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Pistorius's cop brother cleared

The brother of Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, cried tears of relief as a magistrate acquitted him of culpable homicide in the death of a woman in a car accident.

The magistrate ruled yesterday that Carl Pistorius was not negligent, and that Maria Barnard was driving her motorcycle excessively fast when she crashed into the back of his vehicle in 2008.

Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, 26, is charged with the murder of his girlfriend in the St Valentine's Day shooting. Pistorius claims he mistook her for a burglar.


Police have arrested four people after a second night of riots in a Swedish suburb, during which some 200 youths hurled rocks at police and set cars ablaze in anger over the death of a 69-year-old man, who was shot and killed by police.

A police spokesman in Stockholm said seven youths were detained yesterday, but three were released after questioning. The four in custody are suspected of rioting, during which seven police officers were injured.


A third tourist has died after a hot-air balloon crashed to the ground in Turkey

The balloon collided with another mid-air during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Turkey's Cappadocia region on Monday.

Twenty-one other tourists from Brazil, Argentina and Spain, and their Portuguese pilot, were injured in the crash.

The accident was the second fatal one in Cappadocia since balloon tours began more than a decade ago. Turkey's civil aviation agency has launched an inquiry into the accident.


Five Yemenis convicted of crimes in Saudi Arabia have been executed and their bodies put on public display as a deterrent.

The Interior Ministry says the five were convicted of several crimes, including the murder of a Saudi man. They were executed yesterday in the southern city of Jazan.

The kingdom follows a strict interpretation of Islam, under which criminals can be executed, mostly by the sword or a firing squad.