World Roundup: Thursday, April 5 | Print |
Written by Justin Crann   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:14

Here are some of thedailyplanet.com’s international headlines for Thursday, April 5.

Riot police avoid flames from petrol bombs thrown by anti-austerity protesters in Greece on May 5, 2010.
PHOTO COURTESY PIAZZA DEL POPOLO

Greek pensioner's suicide fuels austerity protests

The suicide of 77-year-old Dimitris Christoulas has renewed anti-austerity sentiment in Greece.

Christoulas, a retired pharmacist, shot himself outside of the Greek Parliament yesterday, the BBC reports.

According to Athens News, the pensioner left a suicide note which lambasted the government and its austerity budget.

"The Tsolakoglou government has annihilated ... a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state," Christoulas wrote. "And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life."

The letter has been held up by some as an argument against the budget, the National Post reports.

"The problem is far more serious than a single suicide. It shows that there is a serious – and growing – problem of people in despair," Thomas Gerakis, a representative for Marc pollster organization, told the Post.

Violence intensifies in Syria as ceasefire approaches

Syrian soldiers have persisted in military action against protesters in spite of efforts by the United Nations to broker peace.

Government forces attacked a Damascus suburb today, with snipers and soldiers targetting activists, the Associated Press reports.

News of the violence follows a Reuters report that a U.N. diplomat had been flown in to Damascus to start peace talks yesterday.

The U.N. estimates that more than 9,000 Syrian civilians have been killed in the violence, which has persisted since revolution began more than a year ago.


Malian rebels call for ceasefire

A militant group that captured key areas of Mali earlier this week has declared a ceasefire.

The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad issued the declaration last night on their website. The ceasefire takes effect today.

According to the Guardian, rebel forces captured several key towns in the country's northern regions earlier this week, including Timbuktu and Gao.

Rebel successes came in the wake of a military coup that had left those areas of the country vulnerable.

In response to those successes and sanctions from the African Union and western powers, leaders of the coup restored the constitution and agreed to hold elections, CNN reports.

United States government issues charges against 9/11 masterminds

The United States Department of Defence (DOD) has again charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators for their alleged role in organizing the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Mohammed, along with Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi, will face a military tribunal for charges that include terrorism, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, hijacking aircraft and conspiracy, according to a DOD release.

The conspirators were initially charged by the DOD in Feb. 2008, but charges were withdrawn in Jan. 2010, in order to allow a civilian trial, Fox News reported.

However, the trial was returned to the DOD's purview by U.S. President Barack Obama one year ago, ABC News reported.

 


 



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