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In brief: Sarkozy shouldn't run again -- survey

President Nicolas Sarkozy shouldn't run for a second term of office, according to 58pc of French people interviewed in a poll for magazine 'Le nouvel Observateur'.

Only 38pc of respondents were in favour of Mr Sarkozy running in the 2012 presidential elections, the survey showed.

William and Kate to go 'under radar'

Prince William and Kate are to go "under the radar" and keep a low profile for the rest of the year, St James's Palace has said.

"They are very conscious to make sure that the run-up to 2012 is the queen's year," a spokesman said.

Desert extremists acquiring arms

Islamist extremists in the Sahara desert have exploited the chaos in Libya to acquire weapons from the north African country, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said yesterday.

"Extremists in the Sahel region have taken advantage of the conflict in Libya to get arms," said Mr Frattini.

Toddler wakes up after 10-storey fall

A toddler who fell 10 storeys and survived after being caught by a passer-by has woken from a 10-day coma, Chinese state media has reported.

The two-year-old girl plunged from the window of her family's apartment after being left unattended.

Militants killed in US drone attacks

Suspected US unmanned aircraft fired missiles at a house in north-western Pakistan yesterday, killing 13 alleged militants in the second such attack in less than 12 hours, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strikes follow the US announcement that it was suspending more than a third of military aid to Pakistan.

Astronauts go for a stroll on station

A pair of astronauts ventured out on the last spacewalk of NASA's space shuttle era yesterday to retrieve a broken pump from the International Space Station.

It was the 160th spacewalk in the life of the orbiting outpost, and the last one planned for Americans for nearly a year.

Boffins get teeth into cell research

Scientists in Japan said yesterday they had created teeth -- complete with connective fibres and bones -- by using mouse stem cells and successfully transplanted them into mice, a step they hope will lead to progress in stem cell research.

Millions of bees on loose after crash

Clean-up crews in the US state of Idaho have finished clearing honey and an estimated 14 million bees that got loose after a delivery truck overturned on a highway in the western state.

Fremont county sheriff deputies say several workers were stung during the first few hours of the clean-up.

US eateries to get security guards

Small restaurants in the city of Newark, New Jersey, will be required to have an armed security guard at night under a new law.

The rule comes in the wake of a drive-by shooting in May at a restaurant, where an off-duty police officer was killed.

Couple tie knot in hospital after fall

A Pennsylvania couple ended up getting married in a hospital chapel after the groom fell down a flight of stairs on their wedding day.

Derek and Cassy McBride's wedding appeared doomed but family and nurses at Saint Vincent hospital in Erie decorated the chapel with medical glove balloons and bows made of gauze.

Irish Independent