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Briefs, October 11, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 October, 2012, 3:43am
 

German press blasts Athens protesters

BERLIN - The German press was united in its disgust after some Greek demonstrators dressed in Nazi uniforms and flew swastikas to protest Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Athens. "Germany does not deserve THAT," screamed mass-circulation daily Bild. "Merkel's visit was intended as a goodwill gesture, but it is doubtful that her quiet expressions of sympathy were heard by the demonstrators," said the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily. AFP

S Africa mine owners, unions reach pay deal

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's gold mine owners and unions representing picketing workers reached a deal to end months of industrial unrest that has curbed production of the precious metal. The Chamber of Mines and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) agreed to a series of pay rises that will now be put to striking workers for approval. AFP

DSK begs to be left alone by the press

PARIS - Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said in a rare magazine interview that he is tired of being hunted by the media and begged to be left alone. "I no longer have public duties, I am not a candidate for anything. I have never been convicted in this country or any other," said Strauss-Kahn. "Nothing justifies the fact I have become the target of a media hunt, which sometimes ends up resembling a manhunt." Reuters

King Abdullah appoints reformist as PM

AMMAN - Jordan's King Abdullah appointed reformist politician Abdullah Ensour as prime minister to prepare for the country's first post-Arab-spring parliamentary election, due by early next year. Reuters

Dragon capsule links up with space station

WASHINGTON - A capsule on the first privately run resupply mission successfully linked up yesterday with the International Space Station. A robot arm operated by two of the six astronauts aboard the space station snatched the unmanned Dragon capsule. Earlier SpaceX, the private company behind the mission, said a prototype communications satellite, flying as a secondary payload aboard Falcon 9 rocket, was sent into the wrong orbit because of a problem during the launch on Saturday. AFP

British police detain two on terror charges

LONDON - British police arrested two people at Heathrow Airport in connection with alleged terrorist acts in Syria. A man and a woman, both 26, were held after arriving in Britain on a flight from Egypt. Two homes in east London were searched in connection with the arrests. "The arrests form part of an investigation into travel to Syria in support of alleged terrorist activity," police said. AFP

Costa Concordia captain wants job back

ROME - The captain of an Italian luxury liner wrecked in January is taking ship owner Costa Crociere to court for firing him and is demanding his job back. Francesco Schettino, who is being investigated for causing the shipwreck that claimed 32 lives and abandoning the Costa Concordia before everyone had been evacuated, was fired by Costa at the end of July. Schettino claimed his actions saved lives. AFP

Australia lets Tyson in, if he behaves nicely

SYDNEY - Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been granted a visa to Australia for his November "Day of the Champions" speaking tour, but was warned he must behave. The approval came a week after Tyson, who was convicted of rape and jailed in 1992, was denied entry to New Zealand. AFP

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