Global news roundup

Bin Ladens deported

Pakistan has deported the family of late al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, to Saudi Arabia, just days ahead of the first anniversary of his death. His three wives and their children were detained by authorities after he was killed in a military strike.

Taylor found guilty

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes by a United Nations-backed court. He was also convicted of murder, rape and terrorism during Sierra Leone’s civil war in the 1990s.

Police targetted

A police station in the Bahrain capital, Manama, has been attacked by protesters armed with petrol bombs after a funeral for a demonstrator killed in clashes last week. Salah Abbas Habib, 36, was killed by police protesting the Formula One race.

Murdoch apologises

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has apologised for failing to uncover the extent of hacking used by his British newspaper, News of the World. While fronting an inquiry, he said he was not told the truth and was a victim of the cover-up.

Hate reprinted

A German publisher will reprint Adolf Hitler’s manifesto, Mein Kampf, for the first time since the end of World War II. Academics and Jewish leaders have supported the move. The edition will have an additional historians’ commentary included.

No aliens: weatherman

Tree pollen has caused a green-tinged fog to descend on Moscow. Russia’s weather service reassured the city’s citizens that it was not an alien invasion, as was suggested by a tabloid newspaper. Birch trees began flowering after a cool spring.

Batsman offered seat

Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar has been offered a seat in the country’s parliament. The 39-year-old’s name was among the four put forward for a vacant seat. The sport’s highest run-getter has said he plans to continue playing.

Fresh case rejected

Portuguese authorities have dismissed calls by British police to re-open the case into the 2007 disappearance of missing girl, Madaleine McCann. Police officer Pedro do Carmo said there were “no new elements” to allow for more investigation.

Canada riots

Riot police in Montreal have arrested 85 people during violent demonstrations against a planned increase university fees. The breakdown of talks between student groups and government prompted protesters to smash windows of businesses and cars.

Nigeria blasts

At least six have been left dead after explosions at two offices of a Nigerian newspaper in Abuja and Kaduna. Three died in each blast which witnesses said may have been a suicide bombing. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Forest bill passes

Controversial legislation easing the protection of forests has been passed by Brazilian politicians. Farming lobby groups argue it will improve food production but environmentalists claim it will lead to further destruction of the Amazon.

Fresh Bo claims

Disgraced Chinese government powerbroker Bo Xalai may have had a hand in wiretapping of conversations of president Hu Jintao. Bo was stood down from the communist party after his wife was accused of murdering a British businessman.

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