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Thai police catch prolific underwear thief

Police in Thailand said Wednesday that they had apprehended a thief with more than a thousand pairs of women’s underwear in the trunk of his car. Police also found more than ten thousand pairs at the house of the 48-year-old Thai suspect, who was arrested late Tuesday with an accomplice…

One in five young Germans ‘unaware of Auschwitz’

One in five young Germans has no idea that Auschwitz was a Nazi death camp, a poll released Wednesday showed, two days ahead ofHolocaust memorial day. Although 90 percent of those asked did know it was a concentration camp, the poll for Thursday’s edition of Stern news magazine revealed that Auschwitz meant nothing to 21 percent…

Scientists discover 46 new species in South American forest

A “cowboy frog” and a “crayola katydid” are among 46 new species that have been discovered in the dense forests of the tiny South American nation of Suriname, scientists said Wednesday. The caramel-colored frog displays white fringes along its back legs and a spur on its heels, while the unusual katydid…

U.N.: Environmental protections would benefit fishing industry

The worldwide fishing industry could benefit from a $50 billion boost annually if stocks were allowed time to recover, the UN said Wednesday. Already 32 percent of the world’s fish stocks have been depleted by years of overfishing and poor coastal management, according to aUN Environment Programme report released in the Philippine capital Manila. “The potential economic…

Egypt marks one year since anti-Mubarak revolt

Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square on Wednesday to mark one year since the launch of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, with activists vowing to revive their unfinished revolution and the ruling army labelling it a day of celebration. Tens of thousands of Islamists, liberals, leftists and ordinary citizens packed the square, the epicentre…

Official: Bin Laden kill team rescued Somali hostages

The U.S. soldiers who rescued two aid workers in Somalia on Tuesday night were with SEAL Team Six, the same Navy SEAL team that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, an administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning. The hostages, an American woman and a Danish man who…

Qaeda gunmen pull out of Yemen town: witnesses

Al-Qaeda gunmen have withdrawn completely from the central Yemen town of Rada, which they overran nine days ago, tribal sources and witnesses said on Wednesday. “They have left the town,” located 130 kilometres (85 miles) southeast of Sanaa, one tribal source said hours after a senior military official said there had…

Thousands evacuated in flooded Australia

Thousands of Australians were evacuated Wednesday, with dozens being rescued, as monsoonal rains sparked flash flooding and landslides and a cyclone threatened to form in the Pacific Ocean. Emergency authorities ordered 4,200 residents of five towns in New South Wales to abandon their homes as a huge storm lashed northeast Australia, causing rivers to break…

Obama says U.S. carried out Somalia hostage rescue

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that US special forces had carried out a daring pre-dawn raid in Somalia that rescued two hostages, including an American aid worker, held since October. “The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to…

Pedophile found hanged in prison cell

A convicted pedophile whose partner is accused of murdering their two children in a hotel in Spain has been found dead in his cell, thePrison Service said Wednesday. Martin Smith, 46, a former TV psychic from North Shields, was found dead on Monday evening at HMP Manchester, formerly Strangeways Prison. A Prison Service spokesman said the Prisons and Probation…

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