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Monday 28 February 2011

>> The BBC has apologised for its trio of laddish Top Gear presenters who offended Mexico with racial stereotyping.

During a studio discussion of the comparative merits of sports cars from Germany, Italy and Mexico, jet car pilot Richard Hammond suggested these vehicles reflect the national characteristics of their makers.

The Mexican offering was “a lazy, feckless and flatulent oaf with a mustache, leaning against a fence asleep, looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat”.

>> The director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has announced that the ancient library is being protected by the city’s youth from the threat of looting in wake of the protests in Egypt.

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