Thursday, May 21, 2015
Clashes, tires on fire outside Ukrainian parliament in Kiev
Clashes are reported in central
Kiev where crowds of protesters are rallying against the economic crisis and the soaring cost of private loans. Local media say several people have tried to break into the Ukrainian parliament.
The protesters have clashed with police and blocked the entrances to the parliament building.
The so-called "Financial Maidan" crowd is demanding that the parliament approves the law on restructuring private loans in foreign currency, which would convert people's debts into national currency at pre-crisis levels.
Russia's Emergency Ministry staged a massive demonstration of how they deal with an earthquake measuring nine-points on the Richter scale. The scenario that was gamed-out for the drill included fallen buildings, chemical
Ruptured California pipeline leaked up to 105,000 gallons of oil
Tuesday's oil spill off the California coast may have leaked up to 105,000 gallons of oil out from the ruptured pipeline, the Associated Press reported, citing the pipeline's operator.
Originally, US Coast Guard officials estimated that the approximately 21,000 gallons of oil had spilled out of a pipeline operated by Plains All American Pipeline. The type of oil was later identified as crude, and officials said the spill had stretched out to approximately nine miles across Santa Barbara County's Refugio Beach.
stated to AP that the 105,000 gallon estimate was a "worst-case scenario" and that it does not know exactly how much oil actually seeped into the ocean. The pipeline itself is onshore, but oil traveled down a storm drain before hitting the Pacific Ocean.