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8 May, 2012

23:21

Romney wins Indiana Republican primary

­Mitt Romney has won the Republican Party's Indiana presidential primary.
That victory and other expected wins Tuesday in North Carolina and West Virginia are certain to push Romney closer to the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the GOP nomination. The trio of states is likely to hand Romney 100 or so delegates of the 288 he still needs.

22:34

Al-Qaeda would-be bomber actually worked with CIA

­US and Yemeni officials said that a would-be bomber at the heart of an al-Qaeda plot was working for US intelligence all along, AP reports. He was a double US-Saudi agent who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for a suicide mission.

21:55

Police clash with rioting prisoners in Venezuela

­Venezuelan police have clashed with a group of rioting inmates at the La Planta prison. The inmates reportedly opened fire from within the prison, while police responded by firing tear gas, Minister for the Penitentiary System Iris Varela reported. There were no reports of injuries. Prisoners began rioting after authorities tried to transfer them to other detention facilities, stating that the La Planta prison did not meet standards. Police and prisoners had clashed at the prison on April 30, after authorities uncovered a secret tunnel that a group of inmates was planning to use to escape the facility.

17:53

Red Cross backs Palestinian hunger strikers

­The International Committee of the Red Cross has urged Israeli authorities to transfer six Palestinian hunger-strikers to a “sustainable hospital” so that their condition can be “continuously monitored.” There are currently some 1,600 detainees refusing food in Israeli prisons, demanding a resumption of family visits from Gaza and an end to solitary confinement. The six “administrative detainees,” who are in "imminent danger of dying" according to the ICRC, have refused food for between 47 and 71 days. Israel has a long-standing procedure of “administrative detention” which allows the country to detain suspects indefinitely without charge, simply by repeating the implied maximum six-month periods of detention time after time. The UN has raised concerns about the practice, saying that according to international law it should be used only in “exceptional cases” and that the prisoners have the right to challenge the “lawfulness of the detention.”

16:58

India rejects US calls for Iranian oil ban

­Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna has turned down Washington's call to halt imports of Iranian crude oil. During a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Krishna said Iran remains a “key country” for India’s energy needs, though its “share of imports is declining.” Oil imports from Iran constitute around 9 per cent of India’s total crude needs, a figure expected to decline by a third over the next year. The US sanctions against Iran were imposed unilaterally in the beginning of 2012, are due to take full effect on June 28. Under these sanctions the US is threatening to punish third party countries and financial institutions involved in oil trading with Iran.

15:45

US job openings reach four-year high

US employers advertised 3.74 million job openings in March, according to the latest Labor Department statistics. This is the highest number since July 2008 – just before the start of the economic crisis in the country. There were still 12.7 million unemployed in the United States in March.

15:23

Berlin police find pipe bombs at rally site

Police officers in Berlin have found 3 homemade pipe bombs on the sidelines of a massive leftist May Day march. The devices, according to police spokesman Stefan Redlich, were packed with explosives, but weren’t detonated. However, they carried the explosive potential to cause very serious or even fatal injuries to anyone caught within the blast radius. Police had no immediate information on who left the bombs or what their motive may have been. Berlin traditionally sees huge protest rallies on May Day and clashes with police are frequent.

14:01

Israel’s PM strikes a deal with opposition Kadima party

­Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached an agreement with the opposition Kadima party to form a unity government, canceling an early election he had called for. According to the deal, Netanyahu will name the recently-elected Kadima party head, Shaul Mofaz, as deputy prime minister. Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu called for the dissolution of his coalition government and early parliamentary elections in September. The Israeli parliament debated the dissolution.  The coalition will have a majority of 94 - one of the biggest in Israeli history.

13:47

Clinton calls on Pakistan ‘to do more’ to tackle terrorism

­US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Pakistan “to do more” to root out terrorism on its soil. "It needs to make sure that its territory is not used as a launching pad for terrorist attacks anywhere," Clinton said at a joint news conference with her Pakistani counterpart S.M. Krishna. Clinton has also authorized a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based Islamist blamed for masterminding the attack by gunmen on Mumbai in 2008.

13:22

PM to be Medvedev promises dialogue with all Russia’s political forces

­Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s former president and leading candidate to take the prime-minister’s chair, has announced his readiness to have a dialogue with all political forces in Russia after approved as PM. Medvedev’s comment s came while addressing deputies at Russia’s State Duma. The approval of his candidacy as PM comes a day after a day Valdimir Putin was inaugurated as president.  Medvedev stressed that parliament’s work should serves the citizens’ interests.

