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153 feared killed as plane crashes in Lagos: air chief

LAGOS — A plane carrying 153 passengers crashed Sunday in a densely populated district of Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos, the head of Civil Aviation Authority told AFP, adding he feared none had survived. “It was a Dana (airline) flight out of (the capital) Abuja to Lagos with about 153 people…

Britain’s armed forces minister deems ‘cyber strikes’ a ‘civilized option’

Pre-emptive cyber strikes against perceived national security threats are a “civilised option” to neutralise potential attacks, Britain’s armed forces minister said Sunday. Nick Harvey made the comment at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore in relation to reports that the US had launched cyber attacks to cripple Iran’s nuclear…

Hunt continues for ‘Canadian Psycho’

The hunt for a Canadian porn star suspected of cutting off and mailing his lover’s limbs continued Sunday with police carrying out “targeted searches” in parts of Paris. Luka Rocco Magnotta remains at large after the gruesome killing of Chinese student Lin Jun, but an arrest warrant issued Thursday and…

Mass protests in Egypt over Mubarak verdicts

Hundreds of Egyptians occupied Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday after a night of rage against what they feel are lenient sentences given to ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and his security chiefs. A judge sentenced Mubarak, 84, and his interior minister Habib al-Adly to life in prison on Saturday for involvement…

Growing Japan investigation highlights culture of insider trading

A probe into insider trading has thrust the spotlight on the cosy world of Japanese share dealing, with US investment banking giant JPMorgan now ensnared in the snowballing investigation. Criminal convictions for trading on inside information are few and far between in Japan. For those who are caught, the token…

Thousands protest tuition hikes in Montreal

Thousands of people took to the streets of Montreal Saturday braving driving rain to protest planned tuition hikes after talks between students and the Quebec government broke down. Students, along with parents and their children, marched peacefully, many of them wearing costumes and playing music with trumpets, foghorns and pans. CLASSE, the largest and…

Hugo Chavez meets Belarus leader in rare public event

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who recently underwent cancer radiation therapy, held a rare public event Saturday to welcome Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko with TV cameras rolling. Chavez, 57, made an appearance of about 15 minutes to bid farewell to Semashko at Miraflores Palace as the Belarusian official wrapped up his visit ahead…

Egypt Brotherhood’s presidential candidate says continue the revolution

The Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi Saturday called on Egyptians to continue their “revolution” as thousands protested against a controversial verdict in Hosni Mubarak’s trial. Mursi, who faces Mubarak’s last premier Ahmed Shafiq in a run-off on June 16 and 17, said protesters would guarantee a free election and the transfer of power from the ruling military.…

Russia marks 50 years since Soviet protest massacre

Russia on Saturday quietly marked half a century since Soviet forces brutally suppressed a rare protest led by striking factory workers in one of the worst massacres of the USSR’s postwar era. Twenty-six people were killed on June 2, 1962 when Soviet troops fired on the mass protest against working conditions and rising…

Arabs urge UN action amid fears of Syria civil war

Arab leaders called Saturday for UN action as at least 39 people were killed in Syria amid growing fears that envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan is failing and the country is heading for all-out civil war. Annan himself warned of sectarian warfare, singling out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime as the key to…

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