Wikinews Shorts: December 2, 2008
A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, December 2, 2008.
Brazil announces plan to curb deforestation 
This comes after a call for international funding to stop further deforestation of the rainforest. The plan will aim to reduce the clearing of the Amazon, which is the world's largest rainforest, to 5,850 square kilometres by 2018, half of the current rate.
This year, the deforestation rate went up after falling for the last four years.
- "Brazil pledges to cut Amazon destruction in half" — , December 2, 2008
- "70% deforestation cuts for Brazil" — , December 1, 2008
Pound sterling plunges against US dollar 
The pound was also three and a half cents lower against the euro, at 0.851 pounds. The FTSE 100 index fell 5.2% on Monday, further exacerbating problems.
- "Sterling plunges against dollar" — , December 1, 2008
- "Pound battered by fears of prolonged recession" — , December 1, 2008
Unpaid Zimbabwean soldiers run amok in Harare 
Soldiers in Zimbabwe got fed up after waiting in line at a bank in the capital of Harare. Due to rampant hyperinflation (the latest count has reached 231,000,000% annually), banks often have a shortage of cash and what they have is rationed out. Often the amount that is permitted to be withdrawn cannot even pay for a loaf of bread at the street markets.
After waiting all day in line at the bank, the soldiers and other customers attacked money changers and stole cash. Initially, city police stood by, but eventually broke up the rampage with tear gas.
- "Soldiers rampage at Harare bank" — , December 1, 2008
- "Zimbabwe soldiers attack money changers in capital" — , December 1, 2008
Dow drops 680 points 
In the United States, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 679.95 points (7.70%) Monday, its fourth worst drop in history, to close at 8,149.09. The drop marked the end of a five-day rally that began last week.
According to Chuck Widger of Brinker Capital, "this is just another episode in a long story and the story is all about recession and the question is how long and how deep. We're going to have continuing volatility until investors have better visibility."
- Sara Lepro and Tim Paradis. "Down we go again: Fourth-worst drop ever for Dow" — , December 1, 2008
- Charles Mikolajczak. "US STOCKS-Dow loses 679.95 as economy, Bernanke revive fear" — , December 1, 2008
Election in Romania expected to lead to intense negotiations 
The Central Electoral Office says SPD won about 33.6 percent of the vote and PD-L got just under 33 percent. The National Liberal Party (PNL) was third with 18.6 percent. All votes have been counted but the official results are not expected until the end of next week.
Analysts expect both SPD and PD-L to seek the support of PNL to form a coalition government. Current Prime Minister Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu is a member of PNL.
Meanwhile, President Traian Băsescu, who has no official party association, is known to support PD-L. The President is not required to nominate a Prime Minister from the winning party.
- "Tough coalition talks in Romania" — , December 2, 2008
- Associated Press. "Romania parties in coalition talks after vote" — , December 2, 2008