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10 November, 2012


Violence, murder plaguing Sao Paulo - police

­More than 140 people have been murdered in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, in the past two weeks as violence has surged, the city's Public Safety Department reported. Many of the 982 of the city’s homicides this year involved the murder of off-duty police officers. Authorities have attributed the murders to an organized crime group called the First Capital Command, which conducts attacks against police, government buildings, banks and public buses, sometimes under the command of imprisoned leaders.


BBC chief resigns after scrutiny over sex abuse broadcast

­BBC Director General George Entwistle has resigned due to a Newsnight child abuse broadcast, which falsely accused former Tory Treasurer Lord Alistair McAlpine of sexually abusing children. McAlpine on Friday threatened to sue the BBC for libel. While Entwistle denied knowing about the content of the broadcast before it aired, he stepped down from his position, calling it “the honorable thing to do.”


Bahrain's National Guard deployed to suppress protests

The National Guard has been deployed in Bahrain in an effort to put down political unrest in the kingdom. According to a government statement, the Guard, an additional force to the regular military was called in to patrol "strategic locations" that have witnessed clashes as the Sunni monarchy struggles to contain the Shiite majority's 21-month uprising. The country, home to the US Navy's Fifth fleet, has seen the death of 55 people as authorities resort to violence to stay in power.


Russian tugboat sinks in Sea of Azov

­A Russian tugboat working in the Sea of Azov has sunk some five nautical miles from the coast, local emergencies services reported. The vessel had sent out distress signals after the crew reported loss of control as it tugged a pontoon boat due for repair. The Atoll had three crewmen on board, who all escaped to another boat.


Egypt train crash kills at least five

­At least five people have been killed in Egypt after two trains traveling near Fayyoum, an oasis province 100 kilometers southwest of Cairo, collided. The incident is believed to have been caused by a switch operator's mistake.


Middle East nonproliferation conference to be scrapped

­High-level talks between Israel and its neighbors on a nuclear-free Middle East have been canceled, a diplomatic source told AP. The meeting, agreed upon in 2010 by the 189 member nations of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, would have been held in Helsinki towards the end of the year. A diplomatic source said the US, one of the organizers, will soon make a formal announcement, saying "the time was not opportune" for such a gathering.


Five students killed, six injured in Pakistan shooting

At least five seminary students have been killed and six others injured in a shooting at a roadside tea stand in Pakistan. The incident took place in Karachi, as students gathered for refreshments in front of their school. Unidentified gunmen on motorcycles shot the students and escaped. A local police officer said the shooting was part of a wave of targeted killings in the city.


Magnitude 4.3 earthquake strikes Kentucky

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattled the US state of Kentucky on Saturday. The epicenter was located about ten miles west of the town of Whitesburg. No serious damage or injures have been reported. The tremors were also felt throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, and Georgia. A geophysicist from the US Geological Survey says the quake is considered “light” and isn’t expected to cause any damage.


China aims to launch manned space mission in 2013

China has set a preliminary launch date of June 2013 for its next manned space mission, a program boss told China National Radio. The Shenzhou-10 will be manned with three crew members, one of whom is likely to be a woman. China sent its first female astronaut into space earlier this year in the country’s first manual space docking mission. Beijing is currently stepping up space exploration as it aims to build a space station by 2020.


Lockheed Martin ousts future CEO over affair with subordinate

­Lockheed Martin Corp. has ousted its president and future CEO over a relationship with a subordinate. The defence company said that its board of directors asked for and received the resignation of Christopher Kubasik from his role as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. The board found out Kubasik was involved in a "close personal relationship" with one of his subordinates, which violates the company's ethics code. He was scheduled to become CEO in January.


Vatican tries to ressurect Latin studies

­The Pope has issued a decree creating a new pontifical academy for Latin studies to try to boost interest in the official language of the Roman Catholic Church. Benedict XVI acknowledged Latin's fall from grace in his decree, saying future priests nowadays often learn only a "superficial" knowledge of Latin in their seminaries. The new academy will promote Latin through conferences, publications and instruction in Catholic schools, universities and seminaries


17 soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Turkey

A helicopter crash in southeast Turkey due to bad weather conditions killed 17 soldiers, Turkish officials reported. All of the soldiers aboard were killed in the crash, Today's Zaman quoted Siirt Governor Ahmet Aydın as saying. The soldiers aboard the helicopter were members of the gendarmerie special forces.


UN declares November 10 ‘Malala Day’

The UN has declared that November 10 is Malala Day, marking one month after 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for women's right to education in Pakistan. The holiday was the result of a petition by the UN’s Special Envoy for Global Education, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The day honors Malala and other women like her around the world who are denied access to education. More than 30,000 people have also signed a petition in Britain to nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize. Similar campaigns have been launched in Canada, France and Spain.


First round of EU budget talks ends in arguments, walkouts

The first round of European Union budget talks collapsed after eight hours of negotiations on Friday. The meeting was aimed at securing a 2013 EU budget, but ended in walkouts and arguments between member states. The deadlock was sparked by the European Commission’s demand that a $12 million spending increase be met by the end of the year to meet a 2012 funding shortfall. The “emergency funding” was aimed at covering budgets for education, infrastructure and research projects. The figure was highly disputed by Germany, France, and other EU governments.


Train derails in southeast Iran, killing 4 and injuring 26

A train carrying 324 passengers derailed in southeastern Iran killing four and injuring 26, PressTV reported. Three of the four killed were railway personnel, and one was a passenger. Iran’s Red Crescent Society is helping the injured at the scene of the disaster.


US to sell Saudi Arabia 25 military aircraft for $6.7 billion

The US Pentagon has announced a proposed $6.7 billion deal to sell 25 military aircraft to Saudi Arabia. Lockheed Martin will reportedly sell Saudi Arabia 20 C-130J military transport planes, five KC-130J refueling aircrafts and related equipment. "The proposed sale of these aircraft and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region," the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said.


Death toll rises to 27 killed, 43 wounded in Sri Lankan prison shootout

27 people died and another 43 were wounded during a prison riot in Sri Lanka, and the country’s military deployed to secure the prison, AFP reported. Heavily armed troops were sent in overnight into the maximum security Welikada prison, the island's biggest jail, ending a shootout between inmates and guards that lasted for hours. The incident was reportedly the country's worst prison riot in three decades.