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Infamous Japan 'Cove' Town Plans Dolphin Park

The dolphin-hunting Japanese town of Taiji, made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove", plans to open a marine mammal park where visitors can swim with the creatures, a media report said.

The town intends to section off part of the cove and turns it into a place where people can swim and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins, Jiji Press news agency reported, calling it "a marine safari park."

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Four Police Shot Dead in Algeria's Kabylie Region

Gunmen in Algeria's restive Kabylie region on Monday shot dead four policemen, less than two weeks ahead of legislative polls, a security official said.

The four were patrolling on the outskirts of Mekla town when another vehicle approached. The attackers "opened fire with Kalashnikov rifles and left them no chance to fire back. Two were killed and two were seriously wounded", the official said on condition of anonymity.

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Man Stabbed at Sydney Airport

Australian police Tuesday arrested a man over the alleged stabbing of a chauffeur in front of shocked passengers at Sydney airport in a carjacking gone wrong.

Detectives said it appeared the culprit, in his 20s, stole a rental car but was forced to abandon it after he crashed into a mini-bus outside the arrivals area at the domestic terminal on Monday evening.

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Bin Laden Warned of 'Disaster after Disaster' for al-Qaida

Osama bin Laden bemoaned "disaster after disaster" inflicted by U.S. drone strikes on al-Qaida before he was killed and even mulled changing his terror group's name, a top U.S. official said Monday.

President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan said al-Qaida was losing "badly" under a huge U.S. assault, was a "shadow" of its former self and that its core leadership would soon be "no longer relevant."

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China, U.S. Face Damaging Fallout from Activist's Flight

The escape of a Chinese activist championed by Washington and now said to be under U.S. protection is hugely embarrassing for Beijing and comes at the worst possible time ahead of U.S.-China talks, analysts say.

Both countries have maintained absolute silence on the whereabouts of 40-year-old blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng since his audacious flight from house arrest eight days ago, underscoring the extreme sensitivity of his case.

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Vienna Police Say No Signs of Violence on Ghanem's Body

Former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem died by drowning but there was no sign of another party being involved "so far", Vienna police said Monday, a day after Ghanem was found dead in the Danube.

"The death was by drowning... no signs of involvement by another party have been detected so far," police spokesman Roman Hahslinger told journalists, citing preliminary autopsy results.

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Microsoft Invests $300 Million in New Barnes & Noble Unit

U.S. computer giant Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary to combine the bookseller's digital reading capabilities, including its Nook tablet, and its college businesses.

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Syrian Judge Releases Activist Yara Shammas on Bail

Syrian anti-regime activist Yara Shammas, who faces the death penalty for "belonging to a secret organization," was bailed on Monday pending trial, said the director of the Syrian Center for Legal Studies and Research.

The judiciary, either "will issue a decision regarding the charges against her and she will be tried before the Criminal Court, or it will issue a declaration of her innocence and drop the charges," said Anwar Bunni, a human rights lawyer.

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5 Killed in Suicide Blast in Northeast Nigeria

Two motorcycle-riding suicide bombers drove into a convoy carrying a top police official in northeast Nigeria on Monday, detonating their explosives and killing at least five people, authorities said.

The attack targeted police commissioner Mamman Sule who was being driven in a convoy toward his offices, near the governor's office in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba state, said police spokesman Ibiang Mbaseki. The bombers missed injuring Sule, but the explosives caused massive damage at a roadside market and blew out the glass windows of the nearby state Ministry of Finance building, witnesses said.

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Egypt Presidential Campaign Begins Ahead of May 23-24 Vote

Campaigning for Egypt's presidential election next month officially began on Monday, with Islamists and liberal secularists expected to dominate.

Official campaigning, during which candidates can display their posters in public and broadcast their messages on television, will last until May 21, 48 hours before polls open for the first round of voting, on May 23 and 24.

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