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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…

Unpaid restaurant bill sparks deadly religious riot in India

MUMBAI — A row over an unpaid restaurant bill in a western Indian city escalated into a riot between Hindus and Muslims that left four people dead and 175 injured, police said on Monday. The unrest broke out in Dhule in Maharashtra state on Sunday, special inspector general Deven Bharti…

Prince Charles determined to fight climate change for his unborn grandchild

The prospect of becoming a grandfather to the baby of Prince William and his wife Catherine has strengthened Prince Charles’s determination to fight climate change, he said in an interview broadcast Monday. The heir to the British throne, an outspoken environmental campaigner, said he did not want his first grandchild…

China ‘re-education’ labor camp reform revealed — then deleted

China will stop using its long-criticised “re-education” labour camps this year, state media quoted a senior official saying Monday — only for reports of the news to disappear within hours. The fate of the announcement — at once historic but also short-lived — offered a rare glimpse behind the tightly…

Thailand to extradite hacker wanted by the FBI

An Algerian computer hacker wanted by the FBI for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from American banks to fund a lavish lifestyle has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said Monday. Hamza Bendelladj, 24, appeared unruffled by his looming extradition to the United States as he was paraded before the…

Egypt’s Morsi backs calls for Assad war crimes trial

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told CNN Sunday he backs Syrian calls for Bashar al-Assad to be tried for war crimes, and predicted Assad’s regime would fall in the country’s bloody civil war. “The Syrian people, through their revolution, and through the movement will, when the bloodshed stops, move to a…

Statue built to Chinese reformer whose death sparked Tiananmen Square democracy protests

A statue of former Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang, a reformer whose death sparked the Tiananmen Square democracy protests, has been set up in the coastal city of Taizhou, state media reported on Monday. The bronze image, depicting Hu looking into the distance, was unveiled Sunday on Dachen island…

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