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Prime Minister Narendra
Modi says he will seek to
unravel one of India s most
enduring mysteries sur-
rounding the independence
struggle, the latest salvo in a
growing history war that
could undermine the oppo-
sition Congress party.
The fate of Subhas Chan-
dra Bose, leader of the In-
dian National Army which
collaborated with the Japan-
ese and Germans against the
British in World War Two,
has remained a riddle for
seven decades. Successive
Indian governments have
kept hundreds of files re-
lated to his death secret,
saying the release of the in-
formation could prejudice
relations with foreign na-
tions, fuelling conspiracy
theories about how he died.
Modi s decision this week
to declassify all files on
India s most enigmatic na-
tionalist hero may finally
end the controversy.
The Indian government
has officially said Bose died
of burns when his aircraft
crashed in Taiwan while he
was on his way to Tokyo,
three days after the end of
Many Indians refuse to
A leading conservationist in
Zimbabwe has criticised the killing of
a "majestic" 60-year-old elephant by a
German hunter, calling it "unethical."
Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the
country's Conservation Task Force,
told the BBC that elephant, could have
lived for another 15 years.
The unnamed hunter, who was
pictured with the corpse, reportedly
paid $60,000 for the legal hunt.
It comes months after the
controversial death of Cecil the lion.
There was international outrage
after Cecil, a 13-year-old lion, was
killed during another legal hunt in July,
also in Zimbabwe.
Walter Palmer, the US dentist who
shot the lion, found out earlier this
week that he will not face charges
over the shooting.
The death of the elephant also took
place during a hunt in Zimbabwe's
southern Gonarezhou National Park,
Rodrigues said. But he called for such
animals to be looked after and used
as tourist attractions.
"It's hard to swallow that people are
just destroying all the majestic
animals that we've got in the country,"
"When you see an animal like that,
which you haven't seen for years, you
should actually put a collar on him and
use him as a marketing tool."
The Zimbabwe Association of
Safaris Operators said the elephant
was the largest seen in Zimbabwe in
100 years. Its tusks, which were so
large they almost touched the floor,
A military court in Nigeria has
sentenced a general to six months in
jail for his involvement in one of the
army's worst defeats by Boko
Gen Enitan Ransome-Kuti was
convicted of failing in his duties
when Islamist militants attacked the
north-eastern town of Baga in
Scores of civilians were killed
when Boko Haram overran the town
and seized large quantities of
The exact number of those killed
in the Baga attack remains unknown,
but claims vary from the
government's official figure of 150 to
up to 2,000 reported by locals.
The military court in the capital
Abuja said Brigadier Gen Ransome-
Kuti was right to have asked his
troops to retreat in the face of
overwhelming firepower, but he
should have called for
reinforcements and launched a
counter-attack to reclaim the town.
Hundreds of people were
massacred by Boko Haram in Baga
in January 2015 when Gen
Ransome-Kuti and his men ran away
from the town.
This was one of the biggest
defeats suffered by the Nigerian
army at the hands of Boko Haram,
given the number of people killed
and the high-calibre weapons gained
by the insurgents.
A group of Palestinians set fire overnight
to a compound housing Joseph s Tomb---a reli-
gious site in the West Bank venerated by Jews---
sparking condemnations from Palestinian and
The tomb appeared to be unharmed, but the
fire marked another downturn in the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict after weeks of renewed vio-
lence, including the stabbings of Israeli civilians
and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli
Jews consider the site in Nablus the final rest-
ing place of Joseph, a high Israelite patriarch
and son of Jacob who, according to biblical
accounts, was sold into slavery as a boy but
then rose to become a powerful figure in ancient
Egypt, second only to the pharaoh.
Jewish devotees at times go to the tomb under
Israel Defence Forces escort at night to pray.
Christians also consider Joseph s Tomb a holy
site. It s been targeted before---including in 2011
when vandals painted swastikas on its walls.
According to a Palestinian official, people
went to the site early yesterday to erect a bar-
ricade to thwart Israeli troops from demolishing
homes, a key bone of contention in the Mideast.
Israeli officials say tearing down homes of ter-
rorists can deter future attacks, while Palestinians
see the tactic as unfair collective punishment
that hurts innocent women and children.
At some point, a group tried to set fire to
Joseph s Tomb, said the official, who did not
want to be named.
But Palestinian security forces pushed out
the crowd and managed to put out the fire.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas---whom Israeli officials have accused of
not being vocal enough in condemning attacks
on Israeli civilians---quickly spoke out about the
torching of the religious site.
"These kinds of acts, or any other acts that
violate the law and order...offend our culture,
religion and morals," Abbas said, according to
WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency.
IDF spokesman Peter Lerner promised action.
"The burning and desecration of Joseph s
Tomb...is a blatant violation and contradiction
of the basic value of freedom of worship," Lerner
"The IDF will take all measures to bring the
perpetrators of this despicable act to justice,
restore the site to its previous condition and
ensure that the freedom of worship returns to
Joseph s Tomb."
Russia is imposing a "full embargo"
on food imports from the EU, US and
some other Western countries, in
response to sanctions over Ukraine.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
said it would include fruit, vegetables,
meat, fish, milk and dairy imports.
Australia, Canada and Norway are
The latest developments come
during heightened tensions between
Russia and the West over Ukraine,
where heavy shelling was reported in
the eastern rebel stronghold of
Donetsk on Thursday.
The Russian government is also
considering banning transit flights for
EU and US airlines in retaliation for
sanctions over Ukraine, he said.
EU food exports to Russia last year
were worth 11.8bn euros.
Russia was the EU's second-biggest
market for food exports after the US.
Turkish officials have stressed
that a plan agreed by EU officials for
joint action with Turkey on the
migrant crisis has not been finalised.
The leaders agreed to speed up
visa liberalisation talks for Turks if
Turkey stems the influx.
They also promised to "re-
energise" talks on Turkey joining the
EU and to consider more aid.
However, Turkey's Foreign
Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said the
agreement was still a draft.
He called the financial measures
proposed by the EU "unacceptable,"
according to the AFP news agency.
Earlier Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan had made scathing
criticisms of Europe's reaction to the
"They announce they'll take in
30,000 to 40,000 refugees and then
they are nominated for the Nobel for
that. We are hosting two and a half
million refugees but nobody cares,"
Modi to open secret files in challenge to Gandhi dynasty
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks with knives pierced through his cheeks
during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, yesterday.
The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the
local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the
ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of
mind. REUTERS PHOTO
site set ablaze
Anger over killing of
Zimbabwe's 'largest' elephant
Russia hits West with
food import ban
Turkey says no deal
done on EU action plan
Nigerian general jailed
over Boko Haram attack
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