Global news bulletin 17/04/2012

Posted: April 17, 2012 in News bulletin

Anders Behring Breivik is set to read out a 30-minute prepared statement during today’s court session, his lawyer said.

-A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck near the Chilean capital, causing hundreds of people to flee from buildings in Santiago in panic. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

-Argentine President Cristina Fernandez unveiled plans to seize control of leading energy company YPF, drawing swift warnings from key trade partners like Spain and risking the country’s further economic isolation.

The World Bank has named a Korean-American medical doctor, Jim Yong Kim, as its next president, despite criticism of the selection process by his rivals for the job.

Mitt Romney‘s campaign confirmed that a trusted aide of the former Massachusetts governor will lead the search for his running mate in November, as the presumptive Republican nominee trails President Barack Obama by 9 points in the latest CNN/ORC International nationwide poll.

-Prime Minister Julia Gillard says Australia will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan earlier than planned. Ms Gillard made the announcement in a speech in Canberra, and ahead of a key Nato conference on Afghanistan in Chicago next month.

-The US Secret Service has revoked the security clearances of 11 agents accused of hiring prostitutes on the eve of President Barack Obama‘s weekend trip to the Americas Summit in Colombia.

-Human rights are still being violated in Bahrain despite promises of reform, according to the campaign group Amnesty International. As the country prepares to host the Grand Prix, Amnesty warns “no-one should be under any illusions that the country’s human rights crisis is over”.

-Women danced in their underwear at a “bunga bunga party” held by Silvio Berlusconi, a woman testified yesterday at the former Italian prime minister’s trial on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute, Italian media reported.

Pippa Middleton attended a decadent 18th century-themed fancy dress party in Paris just hours before she was photographed with a man aiming a pistol as he sat at the wheel of a car.

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

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