Global news roundup

Long - lost ship found

A ship thought to be about 200 years old has been found on the seabed in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers investigated the site after unusual sonar readings were detected during a clean-up of the 2010 BP oil spill. It is about 4000-feet deep.

Seeing red

World stock markets have plummeted in the wake of a Greece’s inability to form a government after this month’s elections. They will return to the polls on June 17. The country is on the precipice of defaulting on its loans, plunging the eurozone into crisis.

Players suspended

Five Indian cricket players accused of corruption have been stood down by the sport’s authority. A television news program recorded the players discussing delivering no balls and spot-fixing matches. The cricket board is investigating.

Ready to go

Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident, who caused a diplomatic storm between China and United States governments has been issued passport applications for him and his family. He needs permission to accept a university job in the US.

Taylor’s plea

Former Liberian president Charkles Taylor has issued a personal plea to judges to avoid life behind prison bars. He addressed the international war crime tribunal judges who last month convicted him of war crimes against people in Sierra Leone.

Omission fight

Iran is threatening to take internet giant, Google, to court. Officials in Tehran are furious by Google’s failure to omit the name from the body of water they refer to as the Persian Gulf. Google said it is not their policy to name everything in their maps.

Summer’s end

Disco diva Donna Summer has died. She was 63. The Hot Stuff and Bad Girls died of lung cancer in Florida, surrounded by her family. The singer was famous for her heavily – synthesised, suggestive 1970s tracks before becoming a devout Christian.

On the way

Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari says he will attend the NATO summit meeting about the future of Afghanistan in Chicago this weekend. He was invited despite NATOs secretary general initially saying he was not welcome because of border closures.

Mladic’s reprieve

Judges have suspended the war crimes trial against former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic. The prosecution was forced to admit not all evidence was given to the defence. He is charged with the massacre of 8000 Muslim men in Srebrenica.

Killer crash

At least 34 passengers have been killed and dozens more injured after a bus careered into a river in Central Vietnam on Thursday. Many victims were crushed. It was travelling at night about 350kms north of Ho Chi Minh City.

Runaway ‘millionaire’ guilty

A New Zealand woman who fled the country and accessed $7.7million after a bank error jury has been convicted 30 fraud and money laundering charges. Kara Hurring said she thought her partner had won lotto, when she spent about $200,000 in China.

Right royal tension

Protests and tension have overshadowed a lunch attended by the world’s monarchs to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The attendance of the controversial kings of Swaziland and Bahrain drew criticism in the UK and abroad.

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