Global news bulletin 04/04/2012

Posted: April 4, 2012 in News bulletin

-A 77-year-old Greek man took his life in Athens’s central Syntagma Square this morning, in what appeared to be a protest against a deepening economic crisis that has coincided with a rising national suicide rate.

-The head of Somalia‘s Olympic committee and its football chief are among eight people killed in a bomb attack on a high-profile event in Mogadishu.

-The US has formally sent to trial five suspected al-Qaeda militants believed to have planned the 9/11 terror attacks.

-US officials in Texas are assessing the damage after as many as a dozen tornadoes swept through densely populated areas of Dallas-Fort Worth.

-Former Turkish President Kenan Evren is standing trial for leading a 1980 coup that shaped the country for three decades.

-The US general election campaign has effectively begun, after another trio of state primary wins for Mitt Romney prompted his aides to declare victory in the Republican contest to challenge President Barack Obama.

-The UN Security Council has called for an end to hostilities in northern Mali and a return to constitutional rule two weeks after the country’s coup.

-Serbian President Boris Tadic has said he intends to resign 10 months before the end of his term, clearing the way for joint parliamentary and presidential elections in May.

Yahoo is laying off 2,000 employees as new chief executive Scott Thompson sweeps out jobs that do not fit into his plans for turning around the beleaguered internet company.

-Wax models of William and Kate went on display at Madame Tussauds in London Wednesday, and were immediately swamped by onlookers keen to get close to the “royal couple.”

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