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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:00

World news in brief

Three miners killed by falling cable

POLAND: Three miners were killed and one injured today when a loose electric cable fell on them as they were working in one the mine's shafts.

The miners were installing a lift cable 350 yards underground at the Myslowice-Wesola coal mine when it fell on them.

Three were killed on the spot and the fourth was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Hindus clash with police

INDIA: Hundreds of Hindu chauvinists clashed with police outside parliament today after a religious march at a site at the heart of deadly sectarian clashes with Muslims was banned.

Police used water cannon and bamboo batons to disperse 500 supporters of the World Hindu Council as they broke security barriers near parliament.

Muslims and Hindus both attach significance to the holy site.

Former rebels get army commissions

NEPAL: Officials said today that 70 former rebel combatants have graduated from the country's military academy to become senior officers in the national army.

The 66 men and four women were given the rank of lieutenant by interim government head Khilraj Regmi at a ceremony at the military academy in Katmandu.

State oil chief faces probe

CHINA: A vice-president of state-owned oil company CNPC is under investigation on suspicion of "severe violations of discipline," the government said today.

The investigation of Wang Yongchun marked the second time this month that an executive of a major government company has been the target of such a probe.

Porn execution off

IRAN: A man convicted of building and promoting pornographic websites has had his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment, his lawyer said today.

Saeed Malekpour was arrested in 2008 and confessed to the crimes.

Nuclear commander gets the sack

US: The commander of a nuclear weapons unit in Montana was forced into retirement on Sunday after failing a safety and security inspection.

Airforce top brass said they'd lost confidence in Colonel David Lynch.

The Malmstrom Air Force is home to the 341st Missile Wing, which operates intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles.

This is the second time in recent months that an airforce nuclear commander has been replaced following a security problem.

Dutch give shale gas green light

NETHERLANDS: The Dutch government claimed today that extracting the country's shale gas reserves can be done safely.

Economic Affairs minister Henk Kamp said that a study by engineering group Witteveen & Bos found current safety and environmental laws were sufficient to cover any risks in fracking.

A 2011 attempt at test drilling in the eastern city of Boxtel foundered over legal challenges and local opposition.

Government bans 'shark finning'

INDIA: The government banned hunting sharks for only their fins today to protect endangered species.

The practice of shark "finning," or slicing off a shark's fins and throwing it back to die slowly on the ocean floor, has exploded worldwide thanks to demand from China, where shark fin soup is considered a delicacy.

The Environment Ministry said fishermen found with detached fins now face up to seven years in prison.

Teen flies off in wheel well

NIGERIA: A teenage boy dashed across an airport runway on Saturday, hiding in the wheel well of a jet and surviving a 35-minute flight, aviation authorities have revealed.

Passengers and crew told the pilots they'd seen a boy running to the plane as it was taxiing for take-off, but the pilots decided to go ahead with the flight from Benin City.

The boy was arrested when the plane landed in Lagos.

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