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France’s ‘President Normal’ declares modest assets

PARIS, May 11, 2012 (AFP) – France’s president-elect Francois Hollande — who campaigned as a “Mr Normal” figure — declared a very modest collection of assets as he prepared for his swearing-in ceremony next Tuesday. Hollande, a 57-year-old career politician with four children, owns three properties in the south —…

Indonesian crews find 12 bodies in Russia jet crash

Questions mounted over how the twin-engine Sukhoi Superjet 100, a new passenger plane with a veteran pilot at the controls, crashed into Mount Salak, a dormant volcano well-known to pilots as a peril. Rescuers struggled to reach the jungly site on the face of the mountain, using climbing equipment to…

Afghan soldier opens fire on NATO troops, kills U.S. colleague

An Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing an American and leaving two others wounded, officials said. The death brings to 20 the number of NATO soldiers killed by Afghan colleagues in at least 15 separate attacks so far this year. The shootings have…

Man declared dead leaves Australian hospital

AFP - A man pronounced dead following a car crash by Australian paramedics who then left the scene has been discharged from hospital after making a remarkable recovery, a report said Friday. Daniel Huf, 30, was trapped upside down in the wreckage of a Porsche in a Melbourne suburb and was…

Egypt holds first ever presidential candidate debate

CAIRO — Egypt held its first ever debate between presidential candidates on Thursday, as the two frontrunners for this month’s election traded political accusations on television. Amr Mussa, a former foreign minister and Arab League chief, faced the moderate Islamist Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh in the debate which was aired…

Scotland Yard arrests 17-year-old hacker claiming Team Poison affiliation

Police have arrested a 17-year-old suspected spokesman for Team Poison, a hacking group that has claimed responsibility for a series of high-profile cyber-attacks. The boy was arrested on Wednesday in Newcastle in connection with alleged computer misuse offences, London’s Metropolitan Police said. “The suspect, who is believed to use the…

UN food agency warns of coming Africa funding shortage

The head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Jose Graziano da Silva, warned Thursday of a major funding gap for activities in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Speaking at an international economic forum in Madrid, Graziano da Silva said that although there is “increasing convergence on how…

Pacific island nations pledge to wind, sun and coconut power

Tiny Pacific nations which are most at threat from rising seas have vowed to dump diesel and other dirty expensive fuels blamed for causing global warming and replace them with clean sources. Using coconut biofuel and solar panels, Tokelau — which consists of three island dots half way between New…

Spanish students strike over education crisis

Spanish students took to the streets Thursday in anger at crisis cuts in education, the first in several days of broader social protests across the country. The national Students’ Union called demonstrations in more than 50 towns, its leader Tohil Delgado told AFP, predicting that thousands of students, pupils and…

White House not ‘disappointed’ after Putin no-show at G8

The White House insisted Thursday it was not disappointed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will skip the G8 summit and talks with President Barack Obama next week. The Russian leader, returned as president after a four year break Monday, and was expected to have a first chance to meet on…

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