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Sri Lankan elephant-keepers jailed after elephant dies of 96 stab wounds

A Sri Lankan court has jailed four staff from a well-known elephant orphanage over the death of a 23-year-old elephant that was fatally injured with sharp sticks in an apparent effort to control it. The male, which was living at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, a popular tourist attraction near the…

‘Butcher of Butare’ sentenced to life in final Rwandan genocide trial

The UN tribunal for Rwanda Tuesday handed a life sentence to a former army captain nicknamed the “Butcher of Butare” for his role in the 1994 genocide. Ildephonse Nizeyimana is the last member of the former Rwandan army who will be tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Two…

French consular agent arrested in India for abusing his 3-year-old daughter

A French consulate official in the Indian IT hub of Bangalore was remanded in judicial custody Tuesday following his formal arrest on suspicion of sexually abusing his three-year-old daughter. The official, identified as a “consular agent”, was remanded in custody for 14 days by a local magistrate pending further judicial…

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks of family’s ‘sacrifice’ in Britain

Aung San Suu Kyi began an emotional return to Britain Tuesday, visiting her former home of Oxford and speaking about the “sacrifice” her sons and late husband were forced to make. She was greeted at Oxford University, her alma mater, after taking part in a debate at the London School…

Pressure high at ‘intense’ Iran nuclear talks

Iran and world powers on Tuesday dug in for a second day of attritional talks in Moscow aimed at breaking an increasingly risky deadlock in the decade-long crisis over the Iranian nuclear programme. With the United States and Israel refusing to rule out military action and Tehran facing severe economic…

Sri Lanka jails elephant-keepers over ‘vicious’ killing

A Sri Lankan court has jailed four staff from a well-known elephant orphanage over the death of a 23-year-old elephant that was fatally injured with sharp sticks in an apparent effort to control it. The male, which was living at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, a popular tourist attraction near the…

Hong Kong residents evacuated as WWII bomb is found

Hong Kong police on Tuesday evacuated scores of people from homes and offices after an unexploded World War II-era bomb was discovered at a construction site. Workers found the British artillery shell near a busy road in the Fortress Hill neighbourhood, and a police bomb disposal squad was called to…

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi returns to Britain after 24 years

Aung San Suu Kyi begins a bittersweet return to Britain Tuesday, during which she will be showered with honours and have an emotional family reunion after nearly a quarter of a century in Myanmar. During her four-day visit the democracy icon will also meet members of Britain’s royal family and…

Court disqualifies Pakistan PM Gilani from office

Pakistan’s top court on Tuesday disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in a stunning move likely to throw the country into fresh turmoil two months after the premier was convicted of contempt. The Supreme Court on April 26 convicted Gilani for refusing to ask Swiss authorities to reopen corruption cases…

Environmental activists ‘being killed at rate of two a week’

The struggle for the world’s remaining natural resources is becoming more murderous, according to a new report that reveals that environmental activists were killed at the rate of more than two a week in 2011. The death toll of campaigners, community leaders and journalists involved in the protection of forests,…

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