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New torture case rocks Russian police

MOSCOW — Russian investigators on Thursday charged four policemen with asphyxiating a witness using a gas mask as the force reels from a series of torture allegations. The four officers in the southern Siberian city of Novokuznetsk are accused of deliberately causing severe bodily harm and causing the death of…

Former CERN nuclear scientist faces terror trial in France

French-Algerian Adlene Hicheur accused of conspiring to organise attacks with north African wing of al-Qaida A former nuclear scientist at Switzerland’s Cern laboratory, famous for its Hadron collider that aims to recreate the conditions of the big bang, has gone on trial for allegedly plotting terror attacks in France. Adlene…

South Africa mulls new trophy hunt rules to fight rhino poaching

South Africa may impose new limits on trophy hunts as it combats a devastating surge in rhino poaching, with 150 killed illegally so far this year, the environment ministry said Thursday. Big game hunters are allowed to kill a limited number of rhinos every year, with their horns exported as…

Drunken man sings entire ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in police cruiser

Dashcam video posted on YouTube Wednesday captured a drunken man singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) cruiser. The man begins by insisting that he had “done nothing wrong” and urging the officer to consider the “brotherhood of man of man on the…

Japan executes first prisoners since 2010

Japan resumed its use of capital punishment after a 20-month break on Thursday, with an unapologetic government minister signing death warrants for three multiple murderers. The convicts went to the gallows on the orders of the justice minister, who said he was acting in line with public opinion, which overwhelmingly supports the death penalty.…

Elephant goes to shopping mall after escaping from circus

A 5,500 pound elephant, named Baby, escaped from his circus handlers and wandered around a parking lot in Ireland on Tuesday. Two circus employees tried to get the animal under control, but the 40-year-old pachyderm refused to cooperate, according to the Irish Times. After making his way through the parking…

TEPCO asks for $12 bn capital injection

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant on Thursday asked the Japanese government for a capital injection of $12 billion in a bid to avoid insolvency. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) officially requested one trillion yen, because it is in a “very serious financial condition,” President Toshio Nishizawa told a news conference. The firm separately asked a state-backed entity…

Toulouse killer to be buried in France: Muslim official

The Islamist gunman branded a “monster” by President Nicolas Sarkozy will be buried in France because Algeria refused to let him be buried there, a Muslim official said Thursday. Abdallah Zekri of the Paris Grand Mosque said Mohamed Merah’s family had asked him to organise a funeral in France after Algeria cited security reasons for rejecting their request…

Blast in Baghdad as Arab summit opens

A large blast rocked central Baghdad near the Iranian embassy on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital’s heavily-fortified Green Zone as a landmark Arab summit opened Thursday, an AFP journalist said. The blast was heard at around 1:40 pm (1040 GMT) and took place in the Salhiyeh neighbourhood of central Baghdad. As smoke billowed into…

S.Africa big cat expert attacked by tiger

A South African conservationist and filmmaker was in intensive careon Thursday after being attacked by a tiger at a reserve where he breeds the big Asian cats. John Varty suffered several puncture wounds and two broken ribs after being attacked while filming on his Tiger Canyons farm in the central Free State, which he set up to create…

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