Main News of February 10


* NASA’s Curiosity rover has become the first spacecraft ever to drill into a Martian rock and collect stone powder samples for further study, NASA said on its website

*A 24-year-old British man has been arrested in connection with a Facebook threat to kill 200 people, Sky News reported

* German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan announced her resignation on Saturday following a plagiarism scandal, Spiegel Online reported

* A probe is underway to find out how a 12-year-old boy managed to sneak into the international departures zone of the Brussels airport and board a plane to Spain without a ticket, Belgium’s RTBF broadcaster said

* The hotfire engine test of the new US Antares medium-class rocket is scheduled for February 12, the Universe Today portal said

* The widow of assassinated opposition leader‮‮‮‮‮ِ‬‬‬‬‬ Chokri Belaid has asked the Tunisian government to provide her family with official protection, the local media reported

* Egyptian ex-presidential candidate and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq predicted a quick collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt, the Arab Dunya al-Watan website reported 

* One policeman was killed and 59 others were injured during several days of clashes, which broke out in the North African country after the assassination of opposition leader Shokri Belaid, Al Arabiya satellite TV channel reported

* Armenian presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan, who was shot in the shoulder on January 31, has appealed to the country’s Constitutional Court with a request to postpone the election by two weeks

* Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has called Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and his supporters for talks on Monday regarding “constitutional changes” amid the growing political crisis in the country

* Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki’s secular party withdrew its three ministers from the Islamist-led government on Sunday, saying its demands for the cabinet reshuffle have not been met

* The UN and Arab League’s envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, met with Syrian opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib in Cairo on Sunday to discuss his offer to talk with the Syrian government, Al Mayadeen TV has reported

* Five crew members were killed and three others injured after a lifeboat fell from a cruise ship in Spain’s Canary Islands, local media reported

* More than 20 people were killed and dozens others injured at a train station in north India where pilgrims gathered for a religious festival, Indian TV channels reported

* Three North Korean doctors were killed by suspected Islamists in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state, local authorities said

* A helicopter crashed outside Los Angeles, California, during a reality TV shoot, killing three, TV reports said


* The US Magnitsky Act, which introduces sanctions for Russian officials deemed to have violated human rights, is a demonstrative step replacing the outdated Jackson-Vanik amendment, Russia’s foreign minister said on

*A group of six tourists has been buried by an avalanche in northwestern Russia’s Murmansk Region, the Russian emergencies ministry said

* A Russian man, who was kidnapped in Syria last December and released earlier this week, returned home on Sunday, a district administration official said

* Six people died in a gas explosion and fire at a construction site in the northern Russian Republic of Komi, the Russian emergencies ministry said

* A fox dragged a one-month-old baby from his cot in London and tore off the child’s finger, Sky News reported



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