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Shark attacks in Egypt continue

A German woman, who was snorkeling in waters near Sharm el-Sheikh, died Sunday after being attacked by a shark.

She is the fifth shark attack victim since Nov. 30 in the Red Sea resort area. Three Russians and a Ukrainian were also severly injured.

According to CNN, tourists, who are attracted to the area for the warm weather and clear waters, are being warned to stay alert.

There are a few explanations for the series of attacks being offered by shark experts and local observers, the BBC reported.

Some say overfishing in the Red Sea caused sharks to move closer to shore, while others believe sacrificial sheep and cattle carcasses dumped into the water may be the culprit.

Iranian scientist killed, another injured

An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed and another injured in separate car bombs Monday in Tehran, the capital of Iran.

Assailants on motorcycles attached magnetized bombs to each car as they were driving to work. They exploded seconds later.

Majid Shahriari, the scientist killed, was apart of the nuclear engineering program at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, the BBC reported.

The wounded scientist, Fereydoon Abbasi, was reported in Iranian media as one of the country's few specialists who can separate isotopes.

According to Yahoo News Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Western governments are involved in the assassination, including Israel.

NATO and Afghanistan sign pact

International forces will stay in Afghanistan even after 2014 after NATO and the Afghan government came to an agreement Saturday.

Security leadership will be transfered into afghanistan starting next year in hopes that by 2014 Afghans will take the lead.

According to the BBC Nato is in it for the long-run and will stay even after 2014 to help with the transition and offer support.

The goal is to train police, soldiers, and create a government, economy and infrastructure within Afghanistan, CNN reported.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's secretary-general signed the pact in Lisbon in front on reporters at the NATO summit.

MTV European music awards taken by North America

North American artists dominated the MTV European Music Awards Sunday night snagging awards in top categories.

Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives hosted the show in Madrid where U.K. artists like Muse, Plan B, and Alexandra Burke were left in the dust.

American pop artist and performer Lady Gaga, who accepted her awards via satellite, bagged three wins including female artist of the year, best pop act and best song for "Bad Romance," according to the Star Tribune.

Newlywed Katy Perry won best video for "California Gurls," and Canadian Justin Bieber snagged the best male artist and best male push act, the BBC reported.

While European artists lost in the main categories, they won awards in smaller areas like best UK and Ireland act, which went to Marina and the Diamonds.


New gay list published in Uganda

A list of 10 gay and lesbian people in Uganda was published encouraging citizens of the African country to report them to the police.

The tabloid, Rolling Stones, which has no relation to American Magazine, published names, addresses, and photos of each person next to a banner that said "hang them."

At least four people have been attacked since the magazine published its first list that included the top 100 names, the BBC reported.

The editor of the magazine, Giles Muhame, 22, said he only wants the homosexuals to be reported to the police, but not attacked.

According to CNN a bill is currently going through the Ugandan government that would make homosexuality illegal and punishable by death.

North Korea fires into South Korea, officials say

Gunfire was exchanged on the North Korean and South Korean border Friday, South Korean officials said.

North Korea troops fired two rounds near the town Chorwon, before South Korea returned with three "warning shots" and a message to desist by loudspeaker.

According to CNN there were no causalities. Also, it is unclear if the initial shots were deliberate, officials said.

The Korean borders are the most reinforced in the world, the BBC reported. They have thousands of troops stationed on both sides.

Saudi Prince sentenced to life

A Saudi Prince was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday by a British court for killing his servant.

Prince Saud Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Saud, 34, has to spend at least 20 years in jail, an official said. It will be served in a British prison for now.

According to the BBC, the servant, Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, suffered many attacks before his murder by Al Saud in their master-servant relationship.

Abdaulaziz was found dead, beaten and strangled in a hotel elevator on Feb. 15, 2010. CNN reported that the prosecutors said the attack had a "sexual element" to it.

British aid worker killed during rescue

A British aid worker may have been killed by a U.S. grenade Friday during a rescue attempt.

An investigation is under way to understand how Linda Norgrove, who was kidnapped two weeks ago in Kunar, was killed.

According to the New York Times NATO first reported that Norgrove was killed by her captors Friday night, but on Monday British prime minister David Cameron told reporters that a grenade from her rescuers may have been the culprit.

Cameron announced a British coroner will examine Norgrove's body, but said that the investigation should be a joint effort between the U.S. and the U.K., the BBC reported.

IVF pioneer wins nobel prize for medicine

The Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded Monday to the "father of the test tube baby."

Robert G. Edwards, a British professor based at Cambridge University in England, won the Nobel Prize for his contribution to in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

According to CNN, about four million babies have been born following IVF since the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, now 32, was born on July 25, 1978.

Edwards' research has made it possible to treat infertility, which affect about 10 percent of the world's population, despite originally facing opposition from churches, governments, and other scientific colleagues, the BBC reported.

The probability of conceiving with IVF today is one in five, the same as couples trying to conceive naturally.

Homes buried in Mexico landslide; people killed

At least seven people are dead after a landslide early Tuesday in southern Mexico.

Heavy, early morning rains caused a landslide just above the town Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. According to the BBC Oaxaca's governor stated that between 100 and 300 hundred homes were buried.

It was difficult to reach the area because of blocked roads and unstable ground limited rescue efforts using heavy machinery, Reuters reported.

It has been the worst rainy season that many parts of Mexico have ever dealt with.

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