Friday, 5 October 2012

Latest World News Friday 5th October 2012 - 8.45pm GMT

Below are some of the latest world news stories for Friday 5th October 2012 at 8.45pm GMT.

Mexico investigates police over killing of politician’s son

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican police officers are among the suspects under investigation in the killing on Wednesday of a son of the former chairman of the country’s most powerful political party.

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 8:32 pm

South Africa’s Amplats fires 12,000 strikers as unrest deepens

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world’s biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through South Africa’s mining sector and beyond.

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 8:17 pm

Georgia vote rivals in talks on smooth transfer

TBILISI (Reuters) – The opposition coalition that won Georgia’s parliamentary election started talks with members of President Mikheil Saakashvili’s party on Friday to ensure a smooth transition of power in the former Soviet republic.

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 7:36 pm

Italy needs anti-corruption authority: Transparency International

ROME (Reuters) – Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International on Friday urged Italy to create an independent authority to fight graft, which costs taxpayers 60 billion euros ($78 billion) a year.

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 7:17 pm

Nervous Venezuelans stock up on supplies before election

(Note: Election law forbids publication of polls in Venezuela for a week before voting)

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 7:00 pm

Armenian president says Azerbaijan threatens new war

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan accused Azerbaijan on Friday of threatening a new war over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh disputed by the south Caucasus neighbors.

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 6:41 pm

As rial plunges, Congress looks at expanding Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in the Congress are looking at ways to expand economic sanctions on Iran, measures that have helped push the country’s currency into free fall but have not yet pressured Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 6:34 pm

American gunman killed in Israeli hotel shoot-out

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An American man opened fire in an Israeli seaside hotel packed with tourists on Friday after losing his job there, killing one person before being shot dead in a stand-off with security forces.

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 5:31 pm

Turkish army returns fire after mortar fired from Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish military returned fire after a mortar bomb fired from Syria landed in countryside in southern Turkey, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported the governor of Hatay province as saying on Friday.

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 5:15 pm

Britain to extradite Islamist cleric to United States

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said it would extradite Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to the United States as soon as possible after the one-eyed radical preacher finally failed in his eight-year battle to avoid deportation.

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 4:45 pm

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