ABC News on the Map – Aug. 13

Aug 13, 2012 1:29pm


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Bajeh Baj, Iran: Death Toll of Twin Earthquakes Raises to 306

Iran has raised the death toll from Saturday’s twin earthquakes to 306, a day after rescuers called off the search for survivors. Read more

Des Moines, Iowa: Obama, Ryan Set for First Campaign Clash

Obama embarks on a bus tour from Council Bluffs, cutting across the drought-stricken farmland over three-days to hit seven stops along the way, while Ryan will “drop by” the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on his first day of solo campaigning. Read more

Oslo, Norway: Gov. Report Blasts Police Response to Massacre

Norwegian authorities could have prevented or interrupted the bomb and gun attacks by a far-right fanatic that killed 77 people last year, a government appointed commission said Monday. Read more

Persian Gulf: USS Porter Collides With Oil Tanker

The USS Porter was passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf when it struck the Japanese-owned tanker M/V Otowasan coming the other way.  Read more

Vatican City: Pope’s Butler, 2nd Layman Face Trial in Theft Case

A Vatican judge ordered the pope’s butler and a fellow lay employee to stand trial for allegedly pilfering documents from Pope Benedict XVI’s private apartment, a scandal that embarrassed the Vatican. Read more

Dallas, TX: West Nile Virus Outbreak: Planes Spraying County After 8 Deaths

Facing the worst outbreak of West Nile virus in the nation this year, Dallas County is conducting aerial sprays today to try to contain the mosquitoes that carry the disease. Read more

South Africa: Losing the Battle against Rhino Poachers

As a growing number of endangered African rhinos are poached for their horns due to high demand in Asia, officials and activists are scrambling for ways to halt the slaughter.  Read more

Geneva, Switzerland: Syrian Diplomat at UN Joins Opposition

A Syrian diplomat working at the United Nations in Geneva has joined his country’s opposition after deciding he can no longer represent President Bashar Assad’s regime. Read more

London, England: USA wins most medals

Spice Girl rallied for the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics, which the US led with 46 gold medals. Read more

Bahrain: Court Jails Man Over Muhammad Wife Insult

Bahrain’s attorney general says a 19-year-old man has been sentenced to two-years in jail for defaming one of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives. Read more

LaGuardia Airport, NY: Jet Skier Breaks Through JFK Airport’s $100 Million Security System

A man whose jet ski failed him in New York’s Jamaica Bay swam to John F. Kennedy airport, where he was easily able to penetrate the airport $100 million, state-of-the art security system. Read more

Times Square, NY: Police Shoot and Kill Man

Police shot and killed a man they say lunged at them with a knife in a confrontation that began in Times Square and drew officers and spectators on a chase that ended with shots fired. Read more

Los Angeles, CA: Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux Reportedly Engaged

“Justin Theroux had an amazing birthday on Friday, receiving an extraordinary gift when his girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston, accepted his proposal of marriage,” Theroux’s rep told People magazine.  Read more

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