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Sabahi calls for recount in Egyptian presidential race, citing 'violations'

the third runner-up in Egypt's presidential race called yesterday for a partial vote recount, citing violations, his spokesman said.Early results show that Hamdeen Sabahi came in third by a margin of some 700,000 votes, leaving him out of next month's run-off between the two leading candidates.

Mr Sabahi's spokesman Hossam Mounis said the campaign has found evidence of many violations during the two days of voting that would affect the final results.

"The evidence we have and that we are still accumulating shows a big number of violations in many polling centres," he said. Results from the first round of voting have shown that the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohammed Morsi and Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, will face each other in a June 16-17 run-off.

Gunman kills two in Finnish shooting

A GUNMAN aged 18 killed two people and wounded seven others in what appeared to be a random shooting in a southern Finnish town, police said yesterday.

The suspect was arrested near Hyvinkaa, some five hours after he fired several shots from a low rooftop at people outside a restaurant just before 2am, said police.

The suspect, a local man from Hyvinkaa, 50km north of capital Helsinki, did not resist arrest.

"The man was found with two weapons... including a hunting rifle," Det Chief Insp Markku Tuominen said, adding that police knew of no possible motive.

The gunman killed a man and woman, both aged 18, as well as critically wounding a female police officer aged 23.

Bankia boss insists lender has future

The president of troubled Spanish Bankia tried yesterday to calm fears about the future of the bank, saying Spain's second largest mortgage lender will emerge as a solid financial entity after it receives €19bn in state aid in the country's biggest-ever bank bailout.

Bankia and its parent group BFA are prepared to sell a large property portfolio and a "significant package" of companies as part of its efforts to turn itself around, said Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri.

The Spanish government has promised Bankia the money, an amount far higher than what it envisioned when it effectively nationalised the bank this month after it had been stuck with some €32bn in toxic assets.

Sixty-six Bosnians finally get burial

Thousands have gathered in the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad to bury the remains of 66 Muslim Bosnians killed and thrown into the river by Bosnian Serb forces at the start of the country's 1992-95 war.

The victims' remains were discovered two years ago, when a man-made lake that divides Bosnia and Serbia was partially drained for the maintenance of a dam. They were identified through DNA analysis and buried at a cemetery in Visegrad yesterday.

Thousands of non-Serb civilians from the area were rounded up and killed during the conflict.

Yemeni army battles al-Qaeda rebels

The Yemeni army battled al-Qaeda-linked militants deep inside Zinjibar yesterday, recapturing key positions inside the southern rebel-held city and killing at least 62 Islamist fighters, including Somalis, a military official said.

The official said three government soldiers died and four were wounded in the fighting, part of an offensive that began earlier this month to uproot Islamist militants from southern Yemen. He said many of the dead militants were Somalis, but gave no precise figures.

Fatherhood buzz for comedian Skinner

Comedian Frank Skinner, 55, is feeling the buzz of fatherhood for the first time after his girlfriend Cath Mason gave birth to their son, he said yesterday.

The new arrival has been named Buzz Cody Skinner. Explaining the choice on his radio show, Skinner said: "He's called Buzz B-U-Z-Z. If you're my age, obviously he's after Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon. For you youngsters listening, yes, it's that puppet from Toy Story.

"His second name is Cody, as in Buffalo Bill Cody, the greatest showman of all time, so I've worked out his career."

Sunday Independent