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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."

Arrow Down

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.

Bizarro Earth

While the World Burns: Bieber Fever Sweeps Norway, Police Threaten State of Emergency

Justin Bieber
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Justin Bieber waves to fans in Oslo.
Nearly overwhelmed by the masses of Justin Bieber fans who gathered in Oslo for a free performance the teen mega-star gave Wednesday night, Norwegian police reportedly threatened a state of emergency and appealed to the singer for help in controlling his followers.

According to the gossip website TMZ.com, tens of thousands of Bieber's fans traveled across Europe and descended on Oslo. The 18-year-old singer was scheduled to perform four new songs at the Oslo Opera House as part of his "Justin Bieber Believe: All Around the World" television special that airs June 21 on NBC.

But the massive fan presence taxed local police efforts and cast doubt on whether the performance could go forward.

Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, detailed the situation on Twitter: "The streets are filled ... the bridges are closed. It is out of control. We may have to start the show early or they will cancel. #bieberfever"

"To have this much pressure and this much attention on this one single guy, I think that's pretty unprecedented," Jennifer Peros of Us Weekly magazine told Good Morning America.


5 bodies found burned inside SUV in Arizona desert

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This image provided Saturday by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, shows the vehicle where five dead bodies found burned inside in Pinal County's Vekol Valley area, west of Casa Grande, Ariz.
Five bodies burned beyond recognition in a charred vehicle discovered in the southern Arizona desert appear to be victims of drug-smuggling violence, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Saturday.

Deputies are searching for suspects in the killings just west of Casa Grande, in desolate Vekol Valley between Phoenix and Tucson, NBC Station KVOA of Tucson reported.

Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, a border patrol agent saw a Ford Expedition pulled over on Interstate 8, Babeu said. The vehicle had gone airborne off the interstate, he said. When the agent approached the SUV, the driver took off.

The smoldering Expedition was found about 8:30 a.m. Four bodies were found in the cargo area and one was in the backseat, Babeu said. None were in the driver or passenger seats, he said.


Mom arrested after leaving baby on car roof and driving off

A 19-year-old Arizona mother who police say left her 5-week-old baby strapped in a car seat atop her car roof and drove off is under arrest on child abuse and aggravated DUI charges, Phoenix-area media reported Saturday.

The child, found in the middle of the road, was "perfectly OK," said Officer James Holmes, Phoenix police spokesman, told The Arizona Republic.

The car seat was damaged, Holmes told TV station KTVK.

The baby is in the custody of Arizona Child Protective Services, officials said.

At about 1 a.m. Saturday, police got calls from the area near North 45th Avenue and West Cholla Street in northwest Phoenix that a baby was in a car seat in the middle of a road, The Arizona Republic reported.