The unfinished structure of the building to replace the World Trade Centre in New York is now the tallest building in the metropolis’ skyline. Freedom Tower, which will finally stand 541 metres tall, on Monday rose above the Empire State Building.
Sarkozy to sue
French president Nicholas Sarkozy says he will sue a news site which claimed his 2007 election was funded by deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. He said the documents, showing a $66 million transfer, published by Mediapart are a fraud.
Junta reclaim control
Mali coup leaders have claimed control of the capital, Bamako, after hours of fighting. On state television army leaders said they had control of vital assets after a counter-coup attempt by loyalists of ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure.
A ferry accident in north-eastern India has killed about 100 people. Around 350 passengers were on board the double-decker vessel cruising in Brahmaputra River. Authorities say strong winds and rain may have been a factor in the disaster.
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who last week escaped house arrest, is believed to be under United States protection in Beijing. However, President Barack Obama and the State Department would not confirm knowledge of Guangcheng’s whereabouts.
Investigations have found former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem drowned. His fully-clothed body was found in the River Danube in Vienna. Police said while toxicology results are outstanding, there was no sign of violence or suicide.
A Baghdad court has formally charged Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi with several murder counts. He has gone into hiding and is not expected to attend his trial due to start Thursday. He denies the charges against him.
Weapons crew held
Lebanese intelligence officers have detained crew members of a ship, destined for Syria, which contained a cache of weapons. The Sierra Leone flagged ship has three containers of machine guns, artillery shells, rockets and launchers.
Two Cuban actors missing during a promotional visit to the United States have defected. They were promoting a film about defectors when authorities lost track of them in Miami. Speaking on television they said they would seek asylum for a “better future”.
A Peruvian police officer has survived more than two weeks in the jungle and skirmishes with rebels. Luis Astuquillca was trying to find hostages captured by rebels when he and a colleague were captured. The other man remains missing.
A dwindling population has prompted the Australian Government to list the koala as a threatened species. Habitat loss and disease have lead to a decrease of up to 40 percent in Eastern regions, while they have thrived in southern states.
A rusty motorbike from Japan has washed up on a beach in Canada. Local media reports the registration plates indicate it was from a region hard hit by last year’s tsunami. Japanese authorities will now find out whether its owner survived.Post published in: World News