war zone," Hummer said. "It's pretty disheartening."

Hummer said that among those killed were a person outside the police department and a motorist. He said a young child and two other victims were from nearby Millbury, a bedroom community of roughly 1,200 about 10 miles southeast of Toledo. The National Weather Service had confirmed Sunday afternoon that a Toledo-area tornado was part of the storm, said Meteorologist Marty Mullen of the service's Cleveland office.

Click here to see tornado damage photos.

Bizarro Earth

Gulf oil spill's threat to wildlife turns real

P.J. Hahn lifts an oil-covered pelican
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Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn lifts an oil-covered pelican which was stuck in oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, just off the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La., Saturday, June 5, 2010.

On Barataria Bay, Louisiana - The wildlife apocalypse along the Gulf Coast that everyone has feared for weeks is fast becoming a terrible reality.

Pelicans struggle to free themselves from oil, thick as tar, that gathers in hip-deep pools, while others stretch out useless wings, feathers dripping with crude. Dead birds and dolphins wash ashore, coated in the sludge. Seashells that once glinted pearly white under the hot June sun are stained crimson.

Scenes like this played out along miles of shoreline Saturday, nearly seven weeks after a BP rig exploded and the wellhead a mile below the surface began belching millions of gallon of oil.

Bizarro Earth

If cap fails, oil in Gulf will triple

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The worst fears of one conservationist may be coming true.

Admiral Thad Allen said Friday that the cap placed over the leaking well was only collecting oil at a rate of 42,000 gallons a day. Recent estimates put the leak's flow at 500,000 to a million gallons a day.

That figure may have increased by 20 percent after the pipe at the top of the blowout preventer was cut off during BP's latest attempt to staunch the flow.

Bizarro Earth

China: Floods kill 51

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Flood in China
At least 51 people were killed in landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain in south China, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

The downpour, which hit Guangxi Zhuang region on Monday, has affected over 2 million people, causing excessive damage.

At least 15 freshwater reservoirs have been damaged.

South China is annually stormed by torrential rains, often leading to hundreds of deaths.

Bizarro Earth

Cyclone Phet Kills 12 in Oman

Cyclone Phet killed 12 people in Oman before it barrelled on towards Pakistan, Oman's civil defence force said.

The victims included a member of the civil defence force and five other people who were swept away by flood waters caused by rainfall from the cyclone, said a statement carried by the official ONA news agency.

Authorities said Phet had weakened in intensity yesterday before heading at wind speeds of up to 120km/h towards Pakistan, where about 60,000 people have been evacuated from the south coast to safer areas.

The Omani authorities had taken several precautionary measures prior to Phet's arrival, evacuating hotels along the east coast and airlifting the residents of Masirah island to safer areas.


Sign of the times? Residents voice anger about oil disaster

oil disaster graveyard
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The graveyard of crosses was created “in memory of all that is lost. Courtesy of BP and our federal government," according to a nearby sign.
Signs in Lafourche Parish in southern Louisiana point to what's weighing on folks living there.

Outside Larose's Southern Sting Tattoo Parlor, the words "God Help Us All" are affixed to life-sized models of an adult wearing a gas mask and a child - and fish - dripping in oil.

Nearby are murals painted by tattoo artist, Bobby Pitre, accompanied by commentary. An Obama image is emblazoned with the words "What Now?" And BP gets called out, too: "You Killed Our Gulf...Our Way of Life!"

Bizarro Earth

Gulf oil spill to hit Florida in 24 hours


Caladesi Island beach, Florida
The mass oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico hits the shores of Florida in less than 24 hours, threatening the "entire economy" of the sunshine state.

The outcome has been predicted to be "catastrophic" as the state has almost 12 hundred kilometers of coastline.

Bill Jones of the Executive Intelligence Review in Washington told Press TV in a interview on Thursday that the result of the spill reaching the golden coast "will be a catastrophe for them" declaring however, that "it was expected after a certain point."

Jones expressed his concern stating that it will "affect the entire economy of Florida" including "fishing and tourism," with the "the long term effects ... yet to see."

Bill described the Obama Administrations reaction to the disaster as "much too slow" adding that the "people are very angry, they have been angry for some time. They are angry at the administration but they are angrier at their Congressmen who have gone along legislation and avoided some of the key problems that were facing them."


UK: Clever Animals Cross Road in Hidden Tunnel to Avoid Being Flattened by Traffic

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Peek-a-boo: A rabbit pops his head up from the drain before scuttling underground
Living by a busy road, these animals aren't willing to take any chances when it comes to getting across safely.

Instead, a rabbit and a stoat are cleverly using an underground network of drains to make it to the other side.

The cute animals scuttle from one side of the road to the other and pop out of drains in order to avoid being hit by traffic.

And a fluffy little owl also uses the same underground network as a home while waiting for its mother to bring food.

Amateur wildlife photographer Paul Bunyard captured the shots while driving on his way to work in Rugby, Warwickshire.

The 38-year-old was able to grab a quick photo of the stoat before it popped back into the drain.