Colossal Volcano Eruption Sends Ash Plume Two Miles High in Philippines
(Russia Today: February 21, 2011) The eruption of Mount Bulusan in the province of Sorsogon in the Philippines sent clouds of ash almost two miles high and forced thousands of people to flee. Bulusan's last major eruption was in 2006.
Ousted Tunisian President 'Stashed' Cash
(Euronews: February 20, 2011) Tunisia's former president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, stashed cash, gold, diamonds, and other precious items in secret spots in his palace in Tunis, according to state television. He was overthrown last month after 23 years of authoritarian rule.
Mexico Villagers Establish Local Police
(Al Jazeera English: February 19, 2011) Villagers in the highlands of Jolochitan in Guerrero, Mexico have established a DIY system for local policing that is proving effective. The southwestern state of Guerrero has long fought a battle with guerrilla fighters.
Tiger Escapes at Tokyo Zoo
(ITN News: February 22, 2011) Zookeeper Shuuhei Yamaguchi donned a tiger costume to help fellow Tokyo Zoo staff practice a tiger escape emergency drill. It took the staff an hour to recapture him.