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Kazakh man tries to hijack plan; divert to Libya

Cabin crew on an Alitalia flight overpowered a 48-year-old man who attempted to hijack the plane, according to Herald Sun.

Valeriy Tolmashev, from Kazakhstan, held a nail file to an air hostess' neck demanding the plane be diverted to Tripoli, Libya, USA Today said.

All 131 passengers aboard the flight were safe upon arrival into Rome on Sunday evening, Alitalia said in USA Today.

Tolmashev's motives are not known, according to Italian investigators. He had no known links with international terrorism, Herald Sun said, and a lack of a police record.

Yemen women protest against degrading comments by Saleh

In a brief speech to followers on Friday in Yemen, President Saleh requested men and women to stop mingling with those of no direct relation, in order to keep with cultural norms, Voice Of America News said.

Originally advised to stay at home, women continue to go against Islamic law after the verbal attack and degrading by their ruler, according to CNN International.

Saleh met with women leaders to explain the misunderstanding of the "encouragement, care, and support provided by the president to women in the country," CNN International said.

Mohammad Sabri commented on the lack of respect by the regime for the rights of expression. It appears that they want women to be lead by men at all times, according to CNN International.

Twelve elementary children shot in Rio de Janeiro

A 23-year-old male killed 12 children in the halls of an elementary school on Thursday morning in Rio de Janeiro, reported Detroit Free Press.

Children and families mourned while watching 11 of 12 burials on Friday at a cemetery overlooking the school where the shootings took place, reported The New York Times.

The shooter, Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, was carrying two revolvers that fired off 66 shots before he turned it to himself and fired after police confronted him, reported Detroit Free Press.

Pleas for more gun control in Brazil and concerns of heavy arms sales escalated after revealing one of the guns was sold illegally to Oliveira following the shooting, reported The New York Times.

Radioactive water leaking into ocean in Japan

Japanese safety officials said Saturday that Reactor No. 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has developed a leak that releases highly radioactive water directly into the sea, reported New York Times.

The efforts to regain control of the reactors have continued since a tsunami hit the country on March 11. The strategy is to "cool the reactors and spent fuel storage pools by pumping hundreds of tons of water a day into them," reported New York Times.

On Saturday, attempts to fill the crack with concrete to plug the radiation leak are bring made by Tokyo Electric Power Co., reported The Japan Times.

The seawater is nearly twice the legal limit for radioactive iodine. There is no "immediate" danger to the public, because the material has dispersed, reported The Japan Times.

Muammar Gaddafi's troops withdraw from Ajdabiya

Rebels challenging Muammar Gaddafi's forced troops to retreat on Saturday morning marking the first significant advancement and a change in the dynamics of the battle for control, reported New York Times.

Air strikes allowed rebel fighters to gain entrance to the city on the eastern front after American and European air strikes began a week ago, The Independent reported.

Homes were badly damaged with wreckage in the city streets and visually what was left defined an intense battle was fought, reported Star Tribune.

The horrific scenes cause Western leaders to debate the ability of the military to protect Libyan civilians and remove Colonel Gaddafi from power, reported Star Tribune.

Numbers escalate in Japan

A tsunami ripped apart northeastern Japan Friday and bodies are still floating to shore with the tide, reported San Francisco Chronicle.

Survivors are devastated by Friday's disaster and a Japanese news agency reported that 2,000 bodies washed up on two shorelines, according to San Francisco Chronicle.

The 8.9-magnitude quake at 2:46 p.m. local time created a 23-foot tsunami and officials are certain that more than 10,000 have died, reported San Francisco Chronicle.

Japan his invested significant resources in preparing itself, but with all the troubles after the tsunami, Prime MInister Naoto Kan said this was Japan's "worst crisis since World War II," according to The New York Times.

Vietnamese race to save Hoan Kiem lake turtle

Government agencies and teams of people are cleaning debris, pumping fresh water into the lake and using sand bags to construct safe structure for the turtle, reported Star Tribune.

Scientists plan to capture and treat the turtle's alarming number of injuries that have escalated in the past two decades, reported Viet Nam News.

Forced to survive highly polluted waters and attacks for red-ear turtles, the Hoan Kiem Lake Turtle is considered a peaceful symbol of the Hanoi people, reported Viet Nam News.

It is believed by experts to be the most endangered freshwater turtle species in the world, reported Star Tribune. The turtle is assumed to be more than 80 years old and stretches as long as 6 feet.

Oman protests hit new level

Demonstrators where shot dead when police opened fire with rubber bullets, said an official in Oman. Five others were also wounded when they tried to storm a police station, reported Vancouver Sun.

Tension raised by these pro-democracy protestors the the command of various monarchs and sheiks in the Gulf, reported Star Tribune.

In Sohar, protestors demanding a greater voice in the country's affairs were also tear gassed by local officers, reported Star Tribune.

Although the tone seemed different in Bahrain, one of the most politically volatile nations in the gulf, Omanis are seeking to only be heard and provoke change.

Ousted Madagascar president promises return

Marc Ravalomanana, Madagascar's ousted president attempted to return home on Friday from his exile in South America, reported Star Tribune.

He was ousted in a 2009 military-backed takeover led by Andy Rajoelina, a disc jockey supported by the government, according to the Star Tribune.

Ravalomanana is avoiding arrest after a Madagascar court convicted him last year of conspiracy to commit murder, reported The Washington Post.

If he is to return, as he has promised, he will be sentenced to life with hard labor, reported The Washington Post.

Thousands protest in Algeria

Thousands of Algerians defied an official ban on demonstrations in their capital Sunday, the day after weeks of mass protests in Egypt toppled the autocratic ruler.

The Star Tribune reports that 400 people were briefly detained, but no violence was mentioned at this marking point of bold defiance.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been in power since 1999, reported Taipei Times, and has failed to use its available resources to support the bulk of Algerians 35 million people.

For 10 years, Algerians have not been able to march in Algiers but that fear of a psychological barrier is finally gone, reported Star Tribune.

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