Friday, April 30, 2010

World News Briefs -- April 30, 2010

Oil From Spill Is Reported to Have Reached the Coast -- New York Times

NEW ORLEANS —Coast Guard officials were investigating reports early Friday morning that oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico had washed ashore overnight, threatening fisheries and wildlife in fragile marshes and islands along the Gulf Coast.

Officials had not confirmed whether any tentacles of the oil slick had actually touched land, but Petty Officer Shawn Eggert of the United States Coast Guard said that officials were planning a flyover Friday morning to assess how the oil was moving, and whether it was making landfall.

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Iraq vote recount to start Monday; May take 3 weeks.

Clinton questions Ahmadinejad's role at nuclear conference.

New US warning to Syria on Scuds.


U.S. report on Afghan war finds few gains in 6 months.

Thai protesters on defensive after storming hospital.

Japan PM renews vow to resolve U.S. base row.

China set to open World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.


'Hundred killed' in Chad clashes.

Somali-Canadians getting piece of pirates' ransom pie: Intelligence expert.

South African police find large explosives cache.


Greece readies austerity measures.

U.K. General Election 2010: Tony Blair denies Gordon Brown has 'failed'.

Belgian lawmakers vote to ban full-face veils in public.

U.S. seeks to revamp NATO Treaty in Europe.

Spain unemployment tops 20 percent.


Obama threatened by heckuva glob.

White House says no new offshore drilling until investigation is complete.

Rescue mission under way for Mexican journalists.

Arizona law on immigration puts police in tight spot.

Tensions rise over Haiti tent camps.


Pakistani intelligence officials say Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud is alive.

CIA to station more analysts overseas as part of its strategy.


Criminal investigation being considered for Goldman Sachs.

Buffett: Economy showing signs of big improvement.

U.S. economy likely grew 3.4 percent in first quarter.

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