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BELGIUM

Rail workers strike

Trade unions in Brussels and the south of the country have begun a 48-hour rail strike which is set to disrupt national traffic and international connections to Paris and London. Workers began walking off the job late on Tuesday to protest planned government reforms aimed at streamlining services and making the sector more efficient. The unions say the government is imposing austerity measures that will cost thousands of jobs and cut services.

UNITED STATES

Paul Bley dies, aged 83

Canadian avant-garde jazz pianist Paul Bley has died at his Florida home. He was 83. The publicist for Bley’s record label, ECM Records, on Tuesday said that Bley died of natural causes on Sunday at his Stuart home. Born on Nov. 10, 1932, in Montreal, Bley began studying music at the age of five and formed his first band at the age of 13. He studied at Julliard in the 1950s, and in the 1960s he pioneered using electric pianos and synthesizers.

UNITED STATES

Hacker gets time served

A Latvian man was spared further prison time on Tuesday for what US prosecutors said was his crucial role in a conspiracy to distribute a computer virus that infected more than 1 million computers worldwide. Deniss Calovskis, 30, spent 21 months in prison before he pleaded guilty in September and admitted to having written some of the computer code for the so-called Gozi virus. At the time, prosecutors sought additional time in custody. US District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan called Calovskis’ conduct serious, but said “the goal of punishment has been served already.”

FRANCE

Men jailed over ‘rape’ video

Two young men have been arrested, charged and jailed after shocked Internet users watched a video of a suspected rape and alerted police. Lawyer Francoise Nogues said the two men, aged 18 and 22, were on Tuesday charged with “aggravated gang rape” of an 18-year-old girl and “diffusion of pornographic images.” Perpignan prosecutor Achille Kiriakides said in a statement that the young men were jailed. The prosecutor said the girl knew both men and that a barrage of analyses would help determine if the sexual encounters were “completely and freely” accepted.

SPAIN

Mas ‘ready’ to call elections

Catalonia’s outgoing separatist leader Artur Mas on Tuesday said that he was reluctantly “ready” to call fresh parliamentary elections, with the region’s secessionist faction unable to agree on who should lead a new government after winning September’s polls. “I’m ready — against my will, this is not what we wanted and it is not what I want — but I’m ready to sign the decree to convene elections,” he told reporters in Barcelona as Saturday’s deadline to form a new government drew dangerously close.

MEXICO

Mota investigation deepens

The investigation into the murder of Temixco Mayor Gisela Mota has led police to a clandestine grave containing five other bodies, authorities said on Tuesday. The burial spot was found in the community of Alpuyeca following the killing of Mota on Saturday, just one day after taking office. Three people — a 32-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy — who were detained right after the mayor’s murder were formally charged with homicide on Tuesday.

HONG KONG

Bird flu death in China

A woman in Shenzhen died last week after being infected with the highly contagious H5N6 bird flu virus, days after she was admitted to hospital, the Hong Kong Department of Health said yesterday. The department said it was also notified by the Guangdong Province health authorities on Friday last week that a 40-year-old woman from Zhaoqing was infected with H5N6 and was in a critical condition. It said health-check systems were in place at border crossings with Shenzhen and the airport.

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