Steel workers from the nearby ArcelorMittal plant take part in a demonstration in Marseille, France, on Thursday. Strikes across France delayed flights, closed schools, and frustrated commuters as workers protested government plans to raise the retirement age past 60, one of the lowest even in Europe. President Nicolas Sarkozy says retiring so young is now untenable given growing life spans, but unions see his planned reforms to France's over-stretched pension system as yet another blow to Europe's social model.
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is larger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill off the coast of Alaska, according to federal government estimates.
US Geological Survey estimates on the flow of oil from the wrecked wellhead are more than double what BP has been claiming, leading some to accuse BP of misrepresenting the flow of oil to minimize fines.
President Obama announced a series of new steps to deal with the aftermath of the spill.
The First Baptist Church of Chalmette, La., held a vigil Wednesday night. With so much still unknown about the Gulf oil spill, many residents say there’s only thing of which they can be certain: the presence of a higher power guiding it all.
The oil spill 'top kill' was proceeding according to plan Wednesday night, BP officials said. But they added that it could be another 24 hours before they know if it worked.
Via BP's top kill video, Americans are seeing how billion-dollar disasters unfold and why companies need to spend big sums to avoid them.
Israeli children take cover in a classroom during an air raid siren drill at Gordon school in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Air raid sirens have sounded across Israel as part of a massive four-day-long air raid drill. Israel is practicing its response to a widespread rocket attack all over the country.
Manatees, bluefin tuna, and Kemp’s ridley turtles are especially challenged by the BP oil spill. The Kemp’s ridley turtle is an endangered species that until recently was threatened with extinction.
The 'top kill' procedure aims to cap the undersea well feeding the BP oil spill in the Gulf. The US Coast Guard gave approval Wednesday to proceed.