An activist in Moldova has been charged with inciting a “Twitter Revolution,” which has helped aid protests in the country over the last few days. Natalia Morar helped organize a flash mob to protest the elections on April 5th in which the Communist party won 50% of the vote, but many feel the results were manipulated, Wired. Protesters are using the tag #pman on Twitter to help organize protests. Take a look inside the Twitter Revolution, Wired.
The President of Fiji, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has announced in a radio address that he has fired all judges, thrown out the Constitution, and assumed all power. This comes after the court decided the 2006 military coup that put Iloilo in power was illegal, Associated Press.
Although the UN has failed to agree on sanctions against North Korea for last week’s missile launch, Japan has announced their own against the communist country. They are extending economic sanctions against North Korea for another year and will impose other unspecified (at this time) measures, Associated Press.
The U.K. police officer who was caught on tape pushing Ian Tomlinson, the man who died at last week’s G20 protests, to the ground before he died has been suspended. The offcer apparently turned himself in, Sky News.
The Guardian UK has obtained footage of Ian Tomlinson being pushed to the ground by police, the man who collapsed and died on the first day of the G20 protests. In the footage, Tomlinson is walking home from work when police come upon him and knock him over. A protester is seen helping Tomlinson up, Guardian.
Fidel Castro has met with 3 U.S. lawmakers, his first meeting with American politicians since he became ill almost three years ago. The 3 are members of the Congressional Black Caucus and will give a report of the meeting to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. There have been reports over the years that Castro is gravely ill, but Congresswoman Laura Richardson claimed he looked healthy and energetic, NY Times.
Protesters in Moldova have rioted against Parliament and stormed numerous building in the capital city of Chisinau. The protests result from accusations that the country’s recent elections were rigged and distrust of the government in one of the poorest European nations, LA Times.
Updates on today’s breaking news stories:
As reported earlier, central Italy has again been rocked by a 5.6 magnitude aftershock. There were reports of fresh buildings collapses and the death toll has risen to 235, Corriere Della Sera.
President Obama, in a suprise visit to Baghdad, was eagerly welcomed by American troops to who he spoke to, saying that it was time for Iraq to stand on its own feet, MSNBC.
There were more protests in London today, but it is the protests in Strasbourg at the NATO summit that are now making headlines. 300 have been arrested in the French town where leaders such as President Obama and British Prime Minister Brown are attending the 60th annual conference, which begins tomorrow, Sky News.
Thai and Cambodian troops have exchanged fire among a border they both claim to be theirs. There are no reported deaths so far, and reports say the skirmish may be over. Tensions have been high in the area since July and two Cambodian soldiers were killed last October in the area, BBC News.
Disgraced former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich has been indicted on nineteen counts by a federal court. Bkagojevich was accused last year of trying to sell President Obama’s vacant Senate seat, as well as other bribery and corruption charges, NPR.
President Obama, in a conference held after the G20 summit, called the agreement an “historic” moment for recovering the world’s economy. Tomorrow at the NATO summit, the president is likely to talk of his plan for Afghanistan, BBC News.
And the #1 World News Story: G20 Heads Offer $1.1 Trillion To Aid World Economy.
New legislation, quietly passed last month, will restrict rights for Shia women living in Afghanistan. The legislation, officially called the “Shia Personal Status Law,” puts the legal age of marriage at 16, specifies that husbands have a right to intercourse every four days, and restricts the movement of women outside the home without their husband’s consent. A provision in the Afghan constitution allows Shia’s in Afghanistan, about 15% of the population, to employ Sharia, or family, law which follows religious traditions. The law, which has been approved by Parliament and signed by President Hamid Karzai but has not yet gone into effect, is widely seen as an attempt by Karzai to gain Shia support in the upcoming presidential election, Guardian.
Markets rally on opening of G20 summit in London. Stock markets in Toyko, Hong Kong, London, Paris and New York all posted gains yesterday.
G20 summit issues: Germany and France pushing for increased regulation on tax havens. Final agreement of actions to be taken expected this afternoon, BBC News.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper misses official G20 summit group photo, CBC.
U.S. marshals seize Florida mansion and yacht belonging to convicted Ponzi scheme swindler Bernie Madoff, CNN.
Day 2 of our G20 coverage. Read our live blog for pictures, news updates, video, and more. Continue reading
North Korea is planning to launch its long-range rocket within days, says the U.S. military. The communist country has begun fueling the rocket and officials believe a satellite is attached to the rocket, which North Korea has claimed. It is believed that this launch will give North Korea valuable ballistics information and could aid the country in building a missile that could each the west coast of the United States, CNN.
It is feared that 16 have perished in a helicopter in the North Sea, off the coast of Scotland. 8 bodies have been recovered thus far and at least 10 people on board were crew members of KCA Deutag, a drilling company, BBC News.
The U.S. Justice Department has dropped all charged against Republican Senator Ted Stevens. Stevens was charged with seven counts of concealing gifts, which added up to over $250,000. This happened during his reelection campaign, normally an easy win for a 40-year veteran of the Senate, but he lost by just 4,000 votes to Democrat Mark Begich. Attorney General Eric older said the charges were dropped because prosecutors had failed to turn over evidence to the Senator’s attorneys, NPR.
And the #1 World News Story: Man dies during G20 protests in London. Please check out our live posts for updates on the protests that took place today, and expect more live updates tomorrow.
G20 protests remain mostly peaceful despite concern that anarchist groups will use the protests as a cover for acts of violence, Wall Street Journal. About 20 protesters vandalized a Royal Bank of Scotland branch, smashing windows and causing damage to the interior. As police try to contain the thousands of protesters gathered outside the Bank of England, minor incidents of violence have occurred. At least 11 have been arrested and many more are being held in police custody, Guardian.
In a joint press conference in London today, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed objectives for the G20 summit starting tomorrow in London, Guardian. Guardian Live Feed.
12 dead in Pakistan after an assault from an unmanned U.S. drone missile strike near the Afghanistan border, Fox News.
Venezuela opposition leader, Manuel Rosales, goes into hiding. Rosales is facing corruption charges which he believes are politically motivated. In the 2006 presidential election in Venezuela, Rosales unsuccessfully challenged incumbent president Hugo Chavez. Chavez, a member of the socialist party in Venezuela, is accused by critics of using the country’s legal system for political purposes, Reuters.
The G20 protests have turned violent, here are some resources to get you the most information as it happens:
- Guardian liveblog. | Picture gallery. | Timeline of events.
- Twitters in the area: 1. | 2. | 3. | 4. | Sky News.
- CNN live video. Edit: Live feed temporarily goes down at times, now back up.
- Sky News picture gallery.
- Flickr slideshow of protests.
- BBC News liveblog.
- Qik live stream.
- For the Londoners: traffic updates.
- Flickr stream from Gormski.
- Great video from user ‘raerth’ of the protests.