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In Brief: Army wades in to Egypt riots

THE military intervened in clashes between thousands of protesters and police in the Egyptian city of Port Said, in the latest in a cycle of violence which continues to rock the country two years after the uprising that ousted long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Around 5,000 protesters threw rocks and firebombs at police in the city, the scene of a civil strike now in its second week. Riot police responded with tear gas in street battles that lasted for hours.

Meanwhile a court has ruled that Mubarak will face a new trial next month on charges related to the killings of hundreds of protesters.


Wedding bus crash kills 15

A BUS carrying a wedding party rolled off a mountain highway in Nepal, killing 15 people and injuring 22.

Government administrator Navraj Baral said the bus veered off the Sidhartha highway near Chiripani village and rolled for 300m.

Police and villagers helped take the injured to hospitals in nearby cities. The bride and groom survived but were badly hurt.


Harlem Shake miners sacked

UP to 15 miners have been sacked for performing the Harlem Shake dance craze in an Australian gold mine.

The West Australian newspaper said the miners lost their six-figure salaries over the stunt in the Agnew Gold Mine. A YouTube video shows eight miners performing the convulsive dance.

A dismissal letter cited by the paper says mine owner Barminco considered the stunt a safety issue.


Sick Gareth out of Ice show

THE viewers' vote on Dancing On Ice was cancelled as contestant Gareth Thomas was too ill to perform and had to withdraw.

The former rugby player had been sick and dizzy all week while performing flying moves on a harness.

Last night he could only perform one of his two planned routines.

Voters wanting a refund were told to check the Dancing On Ice website today.

Thomas's withdrawal means EastEnders actor Matt Lapsinskas, boxer Luke Campbell and gymnast Beth Tweddle progress to the final.