OVER 50 PEOPLE WERE REPORTED DEAD AFTER VIOLENCE IN EGYPT
Protesters and security forces clashed on the third anniversary of the anti-Mubarak revolt
At least 54 people were reported dead after clashes in Egypt on the third anniversary of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak from power.
According to the health ministry, the majority of deaths were in Cairo, where security forces hurled tear gas canisters and fired shots into the air in an effort to stop anti-government protesters from reaching Tahrir Square.
In Tahrir, pro-government demonstrators held their own rally in support of the police and Egypt's security establishment, calling for the head of the military, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to run for president.
Those gathered in Tahrir said a security state, led by someone like Sisi, was the only way the country could establish stability after three years of economic and political chaos since the 2011 uprising.
Elsewhere, pro-democracy activists were prevented from marching by police, continuing the military-led regime's crackdown on all forms of dissent – one that has seen dozens of secular demonstrators and thousands of Islamists arrested since July of last year.
WILLIAM HAGUE SAID THE UK WOULD ACCEPT "VULNERABLE" SYRIAN REFUGEES
By that he means children and the injured, but he's still not sure exactly which ones
Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced that the UK is working on a plan to accept "particularly vulnerable" refugees from Syria.
The statement came after David Cameron said last week that he was now "open-minded" about accepting the injured, particularly children.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Hague said that a plan was underway, but stressed that Britain's main humanitarian contribution to the crisis will be continuing its aid programme in Syria, "helping a third of a million people with food every day; a million with drinking water; a third of a million a month with medical consultations".
The foreign secretary also spoke about the radicalisation of Britons who are getting involved in Syria's civil war, saying, "This is why a conflict like this affects us – it affects our own national security. And the longer it goes on, the greater these dangers are. That's why promoting a political solution there is so important, but it is a serious danger."
THAI PROTESTERS BARRICADED DOZENS OF POLLING STATIONS
Anti-government demonstrators don't want anyone voting in this week's general elections
Anti-government activists in Thailand have blocked off dozens of polling stations in an effort to stop advanced voting ahead of this week's general elections.
Demonstrators – who are calling for an unelected people's council to replace Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government – chained gates shut, threatened voters and prevented hundreds of thousands of people from casting their ballots, while one protest faction leader was fatally shot in a confrontation near a polling centre.
While many polling stations in Bangkok and in the opposition stronghold in the south were forced to close, voting continued mostly uninterrupted in the rest of the country.
However, the chaos in the capital and the south of the country demonstrated that the protesters might be able to disrupt the main vote this week.
A NEW BOOK APPARENTLY PROVES THAT HITLER LIVED UNTIL 1984
The "proof" is a grainy photograph of an old man in Brazil
Author Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias has claimed in her new book that Adolf Hitler died in a small Brazilian town in 1984, not after shooting himself in his bunker in 1945.
The Brazilian says the Fuhrer may have lived as Adolf Leipzig – who was known locally as the "old German" – after escaping Germany when he found out they had lost the war.
The book also states that this Leipzig character had a relationship with a black woman, supposedly to prove that he couldn't be Hitler, as Hitler was pretty well-known for not being a huge fan of non-Aryans.
Dias says her suspicions about Leipzig were heightened when she photoshopped a Hitler moustache onto a grainy photograph of the elderly German man, which is probably something she shouldn't have disclosed if she wanted people to take her seriously.
Academics in Brazil have rubbished the author's theory, but she now has permission to exhume Leipzig's remains so she can compare them to the DNA of one of Hitler's relatives.
A NAKED MAN CHALLENGED A WHOLE PUB TO A FIGHT
He wanted to know whether anyone had a problem withhis bag of dildos
The White Hart pub in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent
A 51-year-old man, who was naked from the waist down and carrying a bag of dildos, walked into the White Hart Pub in Stoke-on-Trent and told customers: "If anyone has a problem with me, they can take it outside."
No one took it outside. Instead, according to the prosecutor, it sounds more like people were too shocked to do much of anything.
David Sherratt later told police that he "may have taken too much" of a class B amphetamine that was found on his person.
Magistrates handed Sherratt a 12-month community order and fined him £85 (€100).