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Nepal jails mob for burning suspected ‘witch’ alive

A court in Nepal has jailed members of a mob who burned alive a 40-year-old woman after accusing her of casting black magic spells in a remote southern village, an official said Tuesday. Mother-of-two Dhengani Devi Mahato died when she was severely beaten, doused in kerosene and set alight in…

Japan finds rare Tang Dynasty copy of Wang Xizhi work

An extremely rare copy of a work by fourth century Chinese calligraphy legend Wang Xizhi has been unearthed in Japan, the first such discovery in four decades, Tokyo National Museum said Tuesday. No original works survive, despite their having been treasured by Chinese emperors throughout history for their contribution to…

Dutch priest to display photos of Church quitters

A Roman Catholic priest in the Netherlands is to put on display the names and photographs of parish members trying to leave the Church in a bid to get them to stay. “This is a large parish, and I don’t known everyone: by putting up the photos I thought someone…

Women’s groups reject Indonesian motorcycle straddle ban

Rights groups urged the Indonesian government to block a proposed law banning women from sitting astride motorcycles in deeply Islamic Aceh province, where the position is deemed “improper”. The mayor of Lhokseumawe city in Aceh, where sharia law is enforced, circulated a letter Monday explaining the obligation for women to…

Hong Kong customs seize $1 million haul of endangered seahorses and crocodile meat

Hong Kong customs officers said they had seized a huge haul of endangered seahorses and crocodile meat being smuggled into the city in a container of exotic foods worth more than $1 million. The 579 kilos (1,276 pounds) of dried crocodile meat and 311 kilos of dried seahorses were hidden…

Wanted by Interpol, ‘Sea Shepherd’ founder Paul Watson passes the reins

The fugitive founder of Sea Shepherd has stepped down from key roles at the militant anti-whaling group, passing the Antarctic harpoon chase mantle to a former Australian politician. Canadian Paul Watson is wanted by Interpol after skipping bail last July in Germany, where he was arrested on Costa Rican charges…

German diners feast on ‘trash’ to cut waste

Two socially-aware Berlin women with a culinary flair have given “leftovers for dinner” a fresh twist by organising communal suppers conjured up from unsold food foraged from markets. By getting creative with whatever fresh and preferably organic unwanted produce they lay their hands on, Sarah Mewes and Sandra Teitge set…

Fire breaks out at Australian nuclear facility

A fire broke out at a nuclear research reactor in Sydney, but authorities said the blaze was brought under control and there appeared to be no damage to the reactors. The fire broke out as the city sweltered through a heatwave which has triggered dozens of bushfires, but the Australian…

Tunisia frees suspect in Benghazi attack on U.S. consulate

A court in Tunis on Monday ordered the release of Ali Hamzi, a Tunisian suspected of involvement in the deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya last September, his lawyer Abdelbasset Ben Mbarek said. The ruling came after Hamzi, 26, was interrogated by four FBI agents and a translator…

Hockey-mad Canadians thrilled at NHL deal

Hockey-mad Canadians are rejoicing after the NHL and players reached a tentative deal to end their lockout and salvage the season. In newspapers nationwide, frontpage headlines cheered NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s announcement Sunday after a marathon 16-hour negotiating session that included both Bettman and NHL Players’ Association chief Don Fehr.…

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