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A World Snapshot: Poisoned G20 Gift, Mayor Crack Scandal, Eclipse

See the solar eclipse through shades, the Boston Red Sox win the Series, a "poisoned" USB key and other images that have made news in the past seven days.

(cover photo: Imahinasyon

1. Tense Morsi Trial Opens In Cairo

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 Photo: Pan Chaoyue/Xinhua/ZUMA


CAIRO — Supporters of Mohamed Morsi shouted slogans during a protest in Cairo Monday ahead of the opening of the ousted Egyptian president’s Cairo court trial. He faces charges of inciting violence and killing opposition protesters, the official MENA news agency reported.

 

State media later announced that the hearing had been adjourned. According to Reuters, the session was disturbed because the accused — Morsi and 14 other Islamists — started chanting. The judge also allegedly adjourned the proceedings until Morsi wore his prison clothes.


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2. Rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse Seen Across World

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HEBRON — The partial solar eclipse was seen in the West Bank city of Hebron Sunday. The phenomenon was labelled “hybrid” because it shifted from a total to an annular eclipse — which leaves partial sunlight around the Moon — depending on the global location.

 

Skywatchers across parts of Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia could also see the eclipse. The best location to view it was in central Africa, where it was complete and lasted up to a minute.

 

The last time this rare phenomenon occured was Nov. 20, 1854, and the next one won’t happen until Oct. 17, 2172.


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3. Los Angeles Airport Shooting

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A would-be departing passenger leaves Los Angeles Airport after a gunman opened fire there Friday, killing one person. CNN reports that the gunman, who the FBI has identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was carrying anti-government writings. He was reportedly shot by authorities, before being captured.

 

The victim was identified as an employee for the federal air transport agency, Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Eyewitnesses said the suspect asked people, "Hey, are you TSA?" according to a federal law enforcement official. If they said "no," he would move on.

 

Read full coverage at CNN 


4. Toronto Mayor Refuses To Resign Despite Crack-Smoking Video

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has had double bad luck recently. After months of rumors about an alleged video of him smoking crack, police now say they are in possession of the video.

 

And then later, arriving for a high-stakes press conference to respond to the latest report, Ford had to walk through a Halloween-themed doorway. Defiant as ever, Ford declared that he had no intention of resigning. Boo!  Read the full Toronto Star story.

 

Here's a video of Ford erupting at reporters earlier Thursday: 

5. After Marathon Bombing, Boston Celebrates Red Sox World Series Win

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Photo: Red Sox celebration begins after Matt Carpenter strikes out to end the series, Robert Cohen/MCT/ZUMA

 

Six months after a terrorist bomb attack at its iconic Marathon, the city of Boston was celebrating into the early hours Thursday following its Red Sox baseball team’s victory in the World Series with a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, in the sixth game of a best-of-seven series. 

 

For a team that had an 86-year-long dry spell of championships after its 1918 title, it is the third World Series win in 10 years and the eighth in its history. 

 

For more, read this Boston Globe story about the city’s resurgence after the Boston Marathon bombing, and the citywide rejoicing of the baseball triumph.

 

7. Russia's "Poisoned Gift" Of USB Memory Sticks To Spy On G20 World Leaders

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Call it spyware swag. Italian daily La Stampa dubbed it a “poisoned gift” in an article Tuesday reporting that Russia handed out USB memory drives and phone chargers to world leaders and other participants at the St. Petersburg G20 summit in September. The flash drives, though, were equipped to collect data from the users’ computers and smartphones.

 

Returning from the Sept. 5 summit, EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy had given his USB stick and other gadgets offered at the G20 to German services technical experts for analysis. The initial conclusions came back warning that both the USB drive and a USB charger were indeed meant to collect electronic data, and a warning was sent to other participants at the summit, La Stampa reports.

 

The investigation continues to see whether other participants were targeted in the spying effort. It is notable that last month’s summit came amid not only high tensions between Russia and the West over Syria, but also in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to grant temporary asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden after he revealed the NSA’s massive efforts to collect electronic data from both individuals and world leaders.

 

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