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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

UN Wants Libyan Ceasefire

The UN secretary general has requested that Gadhafi forces stop bombing civilians, and asks for an "immediate, verifiable ceasefire."  Ban Ki-moon also stated that he wants humanitarian aid to be allowed into the area unimpeded to help those affected by the fighting.  Meanwhile, NATO stated that while Gadhafi's compound may have been collapsed during the recent round of shelling, that it was not itself the specific target of any shots fired.  Brigadier General Claudio Gabellini, the NATO chief operations officer in Libya, stated that NATO is only taking aim at military targets, and the buildings hit are all command and control bunkers.


In other news, rumours that a deceased seismologist predicted that a major earthquake would hit Rome, Italy on May 11th this year has caused a minor exodus from the city.  Raffaele Bendandi, the seismologist who predicted this event, died in 1979, but not before saying that May 2011 the city of Rome would be 'totally destroyed' and that this event would be followed by two more disasters in May 2012.  Most Romans, however, are dismissing the rumours as an urban myth.  Guess we'll see what tomorrow brings.

In Greece, police have fired tear gas at thousands of protesters in the centre of Athens today. 

Apa Sherpa, 51, climbs Mount Everest for the 21st time, setting new Everest record by beating his own total.

The Commodore 64 is making a comeback, with an original-looking 'keyboard computer' housing current components.  Commodore USA is selling them now, for delivery in June, for the same price as the original was sold for: $595 US.  Mouse and monitor sold separately.

Gas prices in Toronto, Canada, have for the second day in a row set new records.  Today's prices, after a second overnight bump, have reached $1.41 per litre, which works out to be $5.34 per US gallon.

More news as it happens...

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