A 26-year-old engineer has been sentenced to three years in prison for creating a fake profile of the younger brother of Moroccan King Mohammed VI on the popular internet networking site Facebook. A court in Casablanca on Friday convicted Fouad Mourtada of ''usurping the identity of HRH Prince Moulay Rachid''.
A kilogram just isn't what it used to be. A 118-year-old cylinder that has been the international prototype for the metric mass, and kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing its weight -- if ever so slightly. Physicist Richard Davis of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, south-west of Paris, says the reference kilo appears to have lost 50 micrograms.
Alberto Contador of Spain all but locked up a Tour de France victory on Saturday by holding off his top rival in the final time trial, a day before the doping-marred race ends in Paris. Contador lost most of his lead, but still holds a 23-second advantage over Cadel Evans.
Linus Gerdemann of Germany won Saturday's seventh stage of the Tour de France to take the overall leader's yellow jersey as the race entered the Alps. Gerdemann won by speeding out from a group of breakaway riders during the 197km ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Le Grand-Bornand.
Belgium's Tom Boonen won Friday's sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish, while Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara retained the leader's yellow jersey for a seventh straight day. Boonen won the 199,5km trek from the Burgundy town of Semur-en-Auxois toward the foot of the Alps in Bourg-en-Bresse.
Violence across France appeared to abate on Thursday in the first 24 hours of emergency measures aimed at stopping the country's worst civil unrest in decades. Some cities, including the Riviera resorts of Cannes and Nice, imposed curfews on minors. At least 482 cars were set on fire across the country on Wednesday night.
France's government faced mounting pressure on Thursday after suburban rioters fired at police and firefighters, hurled rocks at trains and torched buses and car dealerships. Nine people were injured in Seine-Saint-Denis and 315 cars were torched across the Paris area where acts of violence ranged from stone-throwing to torching vehicles.
Thousands of journalists in some of the most press-hostile countries held marches and sit-ins on Tuesday to demand an end to government censorship and jailings and to highlight the threat of killing, kidnapping and other abuses they face.
Several events were under way or scheduled for the 15th annual World Press Freedom Day.