Swedish Riots Spread
There has been a sixth night of rioting in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, despite police reinforcements being deployed.Cars were set alight in poor suburbs inhabited largely by immigrants, although the unrest was reportedly not as serious as on previous nights.The rioting also spread outside the capital for the first time on Friday, with youths torching vehicles and buildings in two towns.
French Army Begins Mali Military Withdrawl
France has begun the first major stage of its military withdrawal from Mali, four months after sending troops to push Islamist rebels out the north.A convoy of lorries left a French base outside the capital, Bamako, on its way south to Ivory Coast.France began withdrawing some of its 4,000 troops from the country in April.
16 Die in Pakistan School Bus Fire
At least 16 children have been killed as their school bus caught fire in eastern Pakistan, police have said.At least seven more children were taken to hospital after the incident on the outskirts of the city of Gujrat.Initial reports said the bus’s gas cylinder had exploded, but a local police chief told AFP news agency it was later found intact.He said a teacher also died in the blaze. Another police officer told AFP the driver had survived and fled.
Flemish Prime Minister Tops Popularity Poll
When asked which politician they could imagine voting for if he or she stood in their constituency, the respondents to a poll carried out on behalf of the VRT and the daily ‘De Standaard’ put the Flemish Prime Minister Kris Peeters (Christian democrat) at the top of the pile. 54% of those that expressed a preference said that they could imagine voting for Mr Peeters, 7% more than his nearest rival, the Flemish nationalist leader Bart De Wever.
Belgian Beer Takes Aussie Honours
The Oude Geuze beer made by the Flemish Brabant brewery Oud Beersel has won top prize at the 21st Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne. As well as winning the overall prize for best beer, Oud Beersel also took the gold medal in the Lambic Beer category as well as winning a trophy in the category Best Belgian & French Style Ale.