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Front Page: Hurricane Gustav Makes Landfall, Japan's PM Resigns, Italy Agrees to Reparations

Front Page: Hurricane Gustav Makes Landfall, Japan's PM Resigns, Italy Agrees to Reparations

  • Hurricane Gustav Makes Landfall: The storm, varying in reports between a Category 2 and Category 3, made landfall in the area of Port Fourchon, Louisiana around 9 a.m. ET. Grand Isle, directly in the storm's path is covered in water. Between preparations and a smaller storm than expected, the fallout in terms of property damage is estimated to be a quarter of what was expected yesterday.
  • Japan's PM Resigns:
    Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has announced his surprise resignation at a news conference after serving less than a year. His government has been plagued by unpopularity. He said, "If we are to prioritize the people's livelihoods, there cannot be a political vacuum from political bargaining, or a lapse in policies. We need a new team to carry out policies."

  • Italy Agrees to Reparations:
    Italy has agree to pay Libya $5 billion in reparations for its 32-year occupation of the country which ended in 1943. Silvio Berlusconi is set to sign the package which includes construction projects and pensions for Libyans who served with Italy in World War II. In return, Italy wants Libya to monitor illegal migrants turning up on Italy's shores.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i second that - it's great that the storm ended up being a bit less powerful than anticipated although we can certainly see the destruction that it's leaving behind. at least we know that the precautions used this time worked right? there's something to be said about seeing that the PM in Japan stepped down. it's interesting to see that the events of the past year, the unpopularity and the stress that they've gone through can have an effect on the government and how it's run. it's especially interesting to see that it's not at all the same in the US - since we can honestly say that we're not always finding our representatives as popular - yet they usually remain in office
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I'm glad Gustav isn't quite as bad as they predicted - hoping it stays that way and continues to weaken. Of the pictures I saw it looks like Gulf Port MS took a pretty hard beating with the rising tides... so glad so many people evacuated early. :-)
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