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(TCP)CHICAGO – Dateline Chicago -
France – The French government blocked its southern borders on train routes. The move was taken to stop North African migrants who arrived in Italy on the small island of Lapedusa after sailing across the Med to get away from the violence of North African countries in protest such as Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.
China – At least 18 people were killed and 155 injured in south China’s Guangdong Province as of Monday after hailstorms and strong winds rocked the region, flood control authorities said.
Egypt – The WSJ reports, a high-level Egyptian court has ordered the dissolution of Egypt’s former ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), fulfilling a central demand of the protest movement that ousted the country’s former president in February.
Uganda – Ugandan police fired tear gas Monday to disperse rioters pelting motorists with stones and arrested 17 opposition leaders taking part in a “walk to work” protest against soaring fuel prices.
Finland – After the recent election, conservative party remains in control of the most seats there. A coalition is said to be forming in the coming month or so.
Yemen – Reuters reports that, clashes broke out in Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hudaida on Monday, wounding at least 15 people as plainclothes police fired shots and protesters responded by hurling rocks, witnesses and doctors said.
Libya – The fighting between opposition forces and Gaddafi’s loyalists. The opposition forces have take back the town of Ajdabiya despiute the fact and after Gaddafi’s forces had shelled their implacements there. The opposition is armed with machine guns mounted on the back beds of pickup trucks, reports say.
Syria – At least 14 people were killed when clashes erupted during anti-government protests held in the Syrian city of Homs, activists said on Monday.
Afghanistan – Voice if America reports that, Afghan officials say a suicide bomber dressed in an army uniform has opened fire inside the Defense Ministry in Kabul, killing at least two people and wounding seven. Authorities say the assailant was killed before he could detonate his explosives. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Japan – Nearly 70 percent of people surveyed by the Nikkei business daily said Prime Minister Naoto Kan should be replaced, and a similar number said the government’s response to the nuclear crisis was not acceptable. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) aid in a recent release that a cold shutdown will be conducted shortly and that the reactors at Fukushima should be stable within six to nine months, reports say.
Iraq – Iraqi officials say two car bombs exploded near an entrance to Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone killing at least five people. Another 15 people were wounded in the bombings, including five Iraqi soldiers. No U.S. troops were involved or hurt.
Burkina Faso – BBC reports that, an army mutiny which erupted last week in the West African state of Burkina Faso has spread to a fourth city. Protests have now broken out in Kaya in the north of the country, following disturbances in Po and Tenkodogo.
Saudi Arabia – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) called on the United Nations and the international community to halt “flagrant Iranian interference” in Gulf affairs, Al-Arabiya TV reported Monday.
Chicago – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s re-trial is scheduled to start this week. Both US prosecutors and Blagojevich’s team of attorneys have re-worked their arguments.
Chicago – Cold weather and snow are still coming into the nation’s Capitol of the Midwest Coast. Parts of southern Wisconsin are also being hit with unseasonably cold weather and winter conditions as well.
Chicago – The Chicago Tribune reports that, for some tea partyers, Rick Santelli ranks with the Founding Fathers. Two years ago, the CNBC newsman famously lost it during a live broadcast from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, giving rise to a larger movement. For some tea party faithful, Santelli’s rant still serves as a rallying point. This morning, thousands of tea party demonstrators are expected to gather at Daley Plaza to vent their frustrations with high taxes and big government.
Chicago - The Cubs and the Sox both lost games yesterday, and home turf Sox fans were sent home with disappointment, they couldn’t watch a winning game on Sunday.
Chicago – Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s legal bills to fight his residency challenge totaled about $800000, according to a report filed with the state elections board. More than two dozen objectors argued Emanuel was not a leagl resident of Chicago and therefore should not have been included on the ballot.
Dallas – Texas wildfires are still continuing and have arrived at the outskirts of the state capitol of Austin. 1,300 firefighters from 34 different states have joined the fray in fighting the flames. 250 homes are said to have been lost, on firefighter killed, and 18 civilians have been injured in the brush-fire outbreak.
Washington DC – The House on Friday approved a 2012 budget on a largely party-line vote, 235-193, mandating $5.8 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the plan to restructure Medicare could lead to less benefits for the elderly at greater cost. No reports as yet say what the greater cost is.
Los Angeles – Former Major League ballplayer Lenny Dykstra is accused of embezzling from a bankruptcy estate: selling and destroying more than $400,000 worth of stuff from his $18 million mansion in Ventura County, the US Attorney’s Office said.
Middle USA – More than 243 twisters were reported and have caused extensive damage from Oklahoma to Virginia since Thursday. Parts of the Midwest and the South were hit by flash floods and hail.
Idaho - After a mine collapse on Friday workers are getting closer to a miner who is trapped. ABC reports that, crews working around the clock to reach 53-year-old Larry Marek have so far dug through 37 feet of earth in the Lucky Friday Mine, Hecla Mining Company spokeswoman Melanie Hennessey said early Monday.
San Francisco – Officials say a 16-year-old girl has survived a fall from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The Fire Department and the US Coast Guard say the girl was in the water for 20 minutes Sunday before being pulled to safety and conscious.