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In Brief: 600 watch Mali execution

RADICAL Islamists in northern Mali executed a man who had been accused of killing someone, a punishment that was witnessed by about 600 people in the town of Timbuktu.

The public execution was the latest move by the militants to impose their strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah law.

Previously the Islamists have stoned to death a couple accused of adultery, and carried out at least eight amputations.

Teacher tried to hire hitman

A feud between two Florida teachers in a social studies department led one to try to hire a hitman to kill the other.

Former friends James Pepe and Robert Meredith fell out as they worked together and Pepe eventually transferred to a different job in a school in Tampa.

But he suspected Mr Meredith was spreading rumours about him and tried to hire the hitman, who reported him to police.

Salmon meals spark recall

Smoked salmon tainted with salmonella has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands, sparking major recalls there and in the US.

US health authorities say they are also investigating whether the salmon could be at the root of a multi-state outbreak of the illness.

The Netherlands' National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the salmon was traced to a Dutch company called Foppen, which sells fish to many major supermarkets in the Netherlands and stores around the world.

Saudis ban Ikea women models

Furniture store giant Ikea has been criticised for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its catalogue.

Comparing the Swedish and Saudi versions of the Ikea catalogue, Swedish newspaper Metro showed that women had been airbrushed out of otherwise identical pictures.

The report raised questions in Sweden about Ikea's commitment to gender equality.