A drunken Russian snowplow driver at a Moscow airport caused a plane to crash that killed French oil giant Total CEO Christophe de Margerie.
Russia Today reports that, "It was determined in the course of the investigation into the Moscow plane crash that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total that the driver of the snowplow which likely caused the crash was drunk. “It has been determined that the driver of the snowplow was under the influence of alcohol,” head of Russia’s Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told the reporters on Tuesday."
Stringent European Union environmental regulations are forcing the shut down of power plants in Great Britain.
According to the Daily Telegraph of London, "Two more power plants are due to close by next winter under EU anti-pollution rules, making the UK even more vulnerable to blackouts if there are further incidents such as the Didcot fire."
The computerized payment system for the Bank of England collapsed overnight.
The Guardian reports that, "The Bank of England apologised last night after a crucial payments system collapsed, forcing Mark Carney to launch an urgent investigation following the delay of hundreds of thousands of payments, including for homebuyers waiting for money to be transferred to pay for their new homes."
The Met of New York City will soon debut Jihadist Opera, called, "The Death of Klinghoffer."
According to NewsMax, "Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Pete King have joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists. About 400 people stood behind barricades Monday, chanting "Shame on the Met."
The Facebook social media site has engaged in a censorshoip campaign to ban anti-Obama postings.
The Daily Caller reports that, "Some people are not happy with a on a large portion of the crowd walking out on President Obama at a Maryland campaign speech Sunday — and they’re reporting it as spam."
BEIJING: The capital city of China hosted a smog marathon over the weekend and over 30,000 competed for the smog running champion award.
China Radio International reports that, "The Beijing International Marathon concluded Sunday in heavy smog with Ethiopian Fatuma Sado Dergo finishing first in the 42.195-kilometer run. The 2014 Beijing marathon went on as scheduled for the 23rd straight year despite heavy smog that has hit Beijing since Saturday."
The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) has issued a fatwa to forbid all Muslims in Malaysia from attending dog petting festivals.
According to Channel NewsAsia, "The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) said it will conduct a thorough investigation on the "I Want To Touch A Dog" event which received overwhelming response from Muslims in the country."
The Kiev government of the Ukraine is demanding that Poland provide free coal to its citizens for the upcoming winter, but Warsaw is refusing to do so.
Russia Today reports that, "Now that Ukraine wants to receive Polish coal, and not Russian gas, free of charge, the Kremlin said it is surprised at Warsaw’s inconsistency towards Ukraine’s energy crisis."
Press TV reporter Serena Shim, died under mysterious circumstances in Turkey.
According to Press TV, "Shim, an American citizen of Lebanese origin, was killed on Sunday as she was in Turkey to cover the ongoing war in the strategic Syrian town of Kobani. She was going back to her hotel from a report scene in the Turkish city of Suruç when the car carrying her collided with a heavy vehicle. The identity and whereabouts of the truck driver remain unknown."