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Gulf oil spill threatens economic, environmental catastrophe

By Shannon Jones, 30 April 2010

The leak from the collapsed BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is five times larger than original estimates, threatening wholesale environmental devastation.

Jan van der Marck, former chief curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, dies

By David Walsh, 30 April 2010

Jan van der Marck, the former chief curator of the Detroit Institute of Arts and a remarkable figure in the world of art, died April 26 after a long battle with cancer.

US Supreme Court deals further blow to separation of church and state

By John Burton, 30 April 2010

On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court reversed the decision of a lower court, which had blocked the federal government from transferring into private hands a small parcel of land bearing an eight-foot cross. The arguments leading court members used to justify this decision constitute an attack on the separation between church and state.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

30 April 2010

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Britain’s general election: An historic political shift

By Chris Marsden, 30 April 2010

Whatever the final outcome of the UK General Election on May 6, British political life has already undergone a tectonic shift.

Two miners killed in Kentucky mine collapse

By Naomi Spencer, 30 April 2010

Two miners were buried Wednesday night by a roof collapse in the western Kentucky Dotiki Mine. The mine, owned by billion-dollar coal company Alliance Resource Partners, has an extensive record of safety violations.

Senate hearing covers up role of government in West Virginia mine disaster

By Samuel Davidson, 30 April 2010

The first of several congressional hearings into the explosion at a mine in West Virginia is setting a precedent for ignoring the criminal culpability of Massey Energy, its executives and government regulators for the death of 29 miners.

German state election reveals an all-party coalition against the population

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 April 2010

The backdrop to the upcoming state election in North Rhine-Westphalia is the rapidly developing economic crisis.

Greek government agrees to deeper cuts in return for expanded bailout

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2010

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou met with trade union and business leaders Thursday to outline new austerity measures designed to more rapidly reduce the country’s budget deficit, in accordance with conditions for an expanded bailout laid down by the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission.

Uneasy standoff in Bangkok after violent clash

By John Roberts, 30 April 2010

A clash on Wednesday between anti-government protestors and Thai security forces has left one soldier dead and two others injured, along with 16 demonstrators.