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Police probe tooth thief

Thomas Vecsey of the Vienna state prosecutor’s office said authorities were considering filing charges against a man suspected of breaking into the graves of waltz king Johann Strauss Jr and German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms and taking their teeth. Both are buried in Vienna. Vecsey said on Friday that suspicions first arose in 2008, but investigators determined that any crime fell under the statute of limitations. New evidence other graves might have been disturbed has led to the probe’s reopening. The Austria Press Agency said prosecutors consider a Slovak man a person of interest. Prosecutors did not name the suspect nor suggest any potential motivation for the alleged thefts.


Head found in park

Police found what appears to be a human head in a park in Montreal and are investigating whether it is the missing head of a Chinese student who they say was dismembered by a Canadian porn actor, an official said on Sunday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the details. Luka Magnotta is accused of dismembering his lover, Lin Jun (林俊), and mailing the body parts to political parties and schools. He pleaded not guilty last month. Lin’s head is the only remaining body part unaccounted for. Montreal police spokesperson Anie Lemieux said investigators went to Park Angrignon on Sunday afternoon after the major crimes unit received a tip.


Aid workers rescued

Government troops have rescued four foreign aid workers held hostage, three days after they were seized from a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya, Colonel Abduallahi Moalim said yesterday. Government soldiers in the Lower Juber region that borders Kenya stopped a vehicle carrying supplies for the attackers on Sunday. The army seized three of the occupants who directed the force to the hostages, he said. They were being held near the border between the towns of Diff and Dhobley. Friday’s attack at the Dadaab refugee camp was the first abduction of foreigners from Kenya since its government sent troops into Somalia in October last year to crush an al-Qaeda-linked insurgency.


Foreign troops killed

A man in a police uniform on Sunday shot and killed three foreign troops in the south of the country, the US-led coalition said in a statement. It did not give any other details, including the nationalities of the three. The statement said the man was wearing the uniform of the Afghan National Civil Order Police and that the incident was under investigation. Their deaths bring to 218 the number of foreign troops killed so far this year.


Aung San Suu Kyi to rest

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has decided not to attend a new session of parliament this week to give herself time to recover from a grueling European tour, National League for Democracy spokesman Nyan Win said on Sunday. The 67-year-old, who returned on Saturday from a five-nation European tour after two weeks, had been scheduled to take her place in the legislature for the first time as an elected MP tomorrow, but had received permission not to attend the first week’s sessions. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will take time off from the parliament on June 4, [June] 5 and [June] 6 because she is too tired from the trip to Europe, but her health is OK,” he said.

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