Leak capped, Wall Street tumbles, Somalis hijack tanker and more world headlines
Gulf Oil Spill: First Leak Capped, says BP: BP has closed off the smallest of the three leaks, but about 800,000 litres of oil is still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. As well, a controlled burn of the oil is expected to occur today.
Wall St. Stumbles as Europe's Debt Worries Linger: Traders are still concerned about a possible European banking disaster, even despite the rescue package being put forward by the EU and IMF to help ease Greece's monetary woes. Demonstrations against austerity measures in Greece continued, with three people dying when a bank in Athens was set on fire.
US., Other Big Powers to Refrain from Atomic Tests: The U.S., Russia, China, Britain, and France have agreed to continue to refrain from conducting atomic tests and have called for all nations to ratify a treaty banning all nuclear explosions.
Somalis Hijack Russian Tanker, Warship Dispatched: Somali pirates hijacked a Russian tanker 350 miles off the coast of Yemen, carrying $52 million worth of crude oil and 23 crew members. A Russian warship has been dispatched to intercept the tanker and rescue the crew members.
UK Leaders Scramble for Votes in Final Hours: Leaders from Britain's Three major parties are scrambling for votes before the country's May 6 election. Britain has not had an election campaign this close to call in some time, partially due to the sudden emergence of Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown's public gaffe where he called a woman a 'bigot', while accidentally leaving his mic on.
Liberal Democrat Relishes Central Role in Race: Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrat Party is relishing the chance to inject new life, and a new voice into the traditional two party dominance of The Labour and Conservative Parties within the British political spectrum.