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‘Canadian Psycho’ likely extradited by the end of June

German prosecutors said Thursday the Canadian porn star accused of the grisly killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student in Montreal last month will likely be extradited by the end of June. “We hope that he can be extradited by the end of the month,” a spokesman for the Berlin…

Data: Amazon deforestation at record low

Deforestation of the Amazon has fallen to its lowest levels since records began, according to data recently released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. The boost for the environment comes a week after president Dilma Rousseff was criticised for weakening the forest protection measures widely credited for the improvement,…

Asian markets lifted by U.S. and Europe stimulus hopes

Asian markets mostly rose for a third successive day on Thursday, posting strong gains on hopes for stimulus measures in the United States and Europe as well as promises of help for Spain’s banks. The euro also held up against the yen and dollar after impressive gains in New York…

Iraq executes Saddam’s chief bodyguard and top aide

Iraq on Thursday executed Saddam Hussein’s presidential secretary and chief bodyguard Abid Hamid Mahmud, justice ministry spokesman Haidar al-Saadi said. “He was executed today,” Saadi said, adding: “The ministry of justice implemented the execution sentence against the criminal Abd Hmoud… for genocide,” referring to Mahmud by the name Iraqis call…

Spanish soccer coach dies one day after getting hired

Spanish coach Manuel Preciado died of a heart attack on Thursday at the age of 54, just a day after he was named the new coach at relegated side Villarreal. “A heart attack claimed the life of Manuel Preciado in the early hours at a hotel in Valencia,” his former…

Drastic measures as Chinese students take college entry exams

More than 9 million students sat China’s notoriously tough college entrance exams on Thursday, with “high-flyer” rooms, nannies and even intravenous drips among the tools being employed for success. With just 6.85 million university spots on offer this year, competition for the top institutions is intense, and attempts to cheat…

Poland to use testicle-biting dogs, sonic cannons for riot control at 2012 Euro Cup

From testicle-biting police dogs to sonic cannons capable of inducing involuntary urination, Polish anti-hooligan squads have an array of weapons ready to deal with any troublesome England fans at Euro 2012. The English-language Krakow Post newspaper asserted in an editorial that local law enforcement agencies were more than ready to…

World’s city dwellers face ‘garbage crisis’

The world’s city dwellers are fast producing more and more trash in a “looming crisis” that will pose huge financial and environmental burdens, the World Bank is warning. Urban specialists said the growing pile of trash from urban dwellers is as daunting as global warming and the costs will be…

NATO air strike kills 18 civilians at Afghanistan wedding

On a day of deadly violence that underlined the vulnerability of Afghans, , more than 30 civilians were killed by Taliban suicide attackers and a Nato air strike on Wednesday. Civilians are regular victims of the fighting that now affects most of Afghanistan, and last year a record number of…

Kony rebels still abducting hundreds of children: UN

UNITED NATIONS — Joseph Kony’s Lord Resistance Army has abducted more than 600 child soldiers and sex slaves over the past two years even as the hunt for the rebel leader intensifies, the UN said Wednesday. Efforts to trap Kony have been redoubled since the release of an Internet documentary…

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