World update: Massive flooding in Australia expected to crest
The Depot Hill suburb, near Rockhampton, Australia has been completely cut off by flood water.
January 5th, 2011
05:42 AM ET

World update: Massive flooding in Australia expected to crest

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

Evacuations continue: Flooding that has soaked large parts of Australia will peak Wednesday, experts say, as authorities continue to help beleaguered locals.

Ivory Coast blockade lifted: Laurent Gbagbo, self-proclaimed president of Ivory Coast, has agreed to lift a military blockade around the headquarters of rival and president-elect Alassane Ouattara. The move by Laurent Gbagbo came after talks between the nation's political rivals and African mediators.

Rare public execution: Iran executed a man in a rare public hanging in Tehran on Wednesday morning, local media reported. The man, identified only as "Yaqub," was convicted of stabbing a man to death in broad daylight in October, said the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Egypt protests: Coptic Christians have held evening protests in Cairo, where 23 Christians were killed in a bomb attack at an Alexandria church last weekend.

Swine flu battle: Hospitals and doctors in the UK have voiced concern that a high proportion of intensive care beds are being taken up with victims of the H1N1 virus. The return to work after the festive season has sparked fears that the spread of the illness has yet to peak.

"Reservoir Dogs" musician dies: Gerry Rafferty - who scored a hit with ‘Baker Street’ and whose track “Stuck in the Middle With You” soundtracked the infamous ear slice scene in "Reservoir Dogs" – has died following a long illness.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    Come on Gbagbo-Give it up! Yep, Musli*ms kill Christians. Isl*m, the religion of tolerance and love; Only takes a few bad apples,

    January 5, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • interesting project for 2011 ...

      about 15 months ago I’ve proposed the DEFINITIVE solution for the Shuttle ET’s foam issue in this article:
      “The $5000 idea that can save SEVEN astronauts”
      maybe, NASA can use MY idea NOW, for the Discovery STS-133 mission and the latest flights, to avoid a further Columbia disaster
      and, if they want additional suggestions to update my idea and make it better and safer, they can just send a mail to me

      January 5, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fred Bartkowski

    For a moment there believed you had run out of crack.
    How many days had it been now?

    January 5, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fred Bartkowski

    Dial 123 hypersonic weight loss mortgage refinance. 123 space shuttle saving. Didn't we (the American People) already make the last shuttle flight.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    For the real dope on this story. Go to

    January 5, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dr Mhendi

    A new plant is being used to infiltrate the Southwest. It is called USAWEEDHEAD.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    You actually have obese sheeple blaming horrific events on Muslims. Some people are living like its 2002. Wake up! 9/11 was an inside job perpetrated by the NWO, CIA, and American/Israeli Zionists.

    January 5, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Veritas

    Too many problems getting it off the ground. I am somewhat concerned for our astronauts safety.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |