Today’s headlines from around the world.
HP is set to pay over one million for international bribery case
The Hewlett-Packard (HP) computing multinational will pay $US108 million to US regulators in a corruption scandal in Germany, Poland and Russia. Employees of the company have been charged with bribing government officials, including police in Poland and staff in the Russian federal prosecutor’s office, for public contracts. Poland is investigating several IT companies in relation to corruption.
Man jailed for attempted mercy killing
A man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for the attempted killing of his terminally ill friend. The man twice attempted to smother his friend who was dying of a liver disease. The judge ruled that although his actions were intended to end suffering they were a criminal act. The terminally ill man died naturally of liver failure.
EU troops arrive in Central African Republic
The first European Union troops have been deployed in the Central African Republic to bolster the peacekeeping force after Chad’s withdrawal. Chad began pulling its troops out after they were alleged to have indiscriminately killed civilians. The UN is expected to approve a French call for as many as 12,000 UN troops to take their place.
Palestinians to receive $US100 million from Arab League
At a meeting in Cairo Arab foreign ministers have renewed an agreement to give $US100 million in monthly aid to the Palestinian Government. The renewal of the aid program comes as Israel announced a partial freeze of contracts with Palestinians over their attempt to sign international conventions.
Black box signals narrow MH370 search
The detection of possible black box signals has narrowed the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to a 75,000 sq km section of the Indian Ocean. The discovery of signals has raised hopes that the search may finally locate the crash site in the next few days.
Prosecutor pushes Pistorius to admit murder
Oscar Pistorius has refused to look at photos of Reeva Steenkamp’s body during an aggressive examination by the prosecution. The <a ” href=”http://www.smh.com.au/world/oscar-pistorius-defends-memory-lapses-as-he-is-grilled-by-prosecution-my-life-is-on-the-line-20140410-36dyh.html”>prosecutor demanded that Pistorius admit he had intentionally killed Ms Steenkamp. When Pistorius denied that, the images of the body were flashed up on a screen, causing Pistorius to cry while his barrister protested. The judge ordered that the image be removed and adjourned the trial to allow Pistorius to recover his composure. – Compiled from internet and wire sources by Andrew Leeson
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