Global news bulletin 11/04/2012

Posted: April 11, 2012 in News bulletin

-Indonesia, India and Thailand have downgraded tsunami alerts that had been issued following powerful earthquakes off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province, prompting evacuations from coastal regions. First quake was measured at a magnitude of 8.6, according to the US Geological Survey, which revised down an earlier 8.9 estimate.

-Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos told the Cabinet that Greece will hold a snap election on May 6, Greek state media reported.

-Spanish ministers and European Union officials took turns to deny that the country needed an international bailout, in an effort to soothe the bond market.

-Syria will end military operations tomorrow, state TV has said, the day a ceasefire brokered by the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria is scheduled to come into effect.

-The first president of Algeria, Ahmed Ben Bella, has died at his home in Algiers following an illness, official media say. Mr Ben Bella, who was reportedly aged 96, was released from hospital after undergoing tests in February.

-Germany’s upstart Pirate Party has overtaken the Greens to become the third strongest political grouping in the country, according to a new poll.

-In his last speech to the Duma as Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin recounted his successes in office, including reducing inflation and increasing living standards.

-North Korea is in the process of injecting fuel into a long-range rocket ahead of a planned launch that’s been condemned internationally. Pyongyang says the launch, due over the next few days, is simply designed to put a weather satellite into space.

-The U.S. Department of Justice brought today a lawsuit against Apple and several publishing companies over a scheme to fix e-book prices.

-The Hunger Games director Gary Ross says he has not been given enought time to do justice to the film’s first sequel, called Catching Fire, which is due to be released in November 2013.

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

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