Global news bulletin 08/05/2012

Posted: May 8, 2012 in News bulletin

Greece‘s radical leftist Syriza party is to start trying to build an anti-austerity cabinet and prevent fresh elections, a day after the conservatives failed to form a coalition government. Alexis Tsipras, Syriza’s leader, is holding talks with President Carolos Papoulias and will be given three days to form a government.

-The election of François Hollande as president of France sent shock waves through markets in Asia and Europe and prompted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to lay down red lines about Europe’s future. In his victory speech Sunday night, Hollande signaled a possible end to the sharp budget cuts that have become a European article of faith in response to economic and budget crises across the continent

Dmitry Medvedev has been re-appointed as Russian prime minister over winning approval from parliament. Medvedev has served as president over the past four years. He took over at the Kremlin in 2008 following a job swap with Vladimir Putin, who won a much-criticised presidential election in March.

-Former Libyan fighters demanding unpaid stipends have attacked and surrounded the headquarters of the interim government, witnesses say.The attack left three dead and several others wounded, according to an interior ministry official.

-In a surprise move, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has called off plans for early elections and formed a unity government with the centrist Kadima party. The recently elected head of Kadima, Shaul Mofaz, will be named deputy prime minister in the newlook government, officials said.

-The Serbian party founded by Slobodan Milosevic, the former president, has emerged as potential kingmakers after general elections in which neither the liberal nor nationalist camps clinched clear victory.

-Medications made of human tissue have not been found in China, the country’s Health Ministry said after reports that pills made from the flesh of dead babies were smuggled from China into South Korea.

-Ukraine’s jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko will end her 19-day hunger strike, says her daughter. Yevgenia Tymoshenko said her mother would be moved to hospital on Wednesday to be treated by a German doctor.

-American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” has been a standard bedtime story for at least three generations, has died at the age of 83.

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

Comments are closed.