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In brief: Japan to stop pumping water from nuclear plant into ocean -- regulators

Regulators said the pumping of radioactive water into waters off Japan from a crippled nuclear plant would end today, one day later than planned. Plant operator TEPCO said work was interrupted by an after-shock last Thursday. Japanese authorities said the death toll in Thursday's aftershock was three.

Protesters' fury after Cairo raid

Thousands of demonstrators barricaded themselves in Cairo's central square last night after soldiers stormed their camp killing at least one person and injuring 71. The military warned that it would clear Tahrir Square of protesters "with all force" for life to get back to normal.

Israeli raids kill four Palestinians

Israel killed four Palestinian militants and wounded half-a-dozen others as it pursued air raids in Gaza for a third day yesterday, local medics said.

Militants in the Gaza Strip continued striking Israel's south with rockets, wounding five Israelis at around daybreak, according to Israeli media reports.

Two held over Brazil school shooting

Brazilian police arrested two men in connection with a school shooting in Rio that left at least 12 students dead.

A police spokeswoman said that one of the men allegedly put the gunman in touch with the other, who allegedly sold the gunman a pistol used in the shooting.

Ten die in blast during Nigerian poll

A witness says an explosion killed 10 people during polls in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri yesterday.

He said one of them was a policewoman on election duty and that the bomb went off as some 300 voters were getting accredited for National Assembly elections.

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Two horses die in Grand National

The Grand National changed for good yesterday as two fences at Aintree, including the most famous obstacle of all, were bypassed by the field on the second circuit to avoid stricken horses. The field had to pass around the 20th fence, where Ornais had suffered a fatal fall. Then, as the remaining runners approached Becher's Brook for the second time, they were again waved around the obstacle, where Dooneys Gate had been fatally injured.

Work starts on Disney park in China

Walt Disney executives and their Shanghai partners used golden shovels to break ground yesterday for a long-sought Chinese theme park that will feature the world's biggest Magic Kingdom castle.

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