13:14

IAEA nuclear inspector dies in Iran car crash ahead of showdown talks

­A South Korean nuclear inspector has been killed, and a Slovakian colleague injured, when their car overturned en route to a reactor in the city of Khondab, according to the ISNA news agency. Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency are scheduled to hold a round of key talks on the country’s controversial nuclear program starting next week. The IAEA has yet to comment on the incident.

11:15

Ukraine postpones Central Europe Summit after boycott

­Ukraine has postponed the 18th summit of Central and Eastern European leaders it was to host on May 11-12 after most of the participants pulled out in protest over its treatment of jailed opposition leader and ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. "In connection with the fact that a number of European leaders are unable to take part in the Yalta summit, Ukraine found it reasonable to postpone it until a later date," Interfax-Ukraine news agency quotes foreign ministry spokesman Olexander Dikusarov as saying on Tuesday. Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia and Montenegro were among those who turned down the invitation. Earlier the European Commission's president, José Manuel Barroso, said he will not go to Ukraine during the European football championships in June unless there is a swift improvement in the human rights situation there.

09:23

Moscow opposition leaders released, join sit-in demonstration in city center

­Bogger Aleksey Navalny and Left Front leader Sergey Udaltsov joined protesters in the Chistye Prudy area of Moscow on Tuesday afternoon after being released by police. The two activists were detained early on Tuesday morning but called on their supporters to continue the rally. The rallies were organized by Aleksey Navalny, who had called on his supporters via Twitter on Monday night to come to central Moscow to take part in a “popular promenade” to “fight for a better future.” Russia's Interfax news agency reports around 150 people are taking part in the rally on Tuesday.

08:57

Interpol issues international notice for fugitive Iraqi Vice President

­Interpol on Tuesday issued a "Red Notice" for fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al Hashemi. Hashemi is suspected of guiding and financing terrorist attacks in Iraq. In December Iraqi authorities issued an arrest warrant for Hashemi as part of an investigation in which security forces seized bomb-making materials. Hashemi is being tried in absentia as he has fled the country.  He was accused of murdering six judges and a series of other killings, charges that he dismissed as politically motivated. Hashemi told reporters in Istanbul last week that he fears for his life in Baghdad. The trial, which was supposed to start on Tuesday, was postponed until May 10th.

04:12

Car accident kills 16 in Kazakhstan

A microbus has collided with a truck in Kazakhstan, resulting in the death of its driver and all14 passengers on board. One of the three people who was in the truck later died in hospital. Police say the microbus was only certified to carry eight passengers.

03:55

NATO killings of Afghan civilians could hinder pact with US – Karzai

­Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the recent killings of civilians by NATO could jeopardize the peace pact he signed with US President Barack Obama last week. The agreement covers the long-term role of the US in Afghanistan after its planned withdrawal in 2014. The move came after a coalition airstrike killed 14 people and injured six more.

03:40

Former senator Rick Santorum endorses Mitt Romney

Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has endorsed Mitt Romney, the now all-but-certain Republican nominee in the presidential election. Santorum said “above all else” he and his former opponent agreed that Obama must be defeated. Santorum previously attacked Romney for being a flip-flopper and way too liberal for the Republican Party and even suggested the country was better off staying with President Obama than electing someone with a vision that was marginally different to that of the current administration.

02:16

Al-Jazeera shuts down Beijing bureau after reporter expelled

Al-Jazeera English has announced that it will be closing its Beijing bureau after China refused to renew correspondent’s accreditation for Melissa Chan, a prominent reporter for the news channel. The channel said it was forced to shut down the bureau as China also refused to grant visas to replacement correspondents. Al-Jazeera also indicated that it would work with Chinese authorities to reopen the bureau. Melissa Chan has been Al-Jazeera English’s correspondent in Beijing since 2007.

00:54

Early elections in Israel cancelled

Israel’s ruling Likud party has forged an agreement with the opposition Kadima party, thereby cancelling early parliamentary elections, the country’s media reports. The agreement was reached early on Tuesday after prolonged negotiations in the parliament, which was set to vote on whether to dissolve itself ahead of the proposed early elections. The deal was also reportedly conditional on Benjamin Netanyahu’s support for the deferment of ultra-Orthodox Jews being conscripted into the military, a contentious issue between Likud and Kadima. Earlier, the government had called for parliamentary elections on September 4, though they were originally scheduled for next year.