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Ugandan farmers fight elephant crop raids with beehive fences

Among the rolling volcanic hills in western Uganda lies Queen Elizabeth National Park, famed for its natural beauty and wildlife. The park’s varied fauna has spawned a productive safari industry. However, more recently, the animals have been destroying, rather than supporting, local people’s livelihoods. “Elephants from the park have raided…

Russian lawmakers pass controversial protest bill

Russia’s upper house on Wednesday adopted a controversial bill that would greatly increase fines for opposition protesters, hours after the lower house approved the measure in a stormy midnight vote. The Federation Council passed the bill with 132 in favour, one voteagainst and one abstention. It now just needs to be signed byPresident Vladimir…

NATO airstrike kills ‘at least 15 Afghan civilians’

At least 15 civilians, including women and children, were killed in aNATO airstrike on a home in Afghanistan’s Logar province south of Kabul, Afghan officials said Wednesday. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said “multiple insurgents” were killed in the airstrike, which was ordered after troops came under fire from insurgents. But deputy provincial police…

Toronto marches in support of Quebec students

Students and labor activists marched through downtown Toronto in support of Quebec students, who have held nightly protests for months trying to head off a tuition increase. Between 250 and 300 people gathered in the city center before a short march to a rally at Ryerson University in support of…

Canada to ban key substance in ‘bath salts’ drug

MONTREAL — Canada said it was moving to ban the main substance used to make “bath salts” — the drug linked to a grisly attack in the United States in which a man almost killed another by chewing his face. The drug — which as its name suggests resembles regular…

5.7-magnitude quake jolts Taiwan: USGS

TAIPEI — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 struck at sea off southeastern Taiwan Wednesday, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The tremor struck at 9:08 am (0108 GMT) 49 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Taitung at a depth of five kilometres…

Russian lawmakers adopt controversial protest bill

MOSCOW — The Russian lower house or State Duma early Wednesday adopted a controversial bill that would greatly increase fines for protesters. An opposition party had earlier deliberately stalled the passing of the bill by calling for votes on hundreds of amendments. It was finally passed at the third reading…

Human body parts sent to Canada schools

MONTREAL — Human remains sent in separate packages were found Tuesday at two schools in the western Canadian city of Vancouver, police said, following the grisly dismemberment of a Chinese student in Montreal. Investigators emphasized that they could not yet link the discoveries in Vancouver to the murder of Lin…

Blackwater guards lose appeal in Iraqi shooting case

One of the highest-profile prosecutions stemming from the Iraq war period is to go ahead after the US supreme court refused to dismiss manslaughter and weapons charges against four employees of the private security company Blackwater Worldwide. Supreme court justices declined to review a ruling by a US appeals court…

Pope’s butler risks 6 years in prison for stealing classified documents

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s butler risks up to six years in prison if convicted on a charge of aggravated theft for stealing classified documents from the papal chambers, a Vatican judge said Tuesday. Paolo Gabriele, a staunch Catholic who is seen as the layperson with the most access…

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