In brief: Third worker dies in clean-up job at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant
A worker at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant died yesterday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said, bringing the death toll among workers at the complex to three since the massive earthquake and tsunami damaged the plant in March.
Despite the prolonged nuclear crisis, Prime Minister Naoto Kan is to announce at a G8 summit in France that Japan will continue using nuclear power. The cause of the worker's death was unknown.
Six charged with supporting terror
SIX people in the US and Pakistan have been charged with providing financing and material support to the Pakistani Taliban, US officials said yesterday. Three of the accused, who are all originally from Pakistan, were US citizens arrested in South Florida and Los Angeles.
Iran postpone blinding acid attacker
IRAN has postponed blinding a man in retribution for throwing acid in the face of a woman in 2004.
Majid Mohavedi was sentenced in 2008 to be blinded in both eyes for pouring acid in the face of Ameneh Bahrami after she spurned his marriage offer. Under Iranian law, retribution is permitted in cases where bodily injuries are inflicted.
"The punishment of Majid was scheduled to be carried out on Saturday at a hospital but it has been postponed," an unnamed official said, without giving details. Ms Bahrami, whose hands, neck and face were disfigured in the attack, said she did not want to take revenge, but wanted to "prevent it from happening to someone else".
British worker kidnapped in Nigeria
A BRITISH contract worker has vanished in Nigeria after being kidnapped by gunmen. The raiders stormed into the man's apartment on Thursday night and fled with him and an Italian worker, police said. The pair have not been named. The men worked for the construction firm B Stabilini and were building a bank.
Somali pirates release Spanish sailors
Somali pirates said yesterday they had released two Spanish sailors held hostage on the hijacked Italian-flagged tanker Savina Caylyn, after receiving $5m (€3.5m) in ransom. Jose Alfonso Garcia and Alfonso Rey were originally from the Mozambique-flagged and Spanish-owned fishing vessel FV VEGA 5, seized by pirates last December with 24 crew.
'Pirates' stars drop anchor at Cannes
The latest instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise laid anchor at the Cannes film festival yesterday, bringing with it a crew of big stars including Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the fourth film in a series, which has a global box-office tally so far of $2.7bn (€1.9bn).
Three die as Syrian army storms town
Three people were killed when the Syrian army and militia loyal to President Bashar al-Assad entered the town of Tel Kelakh in Homs province yesterday, a rights campaigner in contact with residents said.
More immigrants reach Italian island
Italian border police say they escorted a boat with 218 Tunisians aboard to tiny Lampedusa island, where tens of thousands of illegal migrants have arrived since January to escape turmoil in North Africa. Major Piergiuseppe Cananzi said the Tunisians would be deported.
Singapore political stalwarts resign
Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew, 87, resigned from the cabinet yesterday, ceding leadership to a younger generation after his party's worst election result since independence in 1965. Lee and fellow former prime minister Goh Chok Tong said they wanted to leave a clean path for younger leaders.
IMF chief 'target of smear campaign'
A close ally of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, possible Socialist candidate in France's presidential election, said yesterday the IMF chief was the target of a smear campaign by President Nicolas Sarkozy's camp. Strauss Kahn, front-runner in surveys of voting intentions ahead of next April's election, is taking legal action over media reports which portray him as having a luxury lifestyle.
Teachers vote to strike in pay row
Members of a Scottish teaching union yesterday voted for strike action in a row over changes to pay and conditions. The NASUWT voted unanimously to reject the changes, which include a two-year pay freeze.
Countdown starts for shuttle launch
NASA has restarted the countdown clock for shuttle Endeavour's launch to deliver a high-profile particle physics experiment and spare parts to the International Space Station. Liftoff is targeted for 8.56am local time tomorrow from the Kennedy Space Centre.
US actress recovering after brain op
Mary Tyler Moore had a four-hour brain operation to remove a benign tumour and is "recovering nicely", her spokeswoman said last Friday. The beloved US actress, 74, had elective surgery to remove a meningioma.
Dylan denies censorship of China gigs
Rock legend Bob Dylan has taken to his website to dispute accusations he bowed to censorship for his first ever concerts in China last month. Dylan was criticised by Human Rights Watch for not performing some of his best-known protest songs on his China tour in April.
Troops gunned down in Yemen attack
Gunmen killed six soldiers and wounded a seventh in central Yemen yesterday, a security official said. Elsewhere, activists claimed police clashed with protesters in the city of Taiz, injuring 15 during a rally calling for the ejection of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.