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Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam War photographer Horst Fass dies at 79

Two-time Pulitzer-prize winning German photographer Horst Faas, known for his haunting pictures of the Vietnam war, died on Thursday, his employer for 50 years the Associated Press said. Faas, who was 79, covered the Vietnam war from 1962 to 1974 — longer than any other photographer — and won a…

Mount Fuji could collapse if fault line shifts

Parts of Japan’s Mount Fuji, a national symbol and key tourist attraction, could collapse if a newly-discovered faultline under the mountain shifts, a government-commissioned report has warned. A three-year study by seismologists discovered a previously unknown active fault underneath the mountain, which sits around 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of…

Planned NATO nuclear weapons upgrade is ‘expensive and unnecessary’: Report

Nato’s plans to upgrade the US’s estimated 180 tactical nuclear weapons in western Europe are unnecessary, expensive and likely to exacerbate already difficult relations with Russia, according to a report. The alliance is preparing to replace “dumb” free-fall nuclear bombs and ageing delivery aircraft with precision-guided weapons that would be…

Inequality threatens Africa’s astonishing growth: Report

Africa’s impressive growth during the financial and economic crisis of the last five years will be put at risk unless action is taken to combat rising inequality, according to the annual health check on the continent from a panel led by the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The report…

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…

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