Japan dissolves lower house for general election
Lower house speaker Takahiro Yokomichi told lawmakers on Friday, “According to clause seven of Japan’s constitution, the lower house is dissolved.”
US defense secretary orders ethics review amid scandal
In a memo to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Panetta asked the military’s top-ranking officer to work with other military leaders and carry out a review of ethics training for officers to determine whether they are adequate, and to provide views on “how to better foster a culture of value-based decision-making and stewardship” among senior officers and their staffs, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.
BP supervisors indicted for manslaughter
A federal indictment was made public in New Orleans on Thursday, saying that Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine — the highest-ranking BP supervisors onboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig at the time of the deadly blast — acted negligently in their supervision of key safety tests on the rig before the explosion, AFP reported.
Pro-Palestinians protest in London amid Israel attacks on Gaza Strip
The protest, which took place on Thursday evening, had been called by Stop-the-War Coalition, a UK group that campaigns against what it believes are unjust wars. Calling for the rally, the group warned against the incidence of a “Gaza massacre,” the DigitalJournal.com global media network reported.