By Alex Jones
BUDGET 2012: The coalition is under fire over the removal of tax allowances from pensioners. HRMC states this will lead to 4.4m pensioners being an average £83 a year worse off.
TOULOUSE SHOOTINGS: The siege of a gunman’s apartment suspected of killing seven people in southern France is nearing its end according to the police. The siege started over 24 hours ago with blasts being used to intimidate the suspect. Interior Minister Claude Gueant said that the suspect, Mohammed Merah, wanted to die “gun in hand” and there was no contact overnight. It is not known if he is still alive.
MALI: Rebel troops have seized control of the African state. The rebels appeared on state TV to announce the success of their mutiny. The rebels, who call themselves the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State (CNRDR), have suspended the constitution and all democratic institutions are dissolved. A nationwide curfew has also been put in place. The whereabouts of President Amadou Toumani Toure is unkown
AUSTRALIA: Australia’s most wanted man has been arrested after seven years on the run. Malcolm Naden is suspected of killing a woman in 2005 and two counts of aggravated indecent assault on a 15-year-old girl in 2004. Naden, an expert in bushcraft survival, eluded several police searches for seven years before being found in a house in New South Wales.