June 30th, 2010
06:16 AM ET

World update: Merkel faces challenging vote

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Wednesday:

Leader under pressure: A new German president is scheduled to be elected Wednesday, with the vote seen as a test of chancellor Angela Merkel and her current policies.

Amusement park deaths: An accident on a ride at a Chinese amusement park has left six dead, and several more injured, Chinese media agencies reported Tuesday. Read more

Fight over school crucifixes: Italy will fight Wednesday against a European court ruling that crucifixes in classrooms violate students' right to freedom of religion. Read more

Political dynasty: Benigno Aquino III has been sworn in as the president of the Philippines, the country's 15th, after winning election in May by a landslide. He is the son of former president Corazon Aquino and her husband, opposition leader Benigno. Read more

Travel chaos continues: Strikers have again shut down the Spanish capital's metro system, forcing roughly hundreds of thousands of travelers to fill buses and taxis, reported CNN's sister network CNN Plus.

Drunken city trader banned: Britain's financial regulator said Wednesday it has banned an oil trader after he made huge trades while drunk last year, causing global prices of Brent crude to jump to abnormally high levels. Read more

Spanish footballers triumph: David Villa was Spain's hero yet again as his goal helped them past Portugal and into the last eight of the World Cup. Read more

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  1. Steve Brian

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com I like very much Merkel, good luck.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
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      then, the hurricanes are coming in the Gulf and, everytime an hurricane will come, the (already bad) containment cap MUST be unplugged from the wellhead since the ship that collects the oil can't remain there with an hurricane, so, the oil will flow from the well at 100,000 barrels per day!!!!
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      and (everytime) it will need for: 5 days to unplug the containment cap and evacuate the storm site, a couple of day for the storm, another couple of days to come back on site and one day to replug the containment cap = 1,000,000 more barrels of oil freely spilled in the ocean... or worst...
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      WHAT are they waiting to listen those who have the RIGHT IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS to STOP the oil spill QUICKLY to SAVE the sea and shores nature and wildlife BEFORE they'll be submerged by over 250,000,000 more gallons of oil, in the next TWO months (if lucky) ???????????
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      http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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      June 30, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |