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Egypt poll advanced

Cairo, Feb. 24 (Reuters): Egypt has advanced the start of parliamentary elections to April 22 to defuse a row with the Christian minority, who said the original schedule would clash with their Easter celebrations.

The move may satisfy Coptic Christians, who make up 10 per cent of the population. The decision by President Mohamed Mursi was announced by his spokesperson on Facebook.

Algeria plant

Algiers (Reuters): - Algeria’s Tiguentourine gas plant resumed partial production on Sunday, more than a month after dozens of foreign workers were killed in an Islamist attack, the head of the state energy firm Sonatrach told the state radio.

Honest beggar

Washington (PTI): A homeless man in the US has returned an expensive diamond engagement ring to its rightful owner after she accidentally dropped it in his donation cup. Help from all over the world has poured in for Billy Ray Harris after the ring’s owner Sarah Darling and her husband set up an online fundraiser for him.

Congo deal

Addis Ababa (Reuters): A UN-mediated peace deal aimed at ending two decades of conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo was signed on Sunday by leaders of Africa’s Great Lakes region in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Waste flight

London (PTI): An Australian pilot in a first-of-its kind attempt plans to fly a 16,898km trip from Sydney to London using fuel produced entirely from plastic waste. Rowsell will embark on the journey in July.

Bangla clash

Dhaka (PTI): At least five persons, including a woman, were killed and over 50 injured on Sunday as police opened fire during clashes with Islamists who enforced a nationwide shutdown demanding execution of “atheist bloggers” for alleged blasphemy.


 
 
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