Global roundup

Stalin’s daughter dies

Jospeh Stalin’s only daughter, Lana Peters, has died of colon cancer. She died on November 22 in America at the age of 85. The author defected from the Soviet Union in 1967 causing the regime much embarrassment.

Congo elections

Polling stations in the Democratic Republic of Congo opened for only the second time on Monday for the country’s parliamentary elections. More than 18,000 people are vying for 500 seats, authorities said.

Khmer trial video

The Cambodian court trialling three former Khmer Rouge leaders on war crimes charges has been played footage of a defendant denouncing those killed as “traitors”. The footage of Nuon Chea was taken from a 2009 documentary.

NZ election landslide

John Key has been returned as New Zealand’s prime minster with his National Party securing almost half the parliament. The opposition Labour Party only won 27 percent of votes. The parliament comprises a coalition of minor parties.

Not me: Cope

High-ranking member of French president’s UMP party, Jean-Francois Cope, has been forced to deny he had a hand in the downfall of opposition politician, Dominque Strauss-Kahn. Rape charges were dropped against him in August.

Prince rescues sailors

Two British sailors have Prince William to credit for saving their lives after their ship capsized in the Irish Sea. The second in line to the British throne is also a search-and-rescue pilot off the Welsh coast. Five sailors remain missing.

Vale Speed

The British football community is in shock after the Wales national manager, Gary Speed, was found dead in his home. He was 42. The cause of death is not believed suspicious. Speed was married with two children.

Troops step up

A former hotbed of insurgent activity will soon be patrolled by local officers, Afghan president Hamid Karzai has announced. He revealed NATO will withdraw from the city of Ghazni, replaced by Afghan troops

Pakistan takes hit

The killing of more than 25 soldiers in a covert air strike over Pakistan has changed the country’s relationship with the US, Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani said. He said the partnership would only continue with mutual respect.

Mali abduction fears

Authorities in Mali have warned Westerners are increasingly the target of kidnappers. Three foreigners were kidnapped in the country’s north last Friday and a German was killed. Five French people were also abducted, one killed.

Egypt votes

The streets of Egypt were the calmest they had been in weeks on Monday when voters cast their ballots in the first round of elections for the upper and lower chambers of parliament. About 50 million are eligible to vote.

Kuwait government falls

The Kuwait cabinet has resigned. Protestors have gathered in recent months calling for the ousting of Prime Minister Sheik Nasser al-Mohammd. Two weeks ago anti-corruption protesters entered parliament to protest.

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