Wikinews Shorts: January 27, 2012
A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, January 27, 2012.
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Medicins Sans Frontieres announces partial withdrawal over Libyan torture abuses
Libya. The medical charity announced they will no longer work at Libyan detention centres due to facing treating torture victims in order to make them well enough to be further tortured. MSF General Director Christopher Stokes said: "Our role is to provide medical care to war casualties and sick detainees, not to repeatedly treat the same patients between torture sessions".(MSF) have announced a partial withdrawal from
The United Nations estimates that some 8,500 former Gaddafi loyalists are being held by a number of unregulated, and unaccountable, armed groups.
- Damien McElroy. "Libya: UN alarmed over failure to stop torture of detainees" — , January 26, 2012
- "Libyan detainees die after torture, says Amnesty International" — , January 26, 2012
Jagger tells World Economic Forum, "can't always get what you want"
Lead singer of Switzerland.has withdrawn from the 'Great British Tea Party' in Davos,
Cutting short his visit to the 2012 World Economic Forum, as well as pulling out of Prime Minister David Cameron's event intended to promote UK creativity, Jagger complained of both "being used as a political football" and "comment[s] about my political allegiances which are inaccurate."
- "Mick Jagger pulls out of David Cameron event amid 'political football' claims" — , January 25, 2012
- "Jagger boycotts political football in Davos" — , January 25, 2012
UK Prime Minister calls for European Union to be more competetive
Labelling a proposed financial transactions tax as "madness" he attacked "unnecessary" regulations on business, telling attendees that "Europe's lack of competitiveness remains its Achilles heel."
- Larry Elliott and Jill Treanor. "Davos: David Cameron urges Eurozone to take 'bold and decisive action'" — , January 26, 2012
- Daniel Bentley. "Be bold to promote business, Cameron tells Europe" — , January 26, 2012
Coup in Papua New Guinea fails
A military coup in Papua New Guinea failed with the capture of at least fifteen mutineers. These supporters of deposed former Prime Minister seized a military barracks, and the nation's military head, early on Thursday morning and demanded Somare be reinstated.
The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea previously ruled that Somare be reinstated, concluding that current Prime Ministerwas unlawfully appointed.
- "Papua New Guinea PM Says Military Mutiny is Over" — , January 26, 2012
- Kate Hodal. "Papua New Guinea military coup fails" — , January 26, 2012
Australian Prime Minister rescued from protesters
During an Australia Day function, the country's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard — and the leader of the opposition, Tony Abbott, had to be rescued after they were surrounded by as many as 200 aboriginal rights protesters at a Canberra restaurant.
The protesters, from the, appear to have been angered by Abbot's suggestion that it was time for the Embassy, now in its fortieth year, to come down.
- "Julia Gillard 'rescued' amid Australia Day protests" — , January 26, 2012
- "Australian PM stumbles before angry protesters" — , January 26, 2012