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Trayvon killer left jail on bond

The neighbourhood watch volunteer who killed black teenager Trayvon Martin has left a Florida jail, less than 24 hours after a judge set his bond at $1m (e814,563).

George Zimmerman left the Seminole County jail last night.

His previous $150,000 bond was revoked after prosecutors presented evidence that he had misled the court about his finances.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in Martin's death. The case stoked racial tensions and provoked nationwide protests.



Top university



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Singing sensation Susan Boyle has been awarded an honourary doctorate from a Scottish university.

Boyle, who shot to fame on a TV talent show, accepted the degree yesterday from Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University in recognition of her "contribution to the creative industries".

The singer once studied for a higher education certificate at the university.



Libya election



helicopter shot

Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) said gunmen have shot down a helicopter carrying voting materials, killing an election commission worker.

The attack near Benghazi comes on the eve of Libya's first national election since the toppling and killing of dictator Muammar Gaddafi last year.

NTC spokesman Saleh Darhoub described the assailants as "enemies of the revolution" and said the attack will not stop the country from holding elections.



Iran alleges CIA cooperation

Iran's spy chief accused French and German intelligence services of cooperating with the CIA to kill Iranian nuclear scientists.

The allegation is likely to exacerbate tensions between Tehran and the West over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear programme.

Heidar Moslehi said that other intelligence services in the region -- including that of Israel -- also took part in the alleged campaign targeting the scientists.

The US and Britain have denied involvement in killing Iranian nuclear experts. Israel has not commented.