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In brief: Nigerian legal official tried to stop UK probe into politician, claims WikiLeaks

Diplomatic cables released by the WikiLeaks website claim Nigeria's top legal official tried to halt an investigation into a powerful politician.

The cables claim former attorney general Michael Aondoakaa demanded the UK return evidence it received implicating former Delta state governor James Ibori.

Mr Ibori faces charges over stealing £187m (€222m) in state funds while in office. UK investigators claimed Mr Ibori put much of the money in English banks. Mr Ibori was a top adviser to late president Umaru Yar'Adua.

Palin: 'America is on road to ruin'

America is on a "road to ruin" because of misguided policies in Washington and needs to get back in step with the values of ex-President Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin said at an event in California honouring the former president's legacy.

However, Reagan's family are not fans of Palin. Reagan's son, Ron Jr, said he didn't see anything in common between his father and the former Alaska governor. "Sarah Palin is a soap opera, basically. She's doing mostly what she does to make money and keep her name in the news," he said.

Benedict ordains five new bishops

Pope Benedict XVI ordained five new bishops yesterday, including a Chinese prelate who is second in command in the Vatican's missionary office.

The elevation of Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai, a 60-year-old Salesian prelate from Hong Kong, comes as relations between the Holy See and Beijing have hit a low point over the Chinese state-backed church's ordination of bishops without papal consent.

Saudi Facebook activists seek change

A group of Saudi Facebook activists has started a campaign calling for political and economic reforms. The group was inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt that have been spurred by social networking groups.

The Saudi Facebook activists say a new constitution should guarantee women's rights. The postings also discuss corruption and unfair distribution of wealth.

Two Nato officers die in Afghanistan

Two Nato service members have been killed in separate bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan. Details of their identities were not immediately disclosed.

Five service members with the international coalition have been killed so far in February, and 36 since the start of the year.

Sunday Independent