ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The president of Shell Oil Co. said exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.
At least 11 migrants believed to be Syrians drowned as two boats sank after leaving southwest Turkey for the Greek island of Kos, Turkey's Dogan news agency reported on Wednesday. Separately, a boat carrying six Syrians sank after leaving Akyarlar on the same route. Tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their homeland have descended on Turkey's Aegean coast this summer to board boats to Greece, their gateway to the European Union.
The Forsa poll put Merkel's conservative bloc down one percentage point on 40 percent after a 2-point dip last week, which the pollster blamed on divisions within her party on the third bailout for Greece. The Social Democrats (SPD), who share power with Merkel, were up one point at 24 percent. "Angela Merkel cannot yet score on the dominant issue of refugees because she feels under pressure and it doesn't suit her pragmatic and calm political style," said Forsa chief Manfred Guellner.