Sunday, July 15, 2012

UAE Begins Using Oil Pipeline

On Sunday the United Arab Emirates began using the new cross country oil pipeline.

The nearly two hundred and fifty mile long pipeline will carry at least 1.5 million barrels a day.

UAE officials have been filling the pipeline since June 30, but it wasn't allowed to begin flowing til today.

Til now, all of the country's oil was transported by tanker through the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran has repeatedly threatened to shut down.

With the new pipeline, oil now flows directly to the city of Fujairah, which lies on the Indian Ocean.

Oman, the only other Middle East country that borders the Indian Ocean, is also planning a pipeline that will avoid the Persian Gulf.

Deadly Tornadoes Strike in Poland

Kujawy-Pomorze and Wielkopolska provinces in Poland were struck by multiple tornadoes on Saturday.

Over one hundred homes were destroyed, killing one and injuring at least a dozen others.

Hundreds of acres of forest were damaged and power lines were downed throughout the area.

Storms are expected to continue for at least the next couple of days.

Government forces are rushing to the aid of the affected areas in attempts to search for the missing and restore power.

Aurora Police Ask For Help in Search for Woman

The Aurora Police Department is asking for the public's help.

Fifty-seven year old Dorine Avery is missing and was last seen around noon on Saturday near her house in Aurora, Colorado.

Avery is a petite black woman, about 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing less than 100 pounds.

She was last seen wearing pink pajamas and black "fuzzy type" slippers.

Police added that recent medical issues make walking difficult and prevent her from walking very far, which added to the worries for her safety.

Anyone with information about Avery's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Alton Reed at 303-739-6068 or Detective Gretchen Fronapfel at 303-739-6013.

Floods Kill 26 in Japan

At least twenty-six people have lost their lives to floods and mudslides in southern Japan, and six more are missing.

Torrential rains have caused the flooding and mudslides, which have cut off thousands of Japanese.

Around a quarter of a million people had been ordered to evacuate, but many were being allowed to return home Sunday, as the rains stopped.

The Japanese Defense Forces have been using helicopters to fly in food and supplies, to cut off areas.

Western Japan also saw some flooding due to the rains, but it was limited and only damaged about one hundred homes.

Princess Victoria Celebrates 35th Birthday

Sweden's Princess Victoria celebrated her thirty-fifth birthday in high fashion.

Thousands of people lined the parade route, cheering on the heir to the throne.

She was joined by husband Daniel and their new born Estelle.

King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine were also present for the celebrations.

The Swedish royalty is just as beloved as the English, though less known throughout the world.

Queen Elizabeth II of England is actually the third cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Most of the remaining royal houses of Europe are cousins within a few generations.

Japan Recalls Ambassador to China

As we reported yesterday morning, Japan recalled their ambassador to China.

The move came as the two countries share a battle of words over an island chain that both claim.

Ships from both sides have faced off in the area of the islands, in the East China Sea.

Last week Chinese vessels crossed the line considered to be Japanese territorial waters.

Japan's protest of the crossing was rejected by Beijing.

Amabassador Uichiro Niwa publicly expressed concerns that Japan was escalating a situation they couldn't win, which sparked calls for his resignation.

Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba commented on a meeting with Niwa saying, "I again instructed him to accurately convey Japan's thinking".

Niwa is now expected to return to China within the next couple days.