22 May

Events of Interest and Analyses





US accuses BP of oil spill cover-up


US politicians and scientists have accused the UK oil company, BP, of trying to conceal the extent of what many believe is already the worst oil spill to hit the US.

BP had been estimating that the leak from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico was flowing at a rate of 5,000 barrels a day, until that number was questioned by scientists and the US government.

Many scientists dismissed the estimate, saying it could be as high as 70,000 barrels (11 million litres) per day or more.


Iraqi orphans face uncertain future

Poverty, lack of education and neglect blight lives of millions of vulnerable children.
  • French war veterans and right-wingers protest Cannes film on Algerian independence struggle.
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  • Moms leave Iran, but jailed Americans not freed

    TEHRAN: The mothers of three Americans jailed in Iran for 10 months left for home Friday, getting one last chance to embrace their children but failing to secure their immediate release.

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  • FROMBORK, Poland: Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose work was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, will be reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave

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  • Kevin Costner in a scene from his 1995 film Waterworld. Now he's trying to avert a real-life crisis

    BP calls in Costner’s $26m vacuum cleaners to mop up huge oil spill

    The ‘Waterworld’ star has spent 15 years developing device to separate oil from sea water and it is now being put to work

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