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Briefs, October 9, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 October, 2012, 4:41am

Liquid nitrogen teen has stomach removed

LONDON - British surgeons removed a teenager's stomach to save her life after she drank a cocktail made with liquid nitrogen during a night out with friends. Gaby Scanlon, 18, was rushed to a hospital in Lancaster where she was diagnosed with a perforated stomach. She is now in a serious but stable condition. The bar which served the drink has stopped selling all liquid nitrogen drinks. Reuters
 

Rio mayor returned to oversee Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO - Riding a wave of support from Rio's slums, Eduardo Paes was re-elected mayor and now takes up the challenge of overseeing major infrastructure projects ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Paes, who got 64.6 per cent of the vote, easily defeated his ultra-leftist rival, Marcelo Freixo. "We are going to work together over the next four years," said the incumbent, whose party is a member of President Dilma Rousseff's ruling coalition. AFP
 

Russian politician in alleged Kremlin coup

MOSCOW - Russian investigators summoned an opposition leader for questioning amid claims he planned to overthrow President Vladimir Putin. State-controlled NTV showed a smear film that said Sergei Udaltsov, the leader of the Left Front movement, was backed by a Georgian lawmaker and former Bank of Moscow president Andrei Borodin, who is exiled in Britain. AFP
 

Sacked mine workers seek justice over killing

JOHANNESBURG - Representatives of 12,000 fired Anglo American Platinum workers in South Africa plan to lay murder charges against police after a colleague was killed in clashes with the authorities. The Amplats worker, identified by mine workers as Mtshunquleni Qakamba, 48, was killed on Thursday when police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse strikers on a hill. AFP
 

Kiwis plan rousing welcome for Hobbit

WELLINGTON - New Zealand's capital Wellington will rename itself "The Middle of Middle-earth" when it hosts the world premiere of The Hobbit movie trilogy next month. Middle-earth is the fictional setting for the movies. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the city will lash out on a red-carpet celebration for the November 28 premiere at the downtown Embassy Theatre. AP
 

Space station ready to welcome the Dragon

WASHINGTON - A cargo-laden capsule was on its way to the International Space Station on Nasa's first privately run supply mission after a successful blast-off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. The capsule named Dragon reached orbit and spread its two wing-like solar antennas 10 minutes after the rocket pierced the night sky over the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The capsule, loaded with 400kg of supplies, is set to reach the ISS tomorrow. AFP

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