Global news roundup

Quake, no shake

Papua New Guinea has been shaken by a 6.7-magnitude earthquake. However experts said it was unlikely the quake, which occurred near Port Morseby, said it would not have caused any damage because it was 100kms underground.

Prince returns

Prince William has returned to Britain after a deployment in the contentious South American Falkland Islands. It caused a diplomatic row with Argentina which claims the territory. The newlywed was part of a four-man crew to provide cover for its civilian and military population.

Bodies found

Divers have discovered five more bodies amid the wreck of Italian cruise liner, Costa Concordia, bringing to 30 the number of dead recovered. There are still two missing, presumed dead. The 2,400 tonnes of oil left on the ship were removed last week.

Mali coup

The borders of West African country of Mali have been closed after a coup led by low-level soldiers. They took control of key buildings in the capital and announced the overthrow on state television to international condemnation.

First Olympians

Saudi Arabia will send female competitors to the Olympics for the first time. Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz has approved the entry of competitors provided their sports – and uniforms – meet decency and religious standards.

Fisherman held

Chinese authorities have detained 21 Vietnamese fishermen in a disputed island of the Paracels in the South China Sea. A Vietnamese official said the men phoned their families and said the Chinese are demanding $10,500 for their release.

Going nowhere

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has pledged to continue serving as monarch during a speech to both houses of parliament to mark her 60 years on the throne. To mark the occasion a stained-glass window in Westminster Hall was dedicated to her.

Hostage freed

A British woman taken hostage in September by Somali pirates has been freed by her captors. Judith Tebbutt, whose husband was gunned down at the Kenyan beach resort she was taken from, was reunited with her son on Wednesday.

Death report

Cocaine use was a contributing factor in the drowning death of Whitney Houston, an American coroner says. The 48-year-old was found submerged in water in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel room. There was evidence she had a heart attack.

Killer killed

The man responsible for gunning down three children and four men in France has been killed during a shoot-out with police after a two day siege. Mohammad Merah jumped out a window of his unit building while firing at officers. He was shot.

Shooter charged

The American solider accused of a March 11 shooting rampage in Afghanistan has been officially charged with 17 counts of murder. Until now only 16 civilians had been reported dead. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales said he had no memory of the attack.

Footballer dies

An Indian footballer has collapsed and died during a match after suffering a suspected heart attack. The 27-year-old, known as Venkatesh, died in hospital. It comes just days after British player Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a match.

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