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Tahrir pressure builds after Mubarak verdicts  CAIRO: Egyptian activists who spearheaded the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak have called for mass demonstrations on Tuesday to protest against verdicts handed down in the former president's murder trial. Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adly were sentenced to life in prison on Saturday, but six security chiefs were acquitted over the killings of demonstrators during last year's uprising that left some 850 people dead. The ruling sparked nationwide outrage, with protesters taking to the streets in fury that no one had been found directly guilty of killing the protesters. The lack of police accountability under Mubarak was one of the main driving forces behind the uprising, and both activists and rights groups fear the acquittals will help sustain that culture of impunity. The pro-democracy April 6 movement, the Coalition of Revolution Youth and the Maspero Youth Union among others called for a mass protest at the capital's iconic Tahrir Square at 1500 ...

Nigerian air disasters over the last two decades  LAGOS: A timeline of the deadliest plane crashes in Nigeria over the past two decades: - June 3, 2012: All 153 people aboard an MD83 passenger plane are killed when the aircraft comes down on a residential area of Lagos while coming in for a landing on a domestic flight. A number of casualties are also feared on the ground. - October 29, 2006: 96 people die when a Boeing 737 on a domestic flight from Abuja ...

Beacons and rock concert to mark British queen LONDON: A chain of more than 4,200 beacons began to flare across the globe Monday to mark Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, with the last to be lit by the monarch at a star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace. The first beacon to celebrate 60 years of the queen's reign was set ablaze at Marlborough in New Zealand, followed by lightings at 10:00 pm local time in other Commonwealth countries. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard lit the beacon ...

One hurt in overnight Israeli raids on Gaza  JERUSALEM: The Israeli military carried out air strikes on Gaza overnight, injuring one Palestinian, after a rocket was fired at southern Israel, the army and Palestinian medical sources said on Monday. "Overnight, IAF (Israel Air Force) aircraft targeted a weapons manufacturing facility and a terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were identified," it said. "The targeting of these sites was in response to the rocket fire on communities in southern Israel," it said, referring ...

Suspect arrested in Toronto mall shooting: police  MONTREAL: Police in the Canadian city of Toronto said Monday they had arrested a suspect in connection with a weekend shooting at a mall in which one person was killed and seven wounded. In a message posted on twitter the police said: "an arrest has been made, no further details at this time." Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012

Libya jails 24 Russia, Ukraine, Belarus TRIPOLI: A military court handed stiff prison terms to 19 Ukrainians, three nationals from Belarus and two Russians accused of serving as mercenaries for ousted leader Moamer Kadhafi in Libya's conflict last year. One of the Russians, judged to have been the coordinator, was condemned to life imprisonment while the others were sentenced to 10 years' hard labour. The 24 men, who all denied the charges and insisted they were in Libya to work in its oil ...

India admits it has no fiscal firepower  NEW DELHI: India's finance minister admitted Monday that the government had no scope to increase public spending to spur the flagging economy, but said interest rate cuts might be possible. Shock economic growth figures published last Thursday showed the Indian economy growing at 5.3 percent in the January-March period, the slowest quarterly growth figure in nine years. India unveiled a huge stimulus programme after the last global slowdown following the financial crisis of 2008 in the United ...


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