Global news bulletin 10/04/2012

Posted: April 10, 2012 in News bulletin

-Suicide bombers struck in western and southern Afghanistan today, killing as many as 18 people, according to Afghan officials in Herat and Helmand, where the attacks took place.

-North Korea said the assembly of a rocket it plans to launch in the coming days should be complete today, setting the stage for a move that has been widely criticized by other nations.

-Oil prices at record levels in euro terms are threatening to rock the euro zone’s economy more than might be expected, with those countries least capable of riding out a shock being the worst hit.

-A new psychiatric examination has found that confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is not criminally insane, despite a claim based upon an earlier assessment.

-A court in Egypt has suspended the 100-member assembly appointed last month to draft the country’s new constitution. Several lawsuits had demanded Cairo’s Administrative Court block the decision to form the panel as it did not reflect the diversity of Egyptian society.

-The Belgian government has told striking public transport workers that 400 extra police officers will be deployed in Brussels, after a transport inspector was fatally punched.

-Chinese state media announced that Bo Xilai, the toppled Communist Party chief of Chongqing city, has been suspended from his Party positions and his wife is in custody as a suspect in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

-A Costa Rican diplomat kidnapped in Venezuela has been freed, Venezuela’s minister for justice and the interior said. The diplomat, Guillermo Cholele, was reported kidnapped Sunday night.

-Poland is remembering the victims of the air disaster two years ago to the day that killed 96 people including former President Lech Kaczynski and the country’s first lady.

-President Barack Obama’s campaign team attacked his likely Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, for not paying his “fair share” of taxes ahead of a speech by the president on why millionaires should bear a larger tax burden.

-A winning ticket that claimed part of the record $656m (£413m) US Mega Millions jackpot will be shared between three public school employees. Lottery officials in the US state of Maryland said “the three amigos”, as they call themselves, would share a cash option of $158m.

-Facebook purchased the photo-sharing app Instagram for 1 billion $.

-Japanese electronics giant Sony has forecast an annual loss of $6.4bn, double its previous estimate and a record loss for the firm. In its forecast revealed today, the company blamed the record loss on tax charges related to its US business.

-Nicole Kidman is set to play Grace Kelly, the Oscar-winning Hollywood actor who gave it all up for a life as princess of Monaco.

 

Sources: BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Reuters, euronews, NYT, WSJ

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