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Romney would be one of richest-ever presidents with $250 million fortune

Mitt Romney will become one of the richest ever occupants of the White House if he wins the presidential election, after his campaign confirmed he was worth up to $250 million.

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The records also show that Mitt Romney sold off much of his overseas investments in the last year, including controversial holdings in the Chinese-owned companies Hang Lung and Komatsu
The Republican candidate disclosed his net worth, around £163 million, in a financial declaration to the Federal Election Commission which provided new details of his personal fortune.

A campaign spokesman said the former Massachusetts Governor and his wife Ann had assets of between $190 million and $250 million. Experts claimed analysis of his holdings suggested his wealth was closer to the upper figure.

The family has another $100 million (£65 million) in a separate trust for Mr Romney's five sons.

The candidate's exact net worth had been unclear until now, although it had been estimated in the $200 million to $250 million range after he disclosed that in 2010 he had paid taxes of $3 million (£1.9 million) on income of $21.7 million (£14 million). Because most of his wealth derived from capital gains, he was able to pay tax at a far lower rate than most Americans.

The records also show that Mr Romney sold off much of his overseas investments in the last year, including controversial holdings in the Chinese-owned companies Hang Lung and Komatsu, which have been criticised for doing business with Iran, and British Sky Broadcasting.

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Woman Arrested For Public Masturbation

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For over half an hour last Sunday night, drivers on Highway 484 in Ocala, Florida watched Ashley Holton masturbate on the side of the road. They pulled illegal U-turns to watch and honked, only encouraging her. She was arrested once deputies arrived.

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Angry Egyptian protesters gather in Tahrir Square for 2nd day


Egyptian protesters gather at Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand a tougher verdict on former dictator Hosni Mubarak, June 2, 2012.
Angry Egyptian demonstrators have gathered in Tahrir Square in the capital, Cairo, for the second day to protest at former dictator Hosni Mubarak's 'lenient' life term.

Chanting slogans during the Sunday morning protests, the demonstrators demanded the execution of the former ruler for his complicity in the killings of at least 900 anti-regime protesters during the country's historic revolution in February 2011.

In a final verdict by a Cairo court on Saturday, a life term was handed down to Mubarak and his Interior Minister Habib al-Adli.

However, six top police commanders were acquitted of the same charge due to what the judge described as 'lack of concrete evidence.'

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Thousands stage mass rally in Montreal as tuition fee talks fail


Demonstrators march to protest planned tuition hikes and an anti-protest law in Montreal, June 2, 2012.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Montreal in Canada to protest against a planned tuition fee hike after talks between student groups and Quebec government officials collapsed.

The mass rally, organized by the CLASSE student association, was held on Saturday as thousands of student protesters and their supporters convened at the base of Mount Royal near McGill University in Montreal.

The protest was the first since the latest tuition negotiations with Quebec Premier Jean Charest's government broke down Thursday.

CLASSE said some 10,000 people were marching by Saturday late afternoon in the biggest protest since the start of the tuition crisis in February.


Thousands of Israelis protest against social injustice

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Israelis chant slogans during a protest calling for social justice (for themselves, not Palestinians), in Jerusalem on June 2, 2012.
Thousands of Israelis have participated in demonstrations in several cities in protest against social injustice and the high costs of living.

About 5,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday night to express their anger against the policies of the Israeli regime that prompt social inequalities.

Hundreds of people also protested in al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Haifa, renewing their calls for social justice.

The protesters demanded the improvement of social services and infrastructure, a decrease in the costs of living and an increase in the taxation on those with high incomes.

The organizers said in a statement that "our renewed call stems from grief and anger -- we've been fighting for a whole year, with the complete support of most of the Israelis."

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Cargo plane crashes into bus in Ghanaian capital

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The wreckage of a Boeing 727 cargo plane which hit a bus full of passengers while trying to land at the airport in Accra, Ghana.
A spokesman for Ghana's fire service says at least 10 people died when a cargo plane crashed in the country's capital, Accra.

Bill Anaglate said the number of dead could rise. Anaglate said all the dead were in cars that the plane crushed when it failed to take off from Kotoka International airport on Saturday night.

The crash happened just outside the airport, which is near newly built high-rise buildings, hotels and the country's defence ministry. Witnesses said the plane first smashed through the fence that runs around the airport before hitting a bus and cars.

Police and soldiers quickly cordoned off the neighbourhood where the plane crashed. The area is near to El-Wak sports stadium and Hajj Village, where Muslims in the country stay before they journey to Mecca.


MPs from Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn arrested over racist attack

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Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, led by the fuhr-ious Nikos Michaloliakos, won 21 seats in last month’s election.
Two newly elected MPs from the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party were among six people arrested over an attack on a Pakistani man in Athens, in the latest in a series of incidents that have raised fears that Greece's immigrants are being targeted in the runup to this month's crucial elections.

Ilias Panagiotaros and Ioannis Vouldis were briefly held alongside the daughter of Nikos Michaloliakos, Golden Dawn's leader, but were later released.

According to police, the attack took place late on Friday when a group involved in a protest turned on a 31-year-old Pakistani bypasser.

Golden Dawn confirmed two of its MPs had been held, but denied they took part in the attack. "[They] could not have been involved because they were miles away," it said in a statement.


Shoot-out at Toronto shopping mall, 1 Dead, 2 injured

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Police cordon off the Eaton Centre in Toronto, Canada, after a deadly shooting spree.
A gunman has escaped after killing a man and wounding five others at Toronto's Eaton Centre, one of Canada's busiest shopping malls.

Police said two people were in a critical condition. They included a 13-year old boy, while the man killed was 25. Several people were trampled and pushed in the panic, including a pregnant woman who went into labour.

Witnesses said multiple shots were fired in the mall's food court and hundreds of panicked shoppers sprinted for the exits. The mall, which is popular with tourists, was evacuated. People watched from outside as an injured man with visible bullet wounds was wheeled out on a stretcher.

The Toronto Blue Jays baseball player Brett Lawrie tweeted that he sprinted out of the mall after hearing the shots. "People sprinting up the stairs right from where we just were."


Psychopathy alert! Montreal sadistic killer search continues amid report he was spotted at Paris bar

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Luka Magnotta in front of the Eiffel Tower in 2010. French police appear convinced that Magnotta is in their midst.
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MONTREAL - A Paris hotel manager told the Montreal Gazette on Saturday that his neighbour, the manager of a bar and restaurant, confirmed to police that Montreal fugitive and suspected killer Luka Rocco Magnotta had a drink at his bar on Thursday.

Sbyibi el Bachir, manager of Hotel Studio des Batignolles in the 17th arrondissement in Paris, said in an interview that Dominique Massonneau, manager of Le Petit Batignolles, told him on Saturday that Magnotta stopped by his moderately-priced cafe - and that Massonneau had reported it to police.

The information could not be independently verified immediately.


Hamburg Warzone: 700 Arrested as Leftists Clash with Neo-Nazis

Violent clashes have broken out in Germany between the supporters and opponents of the neo-Nazi movement. Hamburg police have detained over 700 people after the demonstrators started throwing projectiles, injuring several officers.

­A group of anti-Nazi demonstrators have clashed with far-right activists marching in the city's Wandsbek district. The leftists erected barricades of trash bins and set them ablaze to stop their rivals from passing.

After the police used water cannons to extinguish the flames, protesters attacked officers and the far-right demonstrators with pyrotechnics, bottles and stones. At least eight officers have been injured by the projectiles, thelocal.de reports.

The police put around 700 demonstrators into custody.