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Egyptian runoff candidate’s HQ torched in Cairo

Unidentified assailants set fire to the headquarters of Egypt’s runoff presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq on Monday after officials said he would face a Muslim Brotherhood candidate in the second round. An annex in Shafiq’s headquarters in Cairo went up in flames hours after election officials announced that the former premier,…

13 children among 19 dead in Qatar mall fire

A fire that erupted at a nursery in a huge Venice-themed shopping centre in the expat-dominated Qatari capital of Doha on Monday killed 19 people including 13 children, the interior ministry said. Four of the children who died were Spanish, said a foreign ministry spokeswoman in Madrid, while Paris announced…

Cyber attack on Iranian oil ministry is ‘most sophisticated’ computer worm yet

A cyber-attack that targeted Iran’s oil ministry and main export terminal was caused by the most sophisticated computer worm yet developed, experts have warned. The virus appears to have been directed primarily at a small number of organisations and individuals in Iran, the West Bank, Lebanon and the United Arab…

Man who tweeted joke about blowing up UK airport will get new trial

A man who tweeted a joke threat to “blow up” Robin Hood airport in South Yorkshire has lost his attempt to overturn the judgment – but now the appeal will be considered all over again. Senior judges have ordered a fresh hearing of the original case against Paul Chambers from…

Two Tibetan men set themselves on fire in Lhasa

Two Tibetan men have set themselves on fire outside a temple in Lhasa and one has died, reports said Monday, as a wave of self-immolations in China’s Tibetan areas spread to the heavily guarded city. Sunday’s incident marked the first time such protests have taken place in the Tibetan capital,…

Bahraini human rights activist ends 110-day hunger strike

Opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, facing a life sentence on charges of seeking to overthrow Bahrain’s Sunni rulers, announced Monday ending a 110-day hunger strike, as another rights campaigner is released on bail. Shiite Khawaja “will end his hunger strike this (Monday) evening,” his lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi said. Earlier Jishi announced…

Solar-powered transatlantic flight delayed by winds

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse has been delayed by strong winds during a stop-off on its first planned intercontinental flight, organisers said on Monday. The plane landed in Madrid early Friday at the end of the first leg of its attempt to reach Morocco without using a drop of…

Kenya to open Africa’s first underwater museum

Kenya is on the brink of building Africa’s first underwater museum, which will be dedicated to studying marine life and shipwrecks. Designs of the proposed museum, which is expected to be open in 2014, have already begun with the help of US architects and a budget for construction costs is…

UN envoy arrives in Damascus after ‘tragic’ Syrian massacre

UN-Arab envoy Kofi Annan arrived in the Syrian capital Monday for a bid to salvage his battered peace plan, expressing “shock” at the massacre of more than 100 people in the town of Houla. Annan said the “tragic” massacre in the central Syrian town was “an appalling moment with profound…

Fears rise as Latin America’s largest trash dump closes

On a mountain of trash, a man takes a quick break in a sliver of shade before resuming his sorting work in Latin America’s largestgarbage dump hugging Rio’s famed Guanabara Bay. But soon, he’ll have to look for a new job. Ahead of the Rio+20 United Nations sustainable developmentsummit next month, which will…

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