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■ Australia

Elephant import put on hold

Two zoos agreed yesterday to delay the import of eight Asian elephants from Thailand pending a legal bid by animal welfare groups to halt the move. Last week, the Australian government approved an application from Sydney's Taronga Zoo and the Melbourne Zoo to import the endangered pachyderms to stock a captive breeding program that one prominent critic has slammed as "commercial enterprise dressed up as conservation." The Humane Society International and other groups filed an appeal against the government's decision, saying that moving the animals to zoos would be detrimental to their well-being and that the proposed breeding program will do nothing to enhance the conservation of the species.

■ India

Advani re-charged

A court yesterday charged former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani with rioting and inciting Hindu mobs to demolish a 16th century mosque. The court, in the northern town of Rae Bareilly, decided there was enough evidence to re-try Advani, now India's top opposition leader, and leaders of his party over the destruction of the Babri mosque, after the case was initially acquitted in 2003. The religious rioting after its destruction killed more than 2,000 people. Advani has rejected the allegations and says the case is politically motivated.

■ United States
Child killer gets death

Convicted child killer and rapist Marcus Wesson was sentenced to death on Wednesday for murdering nine of his children and grandchildren. The California man, portrayed by prosecutors as a cult leader who claimed to be Jesus, was found guilty last month of nine counts of first-degree murder and 14 sex crimes, including raping and molesting his underage daughters. Wesson, 58, fathered all of the victims, aged one to 26, with his wife, daughters and nieces. Each was shot once in or near the eye. Wesson appeared stoic with his arms folded in front of him as the California Superior Court judge upheld the jury's recommendation of the death penalty.

■ Austria

Nude exhibition to be held

Vienna's Leopold Museum has invited the public to come in the nude on Friday to view an exhibition of erotic works by Austrian masters like Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. "At this time of the year, people prefer the beach to museums because there they get to take their clothes off. So we thought they find this an attractive proposition," Verena Dahlitz said. The more bashful could wear bathing suits, she added. The exhibition titled "The Naked Truth: Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka and other scandals" showcases nude portraits by Austrian artists that scandalized the country at the turn of the last century and have in many cases retained their shock value.

■ Uganda

Political referendum held

Ugandans chose whether or not to allow multiparty politics in the East African country in a referendum yesterday, the first step in reforming the country's constitution, which forbids political parties from campaigning in elections. President Yoweri Museveni banned multiparty politics when he came to power in 1986, insisting political parties were tribally-based and responsible for years of partisan violence and civil war.

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