October 7th, 2010
06:04 AM ET

World update: Hungary toxic sludge spreads

An excavator pours industrial gypsum to reduce the alkalinity into the Marcal River, Hungary.

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Thursday:

Hungary toxic sludge - The river of red toxic sludge is inching ever closer to the Danube river. Four people have died and over a hundred have been injured after a leak from a metals plant reservoir sent caustic sludge through villages in Western Hungary. Read the full story

Luzhkov interview - Matthew Chance sits down for an exclusive interview with the ousted former mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov.  Luzhkov accuses President Dmitry Medvedev of overseeing "calamities, terrorist acts, and bad harvests," during his period in power.  Read the full story

Greece strike - The Greek public sector union Adedy is scheduled to stage another 24-hour nationwide strike. It is the latest in a series of strikes and demonstrations against the government's austerity measures, pension and labor reforms.

Fashion bloggers - Fashion bloggers, including a 14-year-old named Tavi, and 17-year-old Charles Guislain, are doing an end run around the establishment icons like Vogue and Women's Wear Daily by covering the major fashion shows with borrowed photos and flip cams.  Jim Bittermann reports from Paris.

Leaders in football - Many of the world’s leading sport and business figures are attending three separate conferences at Chelsea football club in west London. The conferences are called Leadership in Football, Leadership in Performance and Leadership in Sponsorship.

Chinese premier visits Italy - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will focus on economic ties during a visit to Italy on Thursday, on the third leg of his trip across Europe.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Scottish Mama

    What happen to the spill in the united states of sludge cleanup?

    October 7, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Good question Scot Mama. But the gulf of Mexico wasn't clean before the BP/Shell oil disaster, so I'm thinking there's no way to prove how much additional damage was done. Sure, a rough estimate of the total gallons of oil that leaked can be made and fines paid. But that's not going to clean the gulf. And if the Missippi River flowing into the gulf isn't clean, what chance does the gulf itself have?

    October 7, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Giancarla

    You never hear the good stuff.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    "You never hear the good stuff"...unless you listen for it you mean?

    October 7, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Giancarla, imagine a video game where you score points by being nice to the other players. Now imagine a news outlet that reports the "good stuff". See? Very few Americans would play that video game or watch that channel. They only produce what they know people want.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. comment found

    This must have been a conspiration. Getting rid of 1 million tons of chemical waste (with pH=13.3) would cost about 1000 million dollars.
    This money was saved by the communist management of the factory (Gyurcsany's friends), as a disaster could have been created. Lots of people are in hospital, some people are lost or dead.
    Welcome to the real world!
    Gypsum do not reduce the alkalinity!!!!!

    October 8, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Reply

    Pretty picture of the sludge:
    http://kepek.origo.hu/galleriesdisplay/upload//1010/L_gif2010108133426/img/n08.jpg
    Next sludge flood is ready to come next week. Just listen!
    Welcome to the real world!

    October 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |