An Focal Five – News you need to know
Monday, 16 July
An Focal brings you the top five news stories you’ll need to know today.
1. McAreavey photos may harm inquiry
PHOTOS of murder victim Michaela McAreavey‘s body, published over the weekend in a Mauritian newspaper, may harm the police inquiry into her death. Two men were acquitted of murdering Ms McAreavey last week following a heavily criticised police investigation.
2. Civil War in Syria
THE International Red Cross has said the conflict in Syria is a civil war and that war crimes prosecution may come from it. It is the most recent organisation to declare the conflict a civil war. Russia continues to refuse tough sanctions against Syria.
3. Circumcision ruling troubles Germans
A RECENT court ruling classifying infant circumcision continues to exercise German media, with Germany’s Jews and Muslims joining forces to protect their right to circumcise their sons. German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s office has said Jews and Muslims will still be allowed to carry out circumcisions despite the court ban.
4. Romney has still not released his tax return
US REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Mitt Romney is under increasing pressure to release his tax return, with prominent conservatives criticising him for not doing so already. This comes after allegations that Governor Romney arranged his finances to pay taxes outside the US.
5. Senior North Korean relieved of duty
A SENIOR North Korean army chief has been relieved of his duties, citing illness, though this is not widely believed. The change at the top of the army is believed to be part of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un‘s moves to consolidate his position.
Posted by Darragh Roche, Editor on at 10:47 am.
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