Saturday, March 31, 2012

World News Briefs -- March 31, 2012

Kansas, Illinois, Maryland Tickets Share $640 Million Lottery Jackpot -- L.A. Times/AP

Lottery ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland each selected the winning numbers for the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials said early Saturday.

Illinois' winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis, and the winner used a quick pick to select the numbers, Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang said. The Maryland Lottery said it sold a winning ticket at a retail store in Baltimore County.

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Syria activists lose hope that they will unseat Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. tightens oil sanctions on Iran.

Clinton: Time running out for diplomacy with Iran.

Clashes in Yemen leave 30 dead. Clashes between Yemeni army, militants kill 30.

Pipeline attacked after Yemen drone strike. Turkish prosecutors seek jail for 364 officers.

Gaza man killed by soldiers as thousands protest Israel policy.


Triple bomb attack kills 10 in Thailand.

Over 100,000 people displaced by fighting in north-west Pakistan – UN agency.

China arrests six over coup rumours.

Sino-Russian naval drill in Yellow Sea to send warning to US.

Myanmar prepares to vote with Aung San Suu Kyi poised for win.


Tuareg rebels enter key Malian town. Rebels, Malian army fighting in Gao.

Somali Islamists 'lose Deynile airport' near Mogadishu.

Sudan governor to troops: 'Take no prisoners'.

8,000 Libyans enlist to protect borders, oil.

Tribal clashes in Libya's Sabha kill 16.


Far-right groups rally in Denmark against Islamic extremism.

Hungary’s Schmitt won’t quit over plagarism.

US complains to Russia about harassment of Ambassador McFau.

Poles talk about CIA prison, breaking silence.

Gas flare at oil platform 'extinguishes itself'.


At least three winners in record $640 million U.S. lottery.

Argentina's Carlos Menem faces bombing trial.

18 dead in Honduran prison fire amid inmate riot.

Bail denied for Canadian navy officer accused of espionage.


Al-Qaeda 'plotting another 9/11’ from Afghanistan.

Documents show debate over handling of 9/11 remains.

Militant who targeted Australian nuclear plant held in France.


Nouveaux riches: Billionaire 100 club’s new members.

Murdoch empire faces new scandal, potentially far more damaging.

Exclusive: Soros' son strikes out on his own.

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