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CAIRO (AP) — Clashes erupted Friday as thousands of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood around Egypt held protests marking the passage of 100 days since the start of a bloody crackdown against them in the wake of the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The violence left a 10-year-old boy dead.
Chennai (India) (AFP) - Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen claimed the crown of world chess champion on Friday after drawing a tense 10th game against holder Viswanathan Anand to take an unassailable lead in the 12-round duel. The 22-year-old Carlsen, the current world number one, won three games and drew seven to achieve the victory mark of 6.5 points in a one-sided contest in the Indian's home city of Chennai.
Palaeontologists on Friday announced they had uncovered the remains of one of the greatest land predators ever -- a nine-metre (30-foot) four-tonne dinosaur that stalked the planet 100 million years ago. The newly-discovered species has been called Siats meekerorum, whose first name honours a cannibalistic monster in the mythology of the Native American Ute people. A giant meat-eater, the dino lorded it even over the tyrannosaurs of the time, the scientists said. It would take another 30 million years or so before the eight-tonne Tyrannosaurus rex emerged to take the title of apex killer in present-day North America.
By Alain Iloniaina ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar's government has replaced a third of the country's regional governors with senior military officers, raising concern that a run-off vote in the first presidential election since a coup in 2009 will be rigged. December's ballot pits against each other two aspirants backed by Madagascar's biggest political rivals - coup leader Andry Rajoelina and the man he ousted, Marc Ravalomanana. "We are worried by this decision which comes on the eve of the second round," Mamy Rakotoarivelo, president of the national assembly and a senior figure in the Ravalomanana camp, told Reuters. "We're worried that pressure, direct or indirect, will be put on voters." A government statement issued on Wednesday showed changes to 10 of the Indian Ocean island's 22 regions.
By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's accounting watchdog is scrutinising financial reports from Co-operative Bank but has yet to open a formal investigation, it said on Friday. The move comes after allegations relating to the bank's former chairman Paul Flowers which have increased the pressure on a bank which promotes itself as an ethical alternative to the biggest lenders. "We are making enquiries into the Co-op's financial reporting in accordance with our normal procedures... and if we commence a formal investigation we will announce that via a press announcement," the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said in a statement. The bank has been audited by KPMG, one of the world's "Big Four" accountancy firms.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of child soldiers in Central African Republic has more than doubled to as many as 6,000 in recent months as self-defence militia have sprung up to counter waves of attacks by former rebels, the United Nations said on Friday. World powers, led by France, are scrambling to contain a crisis that Paris and U.N. officials have warned could lead to genocide in Central African Republic, which slipped into chaos after rebels ousted the president in March. UNICEF, the U.N.'s children's agency, warned of a complex crisis that has seen local communities set up self-defence groups to halt abuses by the northern, mainly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance that swept to power. We can estimate this number at between 5,000 (and) 6,000 ... with the armed groups," Souleymane Diabate, UNICEF's resident representative in Central African Republic, told a briefing in Geneva.
A Chinese investor could be preparing to buy a stake in AS Roma, Italian media reported on Friday, sending the Serie A club's shares up two percent on the stock exchange. American businessman James Pallotta currently holds the majority share (69 percent) in the club, with Italian bank UniCredit owning a 31 percent stake. It has long been known that UniCredit would be willing to offload its share in the club, but reports on Friday said Pallotta would also be willing to sell part of his 69 percent stake to potential newcomers. A report on Thursday in Sole 24 Ore newspaper said tycoon Wang Jianlin, president of the Dalian Wanda Group which is considered the biggest property developer in China, could be the club's newest business partner.