The Roundup – Thursday 12 July 2012

Hitting the headlines today… 

Avalanche Disaster Leaves Three Britons Dead

An avalanche in the French Alps has claimed at least nine lives three of which were British.

Two other Britons were among the remaining missing people as helicopters and heat seeking devices were used to track down those not accounted for.

The tragedy happened just after 5am as a group of climbers began their ascent on Mont Maudit (Accursed Mountain) in the Mont Blanc range at Chamonix. Mont Maudit is the third-highest peak in the Mont Blanc massif range, rising to 4,465m.

The last major tragedy in the Alps happened in 2008 when four Austrians, three Swiss and one German climber died in a similar incident.

Olympic Security Under Threat?

Home Secretary Theresa May has assured the country that Olympic security will not be compromised after 3,500 army personnel have been drafted in.

The move comes after G4S informed the government that they did not have enough trained security staff just 16 days before the Games begin.

Many MPs are angry with G4S and Downing Street said that the company should face consequences for not fulfilling its contractual obligation.

Mrs May hoped that the forced changes to the security plan would remain within the £553m budget.

Verdict Reached In Murder Of Northern Irish Honeymooner

Two men accused of murdering newlywed Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius have been found not guilty.

Sandip Moonea and Avinash Treebhoowoon were accused of killing the Northern Irish honeymooner during a robbery at her luxury suite on the island.

The 27-year-old teacher and daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football team manager Mickey Harte was killed in January 2011.

The pair claimed they were tortured by the police and forced to plead guilty.

The trial has prompted serious questions into the way that the police handled the case.

Syrian Threaten Defected Ambassador

Syria has vowed to punish Nawaf al-Fares who fled to Qatar and denounced Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The former envoy to Iraq was a leading figure in the Syrian diplomatic circle but is now urging other ambassadors to become defectors too.

Last Thursday Brigadier General Manaf Tlass, a close confidant of Assad, fled to Turkey.

Efforts by Kofi Annan and the United Nations are continuing in an attempt to bring about a ceasefire in Syria.

The Pound Strengthens As The Euro Weakens

The exchange rate looks enticing for travellers to Europe as the pound hits a near four-year high against the euro.

The ongoing Eurozone debt crisis has caused the single currency to weaken sending it to its lowest point since November 2008. This means that £1 is now worth €1.27 whereas at this point last year, Britons were getting a mere €1.10.

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