At least three elderly people were killed when a blaze ripped through a Sydney nursing home on Thursday night. About 50 people had to be evacuated and it took 100 fire fighters an hour to bring the flames under control. Police are investigating the cause.
Israel under fire
Israel’s ambassador to France has been called to a meeting in Paris with the foreign Ministry after an air strike on Gaza wounded the French consul, his wife and daughter. The family was hit by shrapnel from the missile attack but the injuries are unclear.
Gay murderer jailed
A Ugandan man who murdered a gay activist has been sentenced to 30 years in jail. Enoch Nsubuga, 22, claims he responded to unwanted advances when he attacked David Kato outside Kampala in January. The killing attracted worldwide condemnation.
Nuclear threat grows
The director of the world’s nuclear watchdog said Iran had questions to answer about its nuclear program. Yukiya Amano said the body had credible evidence the rogue Iranian regime was working to develop nuclear weapons.
Peruvian authorities will investigate the forced sterilisation of up to 300,000 women.
About 2000 cases – which allegedly took place during other procedures in the 1990s – have officially been reported but human rights organisations believe it was widespread.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed his extradition from Britain to Sweden on sex charges to the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court. The matter will be heard early next month. He has been under house arrest for almost a year.
Blatter under fire
Sepp Blatter, the head of the world’s football body, FIFA, is under pressure to resign after saying there was no racism in the sport. He added that if a player is abused he should simply shake hands with his opponent and “move on”.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States has offered to resign after he was linked to a bid by President Asif Ali Zardari to garner support from Washington to stay in office. The ruling party was concerned about a coup after the death of Osama Bin Laden.
One of four former Khmer Rouge leaders may go free after a UN court in Cambodia ruled he was unfit to stand trial. Leng Thirith, 78, who has dementia, was the former social affairs minister. Prosecutors have 24 hours to object to the ruling.
Police and US Secret Service agents have arrested 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega- Hernandez in relation to a White House shooting incident. Two bullets were found at the US president’s home last Friday, one was stopped by bullet-proof glass.
Italian clothing label, Benetton, has dumped a proposed advertising campaign showing an image of the Pope kissing an Islamic cleric. It was design to represent their “unhate” campaign for tolerance. However, the Vatican expressed its “firmest protest”.
Swim with bite
At least 15 unwary swimmers in Brazil have been bitten by flesh-eating piranhas which have infested a beach once popular with tourists. The swimming spot remains open with authorities asking people to leave the water once bitten, so blood does not attract more.Post published in: News