Global roundup

Thai fire convictions

Two men have been jailed over a 2009 fire in a Bangkok which killed 67 revelers. The nightclub caught fire after New Years Eve fireworks. The club owner and the man responsible for the crackers were sentenced to three years' prison.

Gay ban repealed

A two-decade old ban on openly-homosexual individuals in the US military has finally been officially dumped. The US Congress voted to repeal the controversial "don't ask, don’t tell" policy last year after national protests.

SA miners sue

South African miners are suing mining giant Anglo American in Britain's High Court for millions in compensation for bad health. Ex-workers in the company's South African mines say they contracted lung disease because of poor ventilation.

Japanese typhoon kills

At least four people are dead after a powerful typhoon hit disaster-ravaged Japan last week. Typhoon Roke was headed for the town home of the nuclear reactor which leaked after March's Tsunami but later moved away.

Guatemala shakes

Four earthquakes in southern Guatemala killed four people, local authorities say. The largest of the quake recorded 5.8 on the Richter Scale and rattled building in the capital, Guatemala City, burying cars and damaging homes.

Pakistan floods

Flooding continues to cause widespread heartache in Pakistan. A week after the flooding began in two provinces, 361 people have been confirmed dead and 600,000 more forced into refugee camps.

Breivik silenced

The man responsible for the deaths of 77 people in a terrorist attacks in Norway in July will spend at least another four weeks in solitary confinement. Anders Breivik was refused permission to speak during a court hearing in Oslo.

Hikers free to roam

The Omani government paid the $1 million bail to free two American hikers jailed in Iran for more than two years. After global condemnation over the detention, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, were granted bail on Tuesday and flew to Oman.

Downgrade dramas

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has attacked the downgrading of the country's debt by rating agency Standard & Poor's. Although it improved European markets, he said the country would turn around in "the short-term".

Money meltdown

Global financial markets plummeted in value on Thursday as investors saw signs of economic weakness around the globe. Contributing to the losses were the Federal Reserve's warning of a "significant" downside risk to the US economy and uncertainty in Europe.

Saleh returns

After three months in hiding following unprecedented democracy demonstrations, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is back in the capital, Sanaa. Syrian TV reports he returned to the country from Saudi Arabia last week.

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