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Worldwide Hippies News Briefs Wednesday N.Korea military, uncle to share power with Kim heir BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un, who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after World War Two. The source declined to be identified but has correctly predicted events in the past, telling Reuters about the North’s first nuclear test in 2006 before it took place. The comments are the first signal that North Korea is following a course that many analysts have anticipated — it will be governed by a group of people for the first time since it was founded in 1948.
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Protesters 'Deserve to Be Thrown Into Hitler's Ovens,' Egyptian Military Adviser Says Video posted online by Egyptian activists appeared to offer clear evidence that flaming Molotov cocktails were hurled at protesters from the top of a building controlled by soldiers on Saturday. As my colleague David Kirkpatrick reports, a general from Egypt’s ruling military council insisted on Monday that soldiers had not used force against peaceful protesters after a weekend of such attacks that were “witnessed by journalists, captured on video and broadcast across the Internet and on satellite television.” But a still more baffling statement was made by a retired general who now serves as an adviser to the military government’s public relations department. In comments published by the Egyptian newspaper Al Shorouk on Monday, the adviser, Gen. Abdel Moneim Kato, said that the protesters who came under attack by soldiers were delinquents “who deserve to be thrown into Hitler’s ovens.”
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PM - Couple find 250 million year old fossil on Tas beach 19/12/2011 TIM PALMER: A Tasmanian couple on a quiet walk down to the beach have discovered a fossil that scientists say is 250 million years old. The fossilised remains belong to a Dicynodont, a tusked plant-eating animal that's believed to be a distant ancestor of modern mammals and never found so far south in Australia. Felicity Ogilvie reports from Hobart. FELICITY OGILVIE: Hobart couple Bob and Penny Tyson were staying on the Tasmanian peninsula a few years ago when Mr Tyson decided to go down to the beach for a walk. The couple like looking for fossils. But they never thought they'd find anything like the 250 million year remains that were embedded in the rocks at the beach.
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