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AGENCIES

Two men were arrested in Abu Dhabi for swindling a large number of people with claims they possessed “magic powder” that doubled bank notes, a local newspaper reported on Sunday. The men would show their victims what they said were the supernatural powers of the powder, which if sprinkled over banknotes in a bag, would double the amount, the National cited the interior ministry as saying. After the victims handed over a large number of notes, the “magicians” would swap the money with fake notes covered with the powder, which lab tests showed consisted of flour and washing powder, the paper reported. “A massive number of people, not some, lost to them,” said Colonel Maktoum al-Sharifi, the director of the Criminal and Investigative Directorate, without saying how much money the men had swindled.

■PORTUGAL

Cash for unfulfilled wife

A woman was awarded 50,000 euros (US$70,000) in damages after an accident at work made her husband impotent and left her with an unfulfilled sex life, it was reported on Sunday. “I’d rather stay poor and do without the money, because no money in the world can match good health — but the verdict is just,” the wife was quoted as saying by Publico newspaper. The country’s top court ruled that the husband had suffered fits of jealousy that greatly harmed their marriage since the 2001 accident. The then 29-year-old truck driver was struck by one of his employer’s vehicles — an accident for which he had already received 370,000 euros damages in a separate court case.

■GERMANY

Schreiber extradited

Businessman Karlheinz Schreiber was expected to arrive yesterday to face charges related to a party financing scandal surrounding former chancellor Helmut Kohl, after losing a decade-long fight to avoid extradition from Canada. Bavaria’s state Justice Ministry said the 75-year-old would arrive in Munich yesterday morning aboard a flight from Toronto, and would then be taken into custody in Augsburg, where prosecutors accuse him of bribery and tax evasion. Schreiber is viewed as a key figure in a corruption scandal that engulfed Kohl after he left office.

■RUSSIA

Militants kill five police

An Interior Ministry spokesman said militants in Chechnya had shot dead five police officers and wounded six others in an ambush. Magomed Deniyev of the Interior Ministry’s branch in Chechnya said the attack occurred late on Sunday in the Shatoi region. Deniyev said yesterday that six other police officers were wounded when militants fired at their vehicles as they drove through a narrow mountain gorge. Chechnya has become more stable under the Kremlin-backed regional president Ramzan Kadyrov after two separatist wars over the last 15 years, but Islamic militants have continued to stage regular raids.

■SOMALIA

Pirates free tugboat, crew

Pirates released a Malaysian tugboat and its 11 Indonesian crew members after a ransom was paid, ending an eight-month ordeal, a Kenya-based maritime watchdog group said yesterday. “The Malaysian tugboat TB Masindra 7 with its attached Indonesian barge ADM1 is free,” the non-governmental organization Ecoterra International said in a statement. “The all-Indonesian crew of 11 seafarers is said to be all right, given the circumstances after the presently second longest sea-jacking case,” it said.

■UNITED STATES

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