News roundup

Bin Laden letters revealed

The United States have released copies of letters found in Osama bin Laden’s possession which reveal the terrorist leader was frustrated by the direction al Qaeda was heading. He also advocated the assassination of president Barack Obama.

Reporters founds dead

The remains of two missing journalists are among four bodies found in a canal on Friday in eastern Mexico. Guillermo Luna Varela and Gabriel Huge were reported missing two days earlier. Authorities said there were signs they had been tortured.

New standards in Vogue

All editors of the world’s Vogue fashion magazine stable have vowed to only feature healthy, over 16 models on its pages. The move is designed to shift the industry’s approach to body image. A six-point pact will appear in its June editions.

Chen begs US

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has begged a US congressional hearing, by phone, to take him and his family to America. Hours later the Chinese foreign ministry said he “can apply” to study abroad. He spent six days in US care after escaping house arrest last week.

One term wonder?

French president Nicholas Sarkozy looks almost certain to face electoral defeat at today’s second presidential election. His socialist opponent, Francois Holland, who won the run-off ballot, has secured widespread support and leads national polls.

Ukraine faces boycott

The European Union has confirmed all of its commissioners intend to boycott Ukraine’s hosting of the Euro 2012 football championship next month. Kiev has been condemned for its treatment of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Glorification banned

Libya’s transitional government has criminalised the glorification and praise of former dictator Moamar Gaddhafi. Those who contravene the law face life behind bars. The law will remain in force until at least June, when elections will be held.

Handover nears

A democratically-elected civilian body could take over control of Egypt by the end of the month if a presidential candidate convincingly wins the May 23 poll, an army spokesman said. A military council has ruled since Hosni Mubarak was deposed last year.

Suu Kyi takes her seat

Former political prisoner and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sworn in as a member of the Burmese parliament. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party initially refused to recite the oath pledging allegiance to the ruling junta.

Qatar’s trailblazers

Three female Qatari athletes – a swimmer, a shooter and a sprinter – have been announced as the country’s first female Olympians. At July’s London Olympics, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Brunei will send women competitors for the first time.

Facebook’s worth

Facebook has revealed a share price of between $28 and $38 ahead of a float on the American exchange in coming weeks. The price places the value of the company at about $95 billion. The social network, which made $1billion profit last year, has 900 million users.

Inflammatory ad

Argentina has provocatively filmed an Olympics-related advertisement on the disputed British territory of the Falkland Islands. Featuring footage of an athlete training, it concludes with the slogan: “To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil”.

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