World in numbers, March 2014

529 sentenced to death in Egypt
A judge in Egypt sentenced 529 protesters/rioters/muslim brotherhood supports to death for the murder of a policeman. Apparantly he did this in the second session of the case, without hearing prosecution or defence cases. Is this the way of refering to higher court in Egypt?

It seems like the judge hadn’t heard of the phrase “an eye for an eye.”

239 people lost during flight
Flight MH370 with 227 passengers and 12 crew is still missing, Malaysian PM announced that the flight ended in the South Indian Ocean based on analysis of satellite data. Malaysian airline and government have both recieved a lot of criticism over the handling of the incident; protests have been made outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing and Chinese government officials called on the Malaysian government to release satellite data to them for analysis. The search area has been narrowed to investigate on the ‘southern corridor”. The plane was previously thought to be on a great circle, heading in one of two directions, presumably based on the latency in satellite communication.

80.42% of Crimean voters choose to join Russian Federation
In the autonamous republic of Crimea (declared independence 11th March), From 1533208 registered voters, 1274096 votes were cast, 1264999 of which were valid. 31997 votes were cast to restore the 1992 constitution and be an autonamous region of the Ukraine. 1233002 votes were cast to join the Russian Federation. 9,097 votes were blank or invalid. A seperate vote was held in the City of Sevasterpol (which was a seperate region of the Ukraine), With 85.56% of registered voters giving their vote to Join the Russian Federation (262.041). From 306,258 registered voters, 2810 votes were invalid, 9250 voted to restore 1992 constitution, 32,157 did not participate.

1p off beer
George Osbourne announced his mini-budget, taking 1p of beer tax (if a pint of beer were 3 pounds, beer duty would be only 54.3p and VAT would be a bargain 50p).

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