News roundup

Public apology

The Chinese government has apologised to a woman who was forced to abort seven months into her pregnancy. Damning photographs emerged on the internet. She had failed to pay a fine for breaching the country’s one child policy. Several officials have been suspended.

More violence

United Nations troops have again arrived in an empty Syrian town scarred by violence. The stench of death and bodies on the side of the road were found in Al-Heffar, the scene of the latest skirmish. The community fled after fighting between troops and opposition forces.

Travel sickness

Burmese Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Europe for the first time in 24 years. Struggling with jetlag on arrival on Switzerland, she was forced to apologise after being physically ill during a press conference. She will also visit Norway and London.

Jobs cuts

Former world leader in the mobile phone market, Finnish company Nokia has been forced to slash 10,000 jobs. The positions will be cut in Germany, Canada and Finland and was announced to boost public stocks. Samsung and Apple now sell the most mobile phones.

PM ‘guilty’

British prime minister David Cameron has taken the stand at an inquiry into media ethics and admitted he is as “guilty as anyone” of an inappropriately close relationship with the media. Text messages between him and News’ executive Rebekah Brookes were released.

Stanford jailed

Cricket mogul Allen Stanford has been sentenced to 110 years’ jail by a United States court for running a ponzi scheme. The 62-year-old had been found guilty of embezzling $7 billion. The sentencing judge in Houston, Texas, ruled the proceeds of crime should be seized.

Election upheaval

Parliamentary elections held in Egypt last year have been ruled unconstitutional by the country’s highest court. Up to one-third of seats will have to be recontested. Former prime minister Mohammed Mursi was also made eligible for this weekend’s presidential polls.

Ben Ali sentenced

Ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been sentenced to life behind bars. In his absence, Ben Ali was found guilty of the killing of 22 protesters during a revolt after a six-month trial. He and his wife now live in exile in Saudi Arabia.

Armstrong charged

Seven-time Tour de France winning cyclist Lance Armstrong will face charges of doping during his career. After years of rumour, the Unites State Anti Doping Agency indicated it had enough evidence to lay charges. He could be stripped of his titles if found guilty.

Island hostility

Tensions over sovereignty of the British Falkland Islands off the coast of Argentina have again flared. In an address to the UN, Argentinean president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner demanded Britain negotiate. British prime minister David Cameron refused talks.

Suspect found

Japanese authorities may have arrested the final suspect wanted over a 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo underground. Aum Supreme Truth cult members were responsible for the attack which killed 13. Katsuya Takahashi, 54, was reportedly found in a bookshop.

Ocean protection

The Australian government has moved to protect a 3.1 million km2 network of marine parks. The proposed protection, which would not allow fishing or mining, affects about one-third of the country’s ocean resources. It is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

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