Wikinews Shorts: November 30, 2010

A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, November 30, 2010.

President of Cyrpus cancels visit to Kazakhstan due to illness


The President of Cyprus Dimitris Christofias has cancelled a state visit to Kazakhstan after he fell ill. Christofias was in Libya when he fell ill on Monday. He was attending a European UnionAfrican summit at the time. It has been announced that the President will miss tomorrow's European security meeting in Kazakhstan.


Mali immigrant killed in French Taser shooting


An immigrant from Mali has died after he was shot twice by French police. The unidentified man, 38 was Tasered twice when he attacked police with a hammer in an apartment block after he was asked to show his papers. Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said "From initial reports it seems that, faced with the aggression and violence of this person, police officers were obliged to use an electric charge pistol."

A death inquiry has been opened to investigate the man's death.


Italian film director Mario Monicelli commits suicide age 95


Italian film director Mario Monicelli has committed suicide in his hospital room. The 95-year-old jumped out of his room's window while he was being treated for prostate cancer. A spokeswomen from the Giovanni hospital announced his death. Monicelli directed numerous films in the 1950s and 60's. Some of his films include Big Deal on Madonna Street and La Grande Guerra.