Global News bulletin 02/04/2012

Posted: April 2, 2012 in News bulletin

-Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to start implementing a peace plan by April 10. Kofi Annan told the UN Security Council there has been no progress yet in halting the bloodshed.

-At least 31 people died in a plane crash in Siberia today according to Russian officials. This is the latest in a string of deadly crashes that have eroded confidence in Russia’s commitment to air safety.

-Hungary’s parliament has accepted the resignation of President Pal Schmitt, who announced he was stepping down after losing his doctorate in a plagiarism scandal.

-Unemployment in the eurozone reached its highest level in almost 15 years in February, with more than 17 million people out of work. Economists said they expected job office queues to grow even longer later this year.

-The French Interior Ministry announced today that it has deported two Muslims and plans to expel three more in a crackdown after the killing of seven people by a suspected Islamic extremist.

-President Barack Obama admitted he was confident the U.S. Supreme Court would uphold the healthcare reform law that has been one of the signature issues of his presidency.

-A Pakistani judge sentenced Osama bin Laden‘s three widows and two daughters to 45 days of house detention for living illegally in Pakistan, according to the widows’ lawyer.

-The party of  Suu Kyi announced that it won nearly every seat in the weekend’s closely watched by-elections in Myanmar, a startling result that showed strong support for the opposition even among government employees and soldiers.

-On the 30th anniversary of the invasion, Argentine president calls Britain’s stance on the Falklands ‘absurd’ and accuses the UK of colonialism.

The Olympics will increase the already “extreme” risk of a flu pandemic spreading in the UK, a report has said.

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