Global news roundup

Nato deaths

At least six Nato soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in the south of Afghanistan. It is the deadliest incident since 30 soldiers died in August. The exact cause is being investigated but enemy attack has been ruled out.

Perry quits

Former front-runner Rick Perry has ended his campaign for the White House. After poor polling in the early rounds of voting, the Texas governor said he had lost hope of victory. He endorsed controversial former competitor Newt Gingrich.

Sharing no more

American officials have shut down one of the world’s most popular file-sharing websites, Megaupload. The company’s founders were arrested in New Zealand and charged with piracy. Hacker groups say they plan revenge.

President immune

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani has told the Supreme Court the president has full immunity and should not face corruption charges. Gilani was charged with contempt of court for not investigating allegations of impropriety.

Police jailed

Seven former Haitian police officers have been jailed for the death of prisoners, killed in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake. Found guilty of murder and attempted murder charges, the men were jailed for two to seven years.

Kodak closes

Iconic film photography brand Kodak has filed for bankruptcy in America. Business analysts argue the company had failed to prepare for the arrival of digital photography. It had not made a profit since 2007.

Flu death

An Indonesian toddler in the capital Jakarta has died of bird flu. The H1N1 virus-related death brings to five the number of people to die of the disease in the last three weeks. The influenza strain has killed 342 since 2003.

Booze anger

FIFA and organisers of the next football World Cup in Brazil are fighting over the sale of alcohol at the games. The practice is banned under Brazilian law. Due to sponsorship, FIFA wants a law change before the 2014 event.

Organiser free

The organiser of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India has been granted bail after he was arrested nine months ago on corruption charges. He is accused of overinflating prices. Missed construction deadline caused bad publicity.

Famine threat

An American envoy fears people in Sudan are at risk of a deadly famine unless aid organisations are granted permission to enter conflict areas. However, President Princeton Lyman said violent militants made it too dangerous.

Extension push

Arab League observers on a fact-finding mission in Syria are pushing for an extension of the excursion which was to wrap-up Thursday. The Syrian regime resisted. A report into political tensions in the country was due this weekend.

Hackers pay-out

Actors, sportsman and politicians are among 18 people to be awarded payouts after having their phones hacked by News of the World******. British actor Jude Law, who was awarded about $180,000, said he wanted to know what the paper did.

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