Nigeria, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:44pm

AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Nigeria, at least 9-people were reportedly killed in a violent showdown between the government and its own people. Today is the fourth day of a nationwide strike that's sent tens of thousands of people into the streets for protests. Rising fuel costs have sparked the unrest. Gas prices doubled overnight, after the government scrapped a subsidy. Officials say they had to do it to keep the country from going bankrupt.

Australia – Firefighters are having a hard time containing a fast moving wildfire. The smoke is so bad that police had to wear face masks while evacuating folks from the area. The flames are so intense some locals said they could hear the blaze coming.

South Korea – There was a test of strength and endurance East of Seoul. The test was all part of a military drill to prepare more than 200-special forces soldiers for cold- weather battle. They powered through push-ups in the snow and an ice-cold swim. A commander says it'll help them survive in "the enemy's camp."

Taiwan – The so- called "Three Little Pigs" movement is gaining steam.

It reportedly began when a little boy gave his piggy bank to an opposition presidential candidate and the government declared such contributions illegal. Now spokespeople claim folks have given the opposition some $7-million in "piggy bank" donations.

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