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from a state-run weekly news-
paper in Zimbabwe will be
charged with slander for a
front page story that implicat-
ed an unnamed top police offi-
cer and other officials in fatal
cyanide poisonings of more
than 60 elephants by poach-
ers, police said yesterday.
"The editors and reporters
cannot be allowed to hide
behind the privilege of press
freedom to peddle falsehoods,"
police spokeswoman Charity
Charamba said. "Our investi-
gations show that the trio is
lying." Amnesty International
called the detention of the three
journalists "a shocking attempt
to threaten freedom of the
press" and called for their
"Arresting journalists on the
basis of publishing falsehoods'
has a chilling effect that may
restrict the ability of the media
to expose alleged criminal activ-
ities by the authorities," said
Amnesty International's Deputy
Director for Southern Africa.
Zimbabwean journalists arrested for elephant poaching report
CAIRO---Egypt s civil
aviation ministry said
yesterday there were no
facts to substantiate
assertions by Russian
officials that the Russian
airliner that crashed in
Egypt s Sinai Peninsula
on Saturday broke up in
Mohamed Rahmi con-
firmed that no distress
call had been received
before the crash, which
left wreckage from the
Metrojet Airbus 321, car-
rying Russian holiday-
makers back to St Peters-
burg from the Red Sea
resort of Sharm el-
Sheikh, strewn over more
than two miles of desert.
Once investigations at
the site were completed,
they would focus on
analysing the contents of
the black box flight
lovers in shortage-
plagued Venezuela are
enjoying greasy French
fries at McDonald s fran-
chises here once again
after the side dish went
missing for 10 months.
McDonald's rolled out
the fries' comeback on
Monday with an ad cam-
paign including a count-
down on social media and
large banners at franchises
inviting customers to
swap their fried yuca, a
root crop also known as
cassava, for the real thing.
are driven in part by the
country's tight currency
controls, which make it
hard to get dollars for
In scenes chillingly reminiscent
of the dark days of the Third
Reich, refugees were subjected to
abuse, firebombs and even
attacked with baseball bats as
opposition continues to spike
against Angela Merkel s open-
door policy to migrants.
The violence came ahead of a
potential flashpoint on Monday
when the first 500 refugees out of
a total of 750 were due to arrive
in the small eastern village of
Sumte that has just 102 residents.
A local neo-Nazi councillor there
is rubbing his hands with delight
at the propaganda victory bureau-
crats in Berlin appear to have hand-
In Meerane in the eastern state
of Saxony more than 100 right
wingers hurled fireworks at asylum
seekers and police as they attempt-
ed to prevent refugees moving into
In Magdeburg on Sunday morn-
ing a mob of 30 people, some car-
rying baseball bats, chased three
Syrians and beat them. Police
moved in to protect the men and
one neo-Nazi tried to club him to
the ground before he was subdued
with pepper spray.
The mob victims aged 26 and
35 all needed hospital treatment
for cuts and bruises.
In Freital there was another fire-
bomb attack against an apartment
building housing eight migrants.
The bomb exploded against the
bedroom window of a resident
who was wounded with shrapnel
in the face.
Merkel called the emergency
talks after her Bavarian ally, Horst
Seehofer of the CSU, threatened
her with unspecified consequences
if she did not take action to limit
the number of newcomers arriving
While most Germans initially
backed Merkel's open-doors policy
for those fleeing war and perse-
cution, a growing backlash has
piled pressure on the chancellor
and exposed rifts within her con-
...firebombs used in chilling attack
Nine of the 33 miners who in 2010 were trapped
by a rockfall in a mine in Chile for 69 days before
being rescued are suing their lawyers.
The group accuses the lawyers of cheating them
out of money.
The lawyers negotiated the rights relating to
films, TV series and books based on the miners'
The plaintiffs allege that they were badly advised
by the lawyers, who they say conned them into
signing away their rights.
The plaintiffs said that lawyers Remberto Rodrigo
Valdes and Fernando Garcia "misled the 33, making
them believe they would manage their own com-
pany, only to harm them and appropriate monies
that rightfully belonged to them."
Chile miners sue
lawyer for fraud over
BUCHAREST---Thousands marched through the
Romanian capital yesterday to protest against
the government following a fire in a Bucharest
nightclub that left at least 32 people dead.
More than 10,000 marched down the city's main
boulevards and then massed outside the government
offices yesterday evening calling for the resignation
of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, Interior Minister
Gabriel Oprea and the mayor of the district where
the Colectiv nightclub was located.
Anger has been brewing for some time in Roma-
nia against the government, which many perceive
as being corrupt, and Friday's fire has added to
the discontent. The protesters, who briefly scuffled
with anti-riot police, are demanding that authorities
punish people deemed responsible for the blaze,
the deadliest of its kind in the country's history.
against govt after
An overcrowded bus skidded off a road yes-
terday in Nepal and plunged down a hill, killing
at least 30 people and injuring 35 more, a gov-
ernment official said.
People were riding on the roof of the packed
bus when it tilted over---apparently because of the
excess number of passengers---on a gravel road,
said Shiva Ram Gelal, chief district government
officer in Nepal's Rasuwa district. The vehicle then
slid about 650 feet down a hill.
A fuel shortage in Nepal has hit public trans-
portation hard, leading to fewer vehicles in service.
As a result, those that are running are more likely
to carry more riders than they should, the gov-
ernment official said. (CNN)
Bus tilts, plunges
down a hill, kills 30
A Palestinian woman paints a mural, depicting a masked Palestinian holding a knife, in support of
Palestinians committing stabbing attacks against Israelis, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday.
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