Briefs, October 31, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 3:33am

Journalists stop work in censorship storm

ATHENS - Greek state television journalists accused the government of censorship and began a series of work stoppages after two well-known presenters were suspended for criticising a government minister. Their removal came on the day an editor went on trial for printing a list of 2,000 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts, prompting outrage at the swift pursuit of journalists in comparison to the sluggish crackdown on suspected tax evaders. State NET TV pulled Marilena Katsimi and Costas Arvanitis' morning show after an on-air exchange in which they said a medical report supported allegations of police torture and asked if the public order minister would resign over it. Reuters

Rubber bullets fired as miners rally in S Africa

RUSTENBURG - South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at striking miners protesting against a union-brokered deal to end a six-week wildcat walkout at platinum producer Amplats. One protester dragged away bleeding and unable to walk was treated by paramedics. The strikers at Anglo American Platinum mines, 120 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, had been due to return to work following an offer by the company to reinstate 12,000 men sacked six weeks ago. Reuters

Man who killed wife, children gets 30 years

LONDON - A Polish man was jailed for 30 years for killing six people including his wife and two young children in a knife attack on the British island of Jersey. Damian Rzeszowski used kitchen knives to kill his 30-year-old wife, five-year-old daughter, two-year-old son and his father-in-law at their home on August 14 last year. The 31-year-old builder was convicted of six counts of manslaughter but cleared of murder. The court heard Rzeszowski's marriage had fallen apart after his wife confessed to a two-month affair with another man. Rzeszowski argued he was suffering from depression, causing psychotic symptoms that diminished his responsibility. AFP

Clinton calls on Bosnia to join EU and Nato

SARAJEVO - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged war-scarred Bosnia to join the EU and Nato to ensure stability. She was speaking after meeting Bosnia's three presidents at the start of her five-nation Balkans tour. Clinton also lashed out at Bosnian Serb leaders who have threatened to break away from the country, saying Bosnia's territorial integrity was not debatable. The Serbs have repeatedly warned they could break away and negotiate EU entry separately. AFP