The refugee crisis in Italy is intensifying, with thousands of new boat people from North Africa arriving on Lampedusa and Sicily. The Italian government has called for an emergency meeting of the EU to discuss the situation.
In other news, a Customs and Border Protection officer in San Diego accidentally let slip during an interview the alarming fact that WMDs have been discovered in at least one container entering the port.
Meanwhile, residents of Northern Australia in areas devastated by Cyclone Yasi have been warned about the danger from cassowaries displaced from their habitat by the storms. The giant birds have long claws, and can seriously injure or kill human beings if roused to attack.
Good news from Switzerland: the Swiss have voted down a anti-gun referendum, which would have made it illegal to keep army-issued firearms at home. 57% of those who voted opposed the measure.
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