Global Roundup

Bahrain votes

Parliamentary elections in Bahrain last weekend were marred by clashes between authorities and protesters. While the number of those injured have not been revealed, police said more than 22 people were arrested.

Pope returns home

Pope Benedict XVI has visited his native Germany on a four-day tour comprising meetings with political and religious leaders. The pontiff acknowledged growing disenchantment with the church, highlighting child abuse by clergy.

Putin for president

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin looks set to become president again. Current leader Dmitry Medvedev called on the ruling United Russia party to endorse Putin as its candidate for the presidency. Putin served as president from 2000 to 2008.

Hoaxer charged

The businessman accused of strapping a fake bomb around the neck of an 18-year-old girl in Sydney had been extradited back to Australia. Paul Douglas Peters, 50, was arrested in America and charged in Sydney with extortion.

Davis debate

A heated public debate is ranging in the US over the death penalty after convicted murderer Troy Davis was executed despite calls for clemency from peace campaigners. A poll found support for the punishment is at an all-time low.

Nepal crash

Nineteen people died when a small plane crashed while trying to land near Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, on Sunday. The plane, comprising tourists and three crew members, was returning from a sightseeing tour when it hit a mountain.

Tradition banned

Bullfighting has drawn to a close Spain's Catalonia region – world famous for the fights. The area's politicians voted to ban the symbolic but deadly sport in the interests of animal welfare.

Women to vote

Women in Saudi Arabia will soon be able to vote. King Abdullah announced he would grant women in the strict Islamic state the chance to vote and run in elections in 2015. Only men are eligible at municipal elections to be held today (Thursday).

Tripoli graves uncovered

Officials in Libya's transitional government say they have located a suspected mass grave thought to hold the remains of up to 1270 people. It is believed they may be the victims of a massacre at Abu Salim prison in the 1990s.

Maathai dies

The first African women to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai, died Monday. She was aged 71. The environmentalist, from Kenya, long campaigned for human rights and empowerment of Africans.

IMF plan looms

International Monetary Fund sources in Washington say a large and ambitious eurozone rescue plan is taking shape. The plan is likely to involve an increase in the size of eurozone bailout fund to $2 trillion Euros.

Appeal underway

The young convicted murderers of a British student in Italy may spend life in prison. An appeal is being heard in an Italian court against the 25 and 26-year jail terms handed to Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. The pair deny any involvement in the death of Meredith Kercher.

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