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Japan’s runaway penguin suffering from pink eye

A plucky penguin that was recaptured last week after nearly three months at large in the polluted waters of Tokyo Bay hasconjunctivitis, an aquarium official said Monday. The Humboldt penguin, one of 135 kept at Tokyo Sea Life Park, was taken back into captivity after 82 days of freedom following a breakout that made…

Tropical Storm Beryl heads to southeast U.S. coast

Tropical Storm Beryl hit the southeastern US coast at near-hurricane strength early Monday, toppling trees and downing power lines as it cast a shadow over the first big beach weekend of the summer. At 0900 GMT, Beryl’s center was located inland about 20 miles (300 kilometers) west of Jacksonville, Florida, the Miami-basedNational…

High youth unemployment threatens Africa’s economic growth

Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world after escaping the worst of the global financial crisis – but the phenomenon of jobless growth combined with the world’s youngest population threatens progress, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO). With the number of youths in Africa set…

Egypt to announce election results today

Egypt’s electoral commission was set to announce Monday the results of last week’s presidential election, which looked headed to a runoff between an Islamist and ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak’s last premier. Unofficial results announced by state media and candidates showed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi in first place and ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in close second after the…

Tony Blair admits he feared ‘powerful’ press

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said he made a strategic decision not to take on the power of the media during his time in office, as he testified at a press ethics inquiry on Monday. Blair, who was premier between 1997 and 2007, said he feared the battle would be so…

Mexicans say social networks make a dull election more interesting

By Sofia Miselem MEXICO CITY — Online social networks, a newcomer in Mexican elections, are making a mark on the country’s presidential campaign, forcing candidates to respond to issues and protests enabled by the Internet. “If it wasn’t for the social networks, the campaign would be really boring,” said Roy…

Jimmy Carter: Sudan ready to pull troops out of contested region

By Ian Timberlake KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan says it is ready to pull its soldiers out of the contested Abyei region, former US president Jimmy Carter said after meeting Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir on Sunday. “He has notified the negotiators he’s ready to withdraw troops from Abyei, which we believe…

UK may bar Syrian officials from Olympics over human rights abuses

By Andrew Sparrow, guardian.co.uk Nick Clegg has said that the government would stop Syrian military figures accused of human rights abuses from visiting the UK during the Olympics. He said on Sunday that the government had recently changed the rules so that there was now a presumption that those individuals…

Black market in human kidneys grows to 10,000 operations a year

The illegal trade in kidneys has risen to such a level that an estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs now take place annually, or more than one an hour, World Health Organisation experts have revealed. Evidence collected by a worldwide network of doctors shows that traffickers are…

Bradley Manning lawyers charge Army with withholding evidence

Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of being behind the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, is being denied a fair trial because the army is withholding from him crucial information that might prove his innocence or reduce his sentence, his defence team is arguing. With Manning’s court-martial approaching…

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