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RugbyU: Result of Wales v Scotland Six Nations match

Result of Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday: Wales 51 Scotland 3 Half-time: 27-3 afp

RugbyU: Wales thrash Scotland 51-3 in Six Nations

Wales thrashed Scotland 51-3 in their final Six Nations match at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The Welsh scored seven tries through Liam Williams, George North (2), Jamie Roberts (2), Toby Faletau and Rhys Williams. Scotland suffered a hammerblow when fullback Stuart Hogg was sent off after 23 minutes after he took out Wales fly-half Dan Biggar off the ball. lp/nr

Serbia gears up for snap polls marred by economic woe

Campaigning wrapped up Saturday for snap elections in Serbia, with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after successfully opening talks on EU membership. Some 6.7 million voters will be called to the polls on Sunday to elect a new 250-seat parliament in early elections called by the SNS after Belgrade launched talks in January with Brussels to join the European Union.

RugbyU: Wales lead Scotland 27-3 at half-time

Wales led Scotland 27-3 at half-time in their Six Nations match at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday. lp/as

Lithuania arrests Russian over alleged 1991 war crimes

Lithuania has arrested a former Soviet army officer suspected of committing war crimes during a bloody 1991 crackdown on the Baltic state's independence drive, prosecutors said Friday. The 45-year-old Russian, Yuri Mel, was arrested Wednesday at a checkpoint on the border with Russia's exclave of Kaliningrad, and a Vilnius court Friday remanded him in custody for two months. "He admits taking part in the (1991) events but denies killing people," a spokeswoman for the prosecutors, Elena Martinoniene, told AFP.

EU mackerel deal with Norway and Faroes angers Iceland

The European Union has reached an agreement over controversial mackerel quotas with Norway and the Faroe Islands, prompting an angry reaction from Iceland on Thursday. The deal, agreed in London on Wednesday -- a week after negotiations with Iceland broke down -- is aimed at ending a four-year "mackerel war" over north Atlantic mackerel quotas with Iceland and the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory.

Huge hash shipment washes up on Spanish beach

Spanish authorities seized 62 bales containing close to two tonnes of hashish that washed ashore on Monday on a beach in one of Spain's exclaves in North Africa, police said. Officers on a routine patrol spotted several bales at the Calamocarro beach just outside Ceuta, which lies across the Strait of Gibraltar from mainland Spain and is surrounded by Morocco, police said in a statement. They collected 57 on the beach and another five still floating at sea, each bale weighing about 30 kilos.

Swastikas daubed on two high schools in Swedish capital

Swastikas were painted overnight on a Stockholm high school with a Jewish curriculum and on another one with many ethnic minority students, school authorities said Monday. Police said meanwhile that two women and two men were injured late Saturday in the southern Swedish city of Malmo when a fight broke out between left wing militants taking part in a feminist march and members of the far right Party of the Swedes.

Georgia avalanche kills four snowboarders

An avalanche has killed two French and two German snowboarders in the Caucasus mountains of northern Georgia, police in the former Soviet republic said on Saturday. The four, whose names have not been made public, died on Thursday night in the Svaneti region, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Nino Giorgobiani told AFP. Initial reports suggested they were mountaineers. Rescue teams have recovered all four bodies, she added. A fifth member of the group, a French national, survived unharmed and has been evacuated.

Facebook to expand 'cutting-edge' Swedish data centre

Facebook, the world's largest social network, said Friday it planned to expand its Swedish data centre, which it describes as "one of the greenest, most cutting-edge facilities" in the world. The Baltic port city of Luleaa in northern Sweden was chosen for the data centre because of the cold climate, reducing the need for cooling apparatuses, and the availability of hydropower facilities.
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