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Daily Archives: April 27, 2009

WWII bomb found near Merkel’s Berlin apartment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had to be evacuated from her central Berlin apartment over the weekend after a large unexploded World War II bomb was found by construction workers nearby.
The 100-kilogram (220-pound) bomb, which police said was Soviet-made, was discovered on Berlin's Museumsinsel (Museum Island) – a UNESCO world heritage sight – on Friday evening.
The local area was cordoned off, stopping public transport and theatre shows and forcing the evacuation of nearby homes including that of Merkel while the bomb was made safe overnight to Saturday.
The Bild am Sonntag newspaper said the bomb was only 10 centimetres underground and 100 metres from Merkel's flat. Unexploded ordnance is still regularly found throughout Germany more than 60 years after the end of the war.

Two suspected cases of swine flu in France

French health authorities have found two suspected cases of swine flu in travellers returning from Mexico and others are expected to follow, the top health official said in an interview in Paris yesterday.
"We do have suspicions, but these have not been confirmed, about two people who have returned from Mexico," general health director Didier Houssin told Le Parisien newspaper.
"There will certainly not be a lack of other cases in the coming days because there have been a lot of flights and boat trips" from Mexico, he added.
"I would not rule out that a sick person, and therefore potentially contagious, could enter France."
Up to 81 people in Mexico are believed to have died from the new multi-strain swine flu, which has also infected 10 people in the United States.
The World Health Organisation yesterday declared a "public health emergency of international concern" following the outbreak and called on governments to step up surveillance of flu-like symptoms and severe pneumonia.