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'Sickening' Vandalism of Australian Aboriginal Graves

Australian officials on Thursday condemned as "disgusting and sickening" the defacing of an Aboriginal burial site with Nazi swastikas and white supremacist slogans.

The Nazi symbol, "KKK" and "white power" were scrawled across the wall and several headstones were vandalised at the Fingal Head cemetery, a burial ground for Aboriginal people between 1864 and 1964 in the north of New South Wales state.

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EU to Fund Last Phase of Sarajevo Library Rebuilding

The European Union will fund the last phase of restoring the national library in Sarajevo which became a symbol of the destruction of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, officials said Wednesday.

The final part of the library's reconstruction, valued at 4.9 million euros ($6.4 million), should be finished by April 2014, Sarajevo mayor Alija Behmen said after signing the accord with EU special representative in Bosnia Peter Sorensen.

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Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' Published for First Time in Albania

Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" has come out in Albania for the first time, printed by a local publisher who now risks possible charges for stirring racial hatred, officials said Wednesday.

Ermir Nika of the culture ministry said Hitler's book would be "judicially treated as it violates Albanian legislation" for inciting racial hatred.

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Mancini Confirms Van Persie Interest

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed his interest in Arsenal's Robin Van Persie but believes the prolific Dutch striker will ultimately extend his contract with the Gunners.

Van Persie's contract with Arsenal expires in 2013 and a number of clubs have been alerted to the possibility of a shock summer move because he has ruled out discussing his future until then.

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Turkey Hints France to be Invited to Syria Summit despite Row

Turkish President Abdullah Gul indicated Thursday that France will be invited to the next meeting of the "Friends of Syria" to be held in Istanbul despite a slump in ties over a genocide bill.

A distinction must be made between bilateral relations and an international conference," Gul said on a visit to Tunisia, after a Turkish diplomat said Ankara had not decided whether to invite France to the conference.

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Russia Chooses Grannies to Sing at Eurovision

Russia on Thursday ignored established stars to choose a group of singing grandmothers from an obscure provincial village to represent the country at the 2012 Eurovision song contest.

The group, the Buranovskiye Babushki (Buranovo Grannies) from the far-flung Udmurtia region, won Russia's qualifying tournament for Eurovision in the early hours of Thursday with their cheerful folk-disco song "Party for Everybody".

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Canadian Woman Claims Parking a Human Right

A Canadian woman has launched a human rights complaint against the city of Ottawa for refusing to let her to park in front of her home in a historic district, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Pamela Howson has alleged discrimination in a case before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal on the grounds of "family circumstances," said the spokeswoman.

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X-Ray Swindler Faces Fraud Charges

A man accused of swindling X-ray charts from hospitals and clinics in Canada for their valuable silver content has been charged with fraud, Canada's capital police said Wednesday.

The Toronto resident was arrested 75 kilometers (46 miles) west of Ottawa with 30,000 X-rays in a rented truck after staff at one clinic became suspicious of his activities and alerted authorities, Staff Sergeant Kevin McCaffrey said.

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Waterproof Tablets, Smart Accessories Boost Tech Fair

Whether in the bath, the toilet or in the car, you need never be separated for an instant from your beloved tablet computer with a range of innovations showcased at this year's CeBIT tech fair.

Tablet computers are undoubtedly all the rage at this year's show, the world's biggest IT fair, with hangar-sized halls filled with the latest in ultra-light, ultra-fast and ultra-cool products from around the world.

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Apple Unveils New iPad, Apple TV Box

Apple unveiled a third-generation iPad enhanced with features aimed at keeping it on top of the booming tablet computer market.

The new iPad boasts a more powerful processor, eye-grabbing resolution on par with that of an iPhone 4S, and the ability to connect to the latest 4G LTE telecom networks that move data faster than their predecessors.

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