Apply mourns Jobs
The family of Apple founder Steve Jobs say he died peacefully on Thursday morning. Jobs, credited with the invention of the iPod and iPhone, had a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.
No Greek comedy
Chanting slogans and beating drums, up to 16,000 protestors have taken to the streets of Athens to campaign against government austerity measures. The government budget is being tightened to avoid loan default.
Chinese project sunk
Burma’s dumping of the Irrawaddy River hydroelectric dam project has prompted legal threats from China to protect its $3.6 billion investment. The project had been controversial for its impacts on the environment.
Soviet Union bid
Russian presidential candidate Vladimir Putin, said he plans to create the “Eurasian union”, if elected again next year. It is considered such a union of former Soviet states would boost Moscow’s influence in world affairs.
No President Palin
Controversial former Governor of Alaska and American vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin will not run for the country’s top job. After months of speculation, Mrs Palin said she decided to focus on family instead.
Russian authorities have charged a Chinese man with espionage. Kept secret for almost a year, Moscow revealed Tun Sheniyun was caught trying to get details of its missile system with bribes in October, 2010.
Mayor in murder plot
The murder of a Mexican politician Moises Villanueva last month was politically-motivated, according to judicial officials. Police say the two men who confessed to the crime have implicated a local mayor.
Tutu fires up
The South African government has come under fire from one of the country’s most respected figures for not granting the Dalai Lama a visa. Archbishop Desmond Tutu criticised the move, which cancelled a visit to mark his 80th birthday.
Bribery case begins
Match fixing allegations against two high-profile Pakistani cricket players have finally made it to court. The trial against Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, who have pleaded not guilty, began in London last week.
Whale war wages on
Japanese whalers have vowed to continue with a whale hunt in the Southern Ocean in the upcoming season despite heated battles with conservationists. The fisheries minister said the ships would be given increased protection.
Knox arrives home
The American student acquitted of murder in Italy last week has returned home. Amanda Knox, 24, said “it seemed like everything wasn’t real” as she arrived by plane in her hometown of Seattle.Post published in: Africa News