Wednesday 13 April 2011

Kerr murder, Ivory Coast and Masters lead news

The murder of policeman Ronan Kerr in a car bombing in Northern Ireland, the fighting in the Ivory Coast and the dramatic last day of the golf Masters dominated the UK news agenda in the week ending April 10, according to journalisted.

The golf Masters, with South Africa's Charl Schwartzel winning after Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy held the lead for most of the tournament, was covered in 195 articles; civil unrest peaks in Ivory Coast as Ouattara's forces surround disputed president Gbagbo, with hundreds killed by forces and militia on both sides, 160 articles; a car bomb, planted by republican dissidents, kills Northern Irish Catholic policeman Ronan Kerr, 149 articles; Portugal accepts a £70bn EU bailout, after months of resisting financial aid, 129 articles.

Covered little, according to jourenalisted, was Michel Martelly, a popular musician with no reported previous political experience, set to become Haiti's new president, 14 articles; a 23-year-old gunman walked into a school in Rio and shot 12 children dead, before turning the gun on himself, 8 articles; six Kenyan politicians on trial at the Hague, accused of perpetrating the 2007-8 post-election violence that left 1,300 dead, 6 articles; tradionalists rioting in Bangladesh against legal reform that would allow women equal rights on inheritance, 3 articles.

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