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Prince Charles' car attacked during student protest

Prince Charles' car was attacked Thursday in London during student protests about college tuition increases.

The prince and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were unharmed as the car had paint thrown at it on Regent Street, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The attack left the Duchess of Cornwall shaken, according to The Telegraph.

A car window was also cracked as the couple was traveling to the Palladium Theatre, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

British Parliament recently voted to allow universities to triple students' tuition fees, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Russian Jet Makes Emergency Landing, Skids off Runway

A passenger jet skidded off the runway after making an emergency landing at Moscow airport because of engine failure.

The Dagestan Airlines plane skidded off the snowy runway at Domodedovo Airport, according to The Guardian.

The plane slammed into buildings after skidding off the runway, and it killed two people while injuring 83, according to National Public Radio.

Sergei Izvolsky, a federal aviation agency spokesman, said the cause of the engine failure is unknown, according to NPR.

A Royal Engagement Announced

Great Britain's Prince William announced his engagement Tuesday to Kate Middleton.

The prince asked Middleton's father for permission to wed his daughter, and proposed last month while they were on vacation in Kenya, according to The Guardian.

The prince said, "I had been planning it for a while. It really felt right in Africa. I had done some planning to show my romantic side," according to the USA Today.

The couple met in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews in 2001, and they have been dating for eight years, according to USA Today.

Prince William gave Middleton Princess Diana's blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring because his future wife is as important to him as the ring, according to USA Today.

Fire Kills Animals at a German Zoo

A fire at a German zoo killed 26 animals Friday night.

The fire destroyed the petting zoo, which included many wooden buildings that housed Shetland ponies, sheep, goats and a llama, according to the BBC.

Zookeepers had to lead elephants, flamingos and a hippopotamuses to safety because the fire was blazing over the animals' heads, according to Deutsche Welle.

Gisela von Hegel, director of the zoo, said that there was no possibility of rescuing the petting-zoo animals because the roof had already collapsed, according to the BBC.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is being investigated, according to Deutsche Welle.

Yemen Bomb was 17 Minutes From Exploding

One of two bombs intercepted from Yemen last week was disarmed 17 minutes before it was due to explode, the French interior minister said Thursday.

French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said to France-2 television that one of two bombs sent via air freight was 17 minutes away from detonation, according to the BBC.

However, Hortefeux did not reveal the source for the information, according to the BBC.

The White House said it could not confirm this information either, according to the Star Tribune. Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, said that the explosion time of the bombs is still under investigation.

A bomb was also found in Britain last week, but British officials could not confirm the detonation time of the bomb, according to the Star Tribune.

Investigators have focused on the al-Qaida group in the Arabian Peninsula that said it was behind the parcel bomb plot, according to the BBC.

US Looks for More Terrorist Explosives Abroad

Authorities discovered two packages containing explosives Friday in Britain and Dubai, which were terrorist attacks aimed at the United States.

Preliminary tests indicated that the packages, which were found on cargo planes in Britain and Dubai, contained PETN, according to the Star Tribune. PETN is an industrial explosive that was also used on Dec. 25 when a Nigerian man attempted to blow up an airliner in Detroit.

President Obama said, "The events of the past 24 hours underscores the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism," according to the New York Times.

Cargo planes were being searched along the East Coast, according to the Star Tribune. However, no other packages have been discovered.

Government officials do not want to assume that all plots were discovered and disrupted, according to the Star Tribune.

Gunmen Killed 13 People at a Party in Mexico

Gunmen stormed a birthday party in Mexico, and killed thirteen people.

The gunmen killed people at a 14-year-old's birthday party who ranged in age from 13 to 32 and a dozen were wounded, according to the Washington Post.

State Attorney General Carlos Salas said that the attackers escaped the scene where 70 bullet casings were found, according to the Washington Post. Salas did not comment about the motive of the killings.

Ciudad Juárez is one of the most violent cities in the world, even after the Mexican government started cracking down on drug cartels four years ago, according to the New York Times.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón said via a Twitter message, "With sadness and profound indignation, the federal government expresses its most energetic repudiation of the murder of various young people in Ciudad Juárez," according to the New York Times.

Russia Will Build Nuclear Power Plant in Venezuela

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced Friday that Russia plans to build a nuclear power plant in Venezuela, which is the first of its kind.

Medvedev and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez signed an agreement for the nuclear power plant and for Russia to invest $1.6 billion in Venezuela's oil industry, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Venezuela has a lot of energy from oil and natural gas, which raises concerns amongst other countries, including the United States, according to the New York Times.

"The president said there will countries in which this will provoke different emotions, but I want to say specially that our intentions are absolutely pure and open," Medvedev said in the New York Times.

Hungarian Toxic Sludge Reaches Danube River

The toxic Hungarian sludge entered the Danube River Thursday as a result of bursting through a metal plant retaining wall on Monday.

Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, said to the BBC that this event is an ecological tragedy.

The toxic sludge burst through the wall of a metal plant in Western Hungary on Monday, which killed four people and injured over 150 people, according to Reuters.

Fears are growing that the sludge could poison the river, according to the BBC.

The alkalinity levels of the sludge entering the Danube are low, according to the BBC, but that does not mean the battle has been won.

The Danube River is the second largest European river.

United States counterterrorism officials announced Friday that Osama bin Laden might have helped plan the most recent terror plot against European cities.

Counterterrorism officials believe that bin Laden and other top al-Qaida officials were involved in the planning of terrorism plots against cities in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, according to the Star Tribune.

The BBC said that the role that top al-Qaida leaders played in the terror plot is still unknown.

Top al-Qaida leaders are the only ones allowed to see bin Laden, which has led counterterrorism officials to believe that bin Laden's plan was delivered by one of his top commanders, according to the Star Tribune.

The BBC reported that the plot was to seize and murder hostages in major European cities.

For more information on the al-Qaida terror plot, please read the BBC's article here.

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