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Tiny snake grounds plane in Australia


Hundreds of passengers scheduled to board an Australian Qantas jet were forced to spend a night in hotels after a tiny snake was found on the door of the aircraft.

Australians vote with Abbott set for landslide win


Millions of Australians voted in national elections Saturday with conservative challenger Tony Abbott heading for a thumping victory over Labour Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Good starts for Murray, Nadal

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal competed on hard courts for the first time in five months on Wednesday, with both reaching the third round of the Montreal Masters.

75 Morsi supporters killed in Cairo clashes

At least 75 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi were killed in clashes with police in Cairo early on Saturday, doctors at an Islamist-organised field hospital said.

Assange launches party to contest Australia polls

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday officially launched his political party to contest Australian elections this year, saying a victory for this candidates would be akin to planting the country’s “best investigative journalists” in the Senate.

Egypt Army chief calls for rallies, enraging Islamists

Egypt’s Army chief called Wednesday for mass rallies to back a crackdown on “terrorism and violence,” in comments quickly slammed as a “threat” by a senior Islamist who vowed to continue protests.

Morsi’s family accuses Army of abducting him

The family of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Monday accused the powerful military of “abducting” the Islamist leader and vowed to take legal action against the Army chief.

Australia now closed to boatpeople: PM

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Friday announced that no more boatpeople will be resettled in Australia as refugees, with all unauthorised arrivals to be sent to poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Myanmar to free all political prisoners by year-end: President

Myanmar President Thein Sein said that all political prisoners would be freed by the end of the year and that a ceasefire with ethnic groups was possible within weeks.

Greenwald: Snowden docs contain NSA “blueprint”


Edward Snowden has very sensitive “blueprints” detailing how the National Security Agency operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, a journalist close to the intelligence leaker has said.

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