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President says discontent in Sao Tome army, plays down fears of uprising

SAO TOME (Reuters) - Sao Tome and Principe's president warned of discontent in the island nation's military after striking soldiers boycotted his presidential guard in protest at rising prices, but played down fears of a new uprising. The presidential honor guard failed to report for duty at the airport as President Manuel Pinto da Costa left on a state visit to Congo Republic late on Monday.

Cycling: Italian Modolo wins Palma Trophy

Lampre-Merida's Italian rider Sacha Modolo claimed victory in the Palma Trophy on the first day of the four-stage series of races in the Mallorca challenge event on Sunday. After 10 laps of a 11.6km route around the Island's capital, Modolo was followed home by Belgian Jens Debusschere (Lotto Belisol) and Holland's Dylan Groenewegen (De Rijke) in second and third respectively. Sky's Bradley Wiggins didn't take part on Sunday, but the 2012 Tour de France winner is expected to get his season underway in the Campos Trophy on Monday. kca/ak

Five killed in Canary island lifeboat accident

Five people were killed on Sunday when a lifeboat fell from a cruise liner during a safety drill while it was docked at La Palma in the Canary Islands, local authorities and media reports said. The accident at the port of Santa Cruz on La Palma, the most northwesterly of the Canaries, also left three people injured, a statement from the regional government said. No details were immediately available about the dead, but the regional rescue service said the injured were three men, including a Greek national.

Spain town asks scandal-hit royal to drop duke title

Authorities Thursday asked Spanish King Juan Carlos's son-in-law, mired in a corruption scandal, to stop using the title Duke of Palma, claiming he has disrespected the town's name, an official said. Inaki Urdangarin, who is married to the Duchess of Palma, the king's youngest daughter Cristina, is under investigation for embezzlement and tax fraud -- the first major public scandal to hit the king's family.
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