Monday, September 22, 2008

A Time Out to Look Around

Aaaaacck. I know there are only 43 days left until Election Day, and EVERY DAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LAST, but I need to take a break from the election and the financial meltdown, and everything else. There is a world outside our borders!

- Ethiopian troops opened fire in market in Bakara, Somalia, killing 40. The Ethiopian troops were apparently backing Somali government troops against Islamic insurgents.

- Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a former Mossad agent, will succeed Yehud Olmert to become Israel's next Prime Minister. Livni, 50, "has pledged to pursue peace with the Palestinians and Syria, following up negotiations started by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. She would be Israel's first female premier since 1974." CBC.

- The Egyptian government continues to work to free 11 European hostages. It is not clear what group is responsible for the kidnappings.

- "The last of the Neanderthals feasted on warmed mussels, baby seals and washed-up dolphins, according to fossil hunters working in ancient seaside caves in Gibraltar." The Guardian.

- "A global search has begun for food crops with traits that are able to withstand changes to the climate. The project, co-ordinated by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, is searching national seed banks for 'climate proof' varieties, including maize and rice." BBC

- Alitalia is still in business.

- Global warming may mean cooler weather for Atlantic Canada: "Melting Arctic ice may cause cooler water to drift south and change the climate of the eastern provinces in a different way than many people would expect, said Ken Drinkwater . . . ." CBC.

- "The global financial crisis endangers efforts to reduce world poverty and demands a new approach with less "uncritical faith in the 'magic' of markets," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday." Reuters.

- Mass tombs found near Machu Picchu.

- There is a lot of lightning on Venus.

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