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Iran is testing new missles

On Sunday Iran's Revolutionary Guard tested five new missiles in a waterway that is critical for oil supplies and transportation.

They tested various types of missiles including coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea weapons.

According to the New York Times, "The Guards' exercises in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz coincided with rising tension between Iran and the West, which says Tehran's nuclear work is aimed at making bombs. Iran denies this."

CNN also mentioned that the war games also included an exercise that used high-speed boats attacking a larger warship.

According to CNN, there have been other Iranian military tests in the past but this one was notable because they announced it in advance.

According to the New York Times, "Iran, a predominantly Shi'ite Muslim state, has said it would respond to any attack by targeting U.S. interests in the region and Israel, as well as closing the Strait of Hormuz. "

This strait is the waterway that allows people to control oil traffic in the Middle East.

Volcanic ash cloud delays thousands of flights in Europe

On Thursday the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull spewed an ash cloud that immediately grounded about 1,000 flights.

The ash cloud continued to spread across Europe and has now cancelled as many as 20,000 flights in and out of Europe.

According to CNN, "It's the worst disruption of air traffic since the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001. Following those attacks, the United States closed its air space for three days, forcing Europe to postpone all transatlantic flights."

Britain's National Air Traffic services continued the ban of flights as far as Monday and are looking at all other possibilities.

It's very apparent that everyone is frustrated. Not just passengers but also the airlines.

Some airlines have been able to proceed with take-offs while others claim to be misinformed.

On a conference call with Eurocontrol on airline representative scolded Eurocontrol by saying they were "being inconsistent in applying flight restrictions and stressed that the flight bans were creating 'a serious economic issue for us.'"

The economic damage for the airlines and Europe are only beginning to be assessed.

The New York Times reported, "The disaster is estimated to be costing airlines $200 million a day, but the economic damage will roll through to farms, retail establishments and nearly any other business that depends on air cargo shipments. Fresh produce will spoil, and supermarkets in Europe, used to year-round supplies, will begin to run out."

Poland mourns the loss of leadership and begins to rebuild

Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed along with some 90 others on Saturday in a plane crash.

A ceremony was held on Sunday for him and he was buried.

CNN reported, "Tens of thousands of Poles across the country observed a two-minute-long moment of silence to remember their president and 95 others killed in the plane crash."

Officials have been feverishly investigating all possible reasons for the plane's failure to land. At this point it's still not entirely clear.

The New York Times reported, "Russian and Polish investigators began Sunday to analyze evidence from the flight recorders in the crash, and prosecutors, forensic pathologists and crash investigators were working with their Russian counterparts both in Smolensk and Moscow, Polish and Russian officials said."

Though it's an extremely difficult time, The country has take affirmative action to start rebuilding it's leadership and structure.

The New York Times reported, "Senior Polish officials sought to reassure the public that the government would continue to function normally despite the loss."

The plane was carrying the president and other officials on its way to a ceremony commemorate the 20,000 casualties of the Soviet massacre 70 years ago.

Multiple earthquakes struck the Pacific Coast on Sunday one as powerful as a magnitude 7.2 was recorded.

According to CNN, "The quake struck at 3:40 p.m. (6:40 p.m. ET) about 175 kilometers (110 miles) east-southeast of Tijuana, Mexico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey."

CNN reported, "At least one person was killed in a building that collapsed in Mexicali, according to the assistant director of civil protection in Tijuana."

According to the LA Times, "At the Knott's Berry Farm theme park, rides were shut down for 20 minutes while they were inspected, said Willie Parker, a spokesman for the park. No one was stranded on any of the rides, Parker said."

Disneyland was also evacuated and apparently no injuries were reported, according to their Twitter feed.

People in the area posted pictures on Twitter and Facebook as it was happening and provided a glimpse into what was happening.

Over 100 trapped in China coal mine

According to the New York Times, "At least 123 people were trapped underground Sunday after water gushed into a coal mine in northern China."

The administration said that 138 workers were rescued but the rest were trapped.

CNN reports that the total number of trapped coal miners was 152. They also said that only 109 coal miners were rescued.

According to CNN the cause of the flood is has not yet been determined.

The New York times notes that "2,631 people died in coal mine accidents in 2009," and these accidents were blamed on the lack of safety standards and poor training.

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