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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.…

Siberian region places bounty on wolves

A remote Siberian region has placed a bounty on the heads of its wolf population, complaining that thousands of the predators are killing too many reindeer and horses. The vast Sakha Republic, home to diamond mines and the coldest inhabited place on Earth, declared a three-month cull of wolves, aiming…

Catholic Church warns Venezuela faces ‘morally unacceptable’ crisis with Chavez’s health

Venezuela’s Catholic church warned the government Monday it would be “morally unacceptable” to override the constitution amid an intensifying crisis over President Hugo Chavez’s health. The church weighed in with four days to go before Chavez, who is in Cuba recovering from cancer surgery, is supposed to be sworn in…

German teacher wins legal battle over snowball fight injuries

A German teacher has won a legal battle with his school by having his wounds from a snowball fight with pupils recognised as a work injury, a court said Monday. The teacher, who missed a month in the classroom due to an eye injury sustained from a snowball lobbed by…

Hip hop festival highlights how the genre took root in France

Celine Lefevre doesn’t come from the ghetto, she’s white, and female. Not your typical rapper. But when she tells the story of hip hop in a snap, crackle and pop of a dance solo, it all falls into place. The sunny 35-year-old could stand as an emblem of hip hop…

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