Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/23/2010

Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/23/2010The California flood-and-mudslide stories were the big news for me today. I spent a couple of hours browsing news articles and videos, but I forgot to save any of the links. Check Fox or CNN to see some amazing photos and footage.

Parcel bombs exploded at two embassies in Rome today. Anarchists (or possibly Greens) are alleged to be responsible for the exploding packages, which injured two people at the Swiss and Chilean embassies.

In other news, the Chinese have taken exception to criticism by the Vatican of the state-sponsored Chinese Catholic Church, calling such interference “imprudent” and “dangerous”. At the same time China says that it is willing to protect its investment in Europe by bailing out bankrupt EU nations if the current crisis causes more failures.

To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.

Thanks to C. Cantoni, DF, Esther, Insubria, JD, LL, McR, Salome, Steen, TV, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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