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Khmer Rouge trial indicts four

Cambodia's genocide tribunal today indicted the four top surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime blamed for 1.7 million deaths in the 1970s, paving the way for the panel's long-awaited second trial next year.

The UN-assisted tribunal has said it expects to start the trial by the middle of next year against Nuon Chea, the group's ideologist; former head of state Khieu Samphan; former Foreign Minister Ieng Sary; and his wife Ieng Thirith, ex-minister for social affairs.

They each face four charges, including crimes against humanity and genocide.



Giant shrew may be new species

A giant elephant-shrew caught on camera in a remote African forest may be a new species, scientists said.

The bizarre mammal, which has a long, flexible, trunk-like nose, was discovered in the Boni-Dodori forest in north-eastern Kenya.

There are currently 17 known species of elephant-shrew, or giant sengi, which are found in Africa and are more closely related to elephants than shrews. But scientists believe this find could be a new species.



Mexico calls for day of peace

Just one day without massacres, beheadings or shootouts.

For its 200th birthday today, Mexico wanted its citizens -- and the world -- to forget its vicious drug war and remember the country's epic history.

All were on display with a multi-million euro fiesta in Mexico City, two years in the making. About 60,000 revellers crowded along the capital's main promenade, cheering and yelling "Bravo!" at the start of the 1.7-mile parade of floats and dances.



First maritime rescue drill

Taiwanese officials say the island has completed its first joint maritime rescue drill with China since the two established direct sea links in 2008.

Taiwan's Coast Guard said 400 maritime rescue personnel, 33 vessels and three helicopters from China and the island took part in the exercise today. Action was concentrated between the offshore Taiwanese island of Kinmen and the Chinese port of Xiamen.


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