Wikinews Shorts: January 23, 2012
A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, January 23, 2012.
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Western show of unity in the Strait of Hormuz on the eve of further anti-Iran sanctions
A six-strong flotilla of United States, French, and British warships, centered around the , has sailed through the Strait of Hormuz. The move comes on the eve of an expected embargo on the import of Iranian oil by the European Union, and an Iranian threat to close the straits to international shipping.
Thirty five percent of the world's supply of crude oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz.
- David Blair. "Britain, US and France send warships through Strait of Hormuz" — , January 23, 2012
- Don Mackay. "Britain sends warship to join international flotilla after threats by Iran over oil embargo" — , January 22, 2012
Libyan deputy leader resigns over protests
A human rights lawyer, Ghoga became the focus of discontent over the prominence of former Gaddafi loyalists on the NTC, the pace of reform and the belief that Benghazi was sidelined in the political process.
- Liam Stack. "Protests Shake Libya’s Interim Government" — , January 22, 2012
- "Libya’s NTC Deputy Head Quits After Benghazi Protests" — , January 22, 2012
Nigeria death toll set to rise
Attacks by Boko Haram, who seek to create an Islamic state, are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with fears the group aims to provoke a civil war between Nigeria's Muslim north and Christian south.
- Reuters. "Nigerian police say four Boko Haram members killed" — , January 23, 2012
- "Nigerian President Visits Kano, Site of Deadly Attacks" — , January 22, 2012
Economy not Sharia will be the focus of Egypt's new Islamic government
Improving the economy and fighting poverty, not legislating to create a Muslim state, will be the Muslim Brotherhood's agenda when they form Egypt's first post-Mubarak government today. "We can't talk about implementing Islamic Shariah law when the country is experiencing such devastating economic problems," said Mohammed Gouda, a party policymaker and economics committee member.
Islamists form a majority in the new assembly with the Muslim Brotherhood winning 46% of seats and the conservative23%.
- Hadeel al-Shalchi. "Egypt Islamists on eve of power ease talk of Islam" — , January 22, 2012
- Heba Saleh. "New parliament marks radical shift in Egyptian politics" — , January 22, 2012
UK unemployment increases to 2.68m as profit warnings increase
The UK's unemployment rate has reached 8.4% — 2.685 million people — according to data released by the . The figure reflects the quarter ending last November and is a 0.3% increase on the previous quarter.
Unemployment amongst younger people now stands at 22.3% — 1.043 million people, and the number of people claiminghas now reached 1.6 million; in December, 1,200 new claimants began receiving unemployment benefits.
Profit warnings from firms within the UK have increased from 51 in the third quarter to 88 in the fourth, say. The nation saw 206 firms issue 278 warnings profits were not as high as initially expected.
Three years after British retailercollapsed, 24,000 who lost their jobs as a result have won a fight for compensation; each will receive 60 days' pay, a total payout of 67.8 million and averaging £2,800 per person.
- Katie Linsell. "U.K. Quarterly Profit Warnings Rise 70%, Ernst & Young Says" — , January 22, 2012
- "Profit warnings in UK 'up 70% in fourth quarter'" — , January 22, 2012
- Rory Reynolds. "Former Woolworths staff to be paid millions in compensation after employment tribunal victory" — , January 22, 2012
- Heather Stewart. "UK unemployment rises to 2.68m" — , January 18, 2012
- "UK unemployment increases to 2.685m" — , January 18, 2012