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WORLD IN BRIEF: Egypt resort reopens part of beach after shark attack

Egypt resort reopens part of beach after shark attack

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — A top Egyptian official has announced the opening of a kilometer-long section of beach at a Red Sea resort that has been plagued by shark attacks.

South Sinai Governor Mohammed Shousha announced in a statement Thursday that the area reopened to swimmers and snorkelers was on the opposite end of Sharm El-Sheikh resort from where the shark attacks occurred.

Last week, four tourists were mauled and one woman killed in a series of unprecedented attacks believed to be carried out by a Mako and an Oceanic White Tip shark, prompting an indefinite closure of the waters to swimmers.

One Mako shark was caught, but the other remains at large.

Skirmishes rage over WikiLeaks

LONDON — Skirmishes raged across cyberspace Thursday between WikiLeaks supporters and the companies they accuse of trying to stifle the group, with websites on both sides of the battle line taken out of service or choked off by attacks.

The U.N.’s top human rights official raised the alarm over officials’ and corporations’ moves to cut off WikiLeaks’ funding and starve it of server space — something she described as a ‘‘potentially violating WikiLeaks’ right to freedom of expression.’’

Navi Pillay also expressed surprise at the scale of the online attacks that have targeted major American financial players — in some cases denying access to their websites for hours at a time.

Climate talks intensify; Bolivian cites ‘ecocide’

CANCUN, Mexico — Delegates from almost 200 nations worked Thursday to clear away a host of disputes and take small steps forward in easing the impacts of climate change, at a conference whose limited goals drew an accusation of ‘‘ecocide’’ from Bolivia’s president.

Once again this year, as they near an end, the annual negotiations under the U.N. climate treaty will not produce an overarching, legally binding deal to slash emissions of global warming gases. From the start, the talks focused instead on secondary areas, including setting up a ‘‘green fund’’ to help poorer countries cope with global warming.

— From wire reports