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Shell springs new oil pipeline leaks in Nigeria

Oil giant Shell on Monday said two new leaks had occurred on one of its pipelines in southern Nigeria after similar incidents in recent days blamed on crude theft. “Two new leaks were reported today on the Trans Niger pipeline at Akpajo and K-Dere in Ogoniland, after a similar number…

Israel Supreme Court rejects hunger striker appeal

Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by two Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 69 days in protest at being held without charge, their lawyer told AFP. “The Supreme Court refused both appeals,” Jamil Khatib said of the move by Bilal Diab, 27, and Thaer…

BAE Systems tests pilotless fighter jets

BAE Systems has taken a step closer to removing pilots from fighter jets by launching the first major test flights for a new generation of intelligent drone aircraft. The defence group is assessing software for unmanned aircraft that will operate with an unprecedented level of independence. Defence experts believe pilotless…

French and German stocks rise after Hollande elected

Leading European stock markets closed higher on Monday despite the prospects for political and financial turmoil in Greece following general elections a day earlier. London markets were closed, but in Paris the CAC 40 index jumped by 1.65 percent to 3,214.22 points in moderately thin trading, while in Frankfurt the…

South African man suspected of stealing a mobile phone was stoned to death

A South African man suspected of stealing a mobile phone from a woman was stoned to death by a mob Monday in the northern town of Polokwane, police said. “The community rushed to help the screaming woman. The man was caught and beaten with stones,” police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told…

Female representation in local Scottish government rises to 25 percent

Standing back from the propaganda battle between the Scottish National party and Labour over which has the most to brag about after Thursday’s council elections, one neutral fact emerges: local government in Scotland is a little less male, pale and stale. An analysis of the final results by Meryl Kenny…

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom targets New Zealand politician with rap video

Kim Dotcom’s penchant for online films is well documented. His recent YouTube releases include an expensively produced rap song in which the internet tycoon screams around a German race track with Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen, and the famous Mega Song in which Dotcom is joined by the like of…

Putin returns to Kremlin under protest shadow

Vladimir Putin took office on Monday as Russian president for a historic third term in a glittering Kremlin ceremony shadowed bybloody clashes between police and protesters against his rule. Putin, president from 2000-2008, took over from outgoing president Dmitry Medvedev after swearing in his oath to protect the rights of Russian citizens and defend the country’s…

American kidnapped in Pakistan appears in Qaeda video

Elderly US development worker Warren Weinstein has appeared in an Al-Qaeda video for the first time since he was kidnapped inPakistan just days before he meant to return home last August. The two minute, 40 second video was posted on jihadist forums by Al-Qaeda’s media arm as-Sahab on Sunday, according to the US monitoring service SITE. There is no…

Clinton presses India to cut Iran oil imports

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on India Monday to further cut its imports of Iranian oil, saying New Delhi should use its growing clout to help isolate the Islamic republic. “India… is certainly working towards lowering purchases of Iranian oil. We commend the steps they have taken thus far,” she told an audience of school…

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