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Dingo blamed... finally

An Australian coroner has ruled 9-month-old Azaria Chamberlain died after being taken by a dingo in the desert in 1980. Her parents were initially jailed for her murder before the convictions were quashed.

‘This did not happen’

Former British PM Gordon Brown has contradicted media mogul Rupert Murdoch in judicial hearings. At the Leveson enquiry into media ethics, Brown denied Murdoch’s evidence of a heated conversation when his papers changed political allegiance.

Mubarak gravely ill

Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s precarious health has deteriorated since he was sentenced to life imprisonment last week. Some reports suggest his heart is failing. Lawyers for the 84-year-old say his jailers are trying to kill him.

Euro 2012 flares

Violence has erupted at soccer competition Euro 2012, hosted by Poland and Ukraine. Flares and swords have been used in some match-related violence in Poland. German and Portuguese teams have been penalised for theirsupporters behaviour.

Africans detained

Eight South Sudanese refugees in Israel have been rounded up by government officials preparing to deport them. A court has ruled their lives are no longer at risk in their homeland. Refugees from other African countries have also been detained.

Holland’s Mali fears

French president Francois Hollande says Mali could become a new home to terrorists if the country is not stabilised.

After meeting his Niger counterpart he said he would ask the UN for permission to intervene in Mali’s political unrest.

Spain makes four

European finance ministers have agreed to hand Spain a $126 billion bailout to rescue faulting banks. It is the fourth eurozone country to be given a bailout. Markets were buoyed by the weekend move.

Chavez nominates

Cancer-stricken Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has been nominated for the country’s presidential election in October. The 57-year-old was diagnosed with cancer twice since last year andwas treated in Cuba.

Dudus jailed

Jamaican drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke has been jailed by a New York judge for 23 years. He was convicted of racketeering charges, and running drug cartels which moved drugs across borders and murdered associates.

Burma violence

Escalating violence in Burma has prompted United States officials to urge the end of attacks in the region. The murder of a Buddhist woman and an attack on a bus of Muslims spurred violence in the military-run province.

Syria under strain

Civilian attacks in Syria are continuing to raise the ire of international observers. Days after the United Nations found evidence of the massacre of an entire village, a fresh UN report says troops used children to deter attacks from opposition forces.

Protest threat

Police raids have reportedly encouraged anti-government protesters in Russia to plan fresh rallies.

President Vladimir Putin last week increased penalties for unsanctioned protests, raising fears the government is cracking down on opposition.

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