Euro Crisis Meeting; Earthquake in Turkey; Gaddafi’s Autopsy


EU leaders are in Brussels today for a crisis meeting on how to resolve the Euro’s financial woes. Germany is resisting calls to increase the bailout fund and cut Greece’s debt. Bloomberg reports “measures on the table include writedowns of as much as 50 percent on Greek debt, 100 billion euros ($139 billion) in fresh capital for banks and the pooling of two rescue funds to deliver as much as 940 billion euros to contain the crisis.” Germany, the EU’s strongest economy, is hesitant to agree to any of these terms. [Bloomberg]

Eastern Turkey experienced a major earthquake today, CNN reports. U.S. seismic reports say it had magnitude of 7.2, while Turkish officials recorded its magnitude at 6.7. The quake caused massive damage to structures in the southeastern city of Van, including the collapse of a seven-story building. There are rescue efforts underway to free people trapped under the debris. [CNN]

An autopsy revealed a gunshot wound to the head as the cause of death for Muammar Gaddafi. His corpse has been on display in the freezer of a shopping center, and Libyans have been lining up to see the former dictator’s body. The Wall Street Journal reports Libya’s chief pathologist, Dr. Othman al-Zintani, “wouldn’t disclose further details or elaborate on Gaddafi’s final moments, saying he would first deliver a full report to the attorney general.” [WSJ]

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers last night 16-7 in the third game of the World Series. The Cardinals’ Albert Pujols had five hits, three home runs, and six RBIs. He became only the third player in history to hit three home runs in a World Series game, and joins Paul Moliter as the only other player to have five hits in the Fall Classic. The Cardinals lead the series 2-1. [ESPN]

It’s expected to be partly cloudy today, with highs in the low-sixties. [TWC]

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