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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…

Europe stocks and euro firm on Greek vote prospects

European stock markets mostly rose on Monday after opinion pollsindicated a victory for pro-austerity conservatives in Greece’s upcoming general election, but Madrid fell on Spain’s bank strains. The European single currency meanwhile jumped to $1.2574 from $1.2515 late in New York on Friday, when it briefly hit a 22-month low point of $1.2496…

Heckler brands Tony Blair a ‘war criminal’ over JPMorgan payments

A heckler burst into a room where former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair was testifying on Monday and branded him a “war criminal” over alleged payments by JPMorgan for the Iraq war. David Lawley-Wakelin, who was from the Alternative Iraq Enquiry, momentarily halted Blair’s testimony to Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry…

Report: New evidence of Iran assassination plots

Investigators working in four countries have amassed new evidence linking attempts to assassinate officials and businessmen to either Iran-backed Hezbollah or Iran-based operatives, The Washington Post reported Monday. Citing unnamed US and Middle Eastern security officials, the newspaper said the evidence included phone records, forensic tests, coordinated travel arrangements and even cellphone SIM cards purchased…

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…

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…

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