Chanting G-20 protesters clashed with riot police in central London today, overwhelming police lines, vandalizing the Bank of England and smashing windows at the Royal Bank of Scotland. One death was reported and more than 30 people were arrested. Some 4,000 protesters clogged London’s financial district for what they branded “Financial Fool’s Day.” The demonstrations were called ahead of Thursday’s Group of 20 summit of world leaders, who hope to take concrete steps to resolve the global financial crisis that has lashed nations and workers worldwide. CBS
The United States and Russia set a newly ambitious course for global cooperation today as presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev ordered negotiators into immediate action on a treaty to further reduce nuclear weapons. While setting in motion fast-track negotiations on a replacement for the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expires at year’s end, the two leaders vowed at the same time to jointly confront other perceived threats, specifically mentioning the nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea and al-Qaida militants who have found refuge in Pakistan. MSNBC
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was charged in Florida on Wednesday with killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence. Authorities charged Stallworth, 28, with DUI manslaughter in the death of Mario Reyes and is expected to surrender in court Thursday.
Stallworth’s blood-alcohol level after last month’s accident was measured at 0.126 percent. The state’s legal limit is 0.08 percent. CNN
If you happen to browse upon a news story that’s too odd to be true today, you might want to check your calendar. It’s April Fools’ Day and on this day many when media outlets around the world take a break from the serious business of delivering news and play fast and furious with the facts. Click here to check out a few of the outlets that tried to pull a fast one on readers.