Global news bulletin 05/04/2012

Posted: April 5, 2012 in News bulletin

-Greeks paid tribute today to an elderly man who took his own life in central Athens in an apparent response to the hardship caused by the austerity crisis.

-A reactor at a nuclear power station in northern France has been shut down automatically after smoke was given off, according to the operator EDF.

Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League point man on Syria, urged the Bashar al-Assad regime to cease violence and carry out his six-point plan for peace.

Nicolas Sarkozy has unveiled his economic manifesto for re-election as president of France, less than three weeks before the first round of voting.

-Leading Italian populist politician Umberto Bossi has resigned as head of the Northern League after a financial scandal engulfed the party.

-People in Sarajevo are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war  and in particular remembering the two young women who became the first symbolic civilian victims.

Switzerland‘s determination to stop its currency appreciating against the euro was tested as the Swiss franc briefly strengthened past the level its central bank has promised to defend.

-Messages by the international hacking group Anonymous went up on a number of Chinese government websites to protest internet restrictions.

Whitney Houston drowned face down in a tub of “extremely hot water” about 12 inches deep, the final autopsy report on the singer’s death said.

-The US non-governmental organisation Invisible Children has released a follow up video to the hugely popular internet documentary calling for the capture of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony.

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