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NETHERLANDS

Teenage killer jailed

A court on Monday jailed a teenage boy for stabbing a 15-year-old girl to death and trying to kill her father after she had allegedly posted derogatory comments about another girl on Facebook. The boy, identified as 15-year-old Jing Hua K, was jailed for a year and ordered to spend at least two years in a psychiatric facility for the Jan. 14 murder in Arnhem. The sentence is the maximum in the Netherlands for a minor. “The court is of the opinion the defendant deliberately killed” the girl, Joyce Hau, known as Winsie to her friends, as well as attempted to murder her father, judges said in a verdict which was posted online. Prosecutors told the court the murder happened after Hau had had a fight on the social networking site Facebook with a 16-year-old friend, who was identified as Polly W. Prosecutors said Polly’s boyfriend, 17-year-old Wesley C, then allegedly telephoned and spoke to Jing Hua K via Facebook to arrange the killing, and also allegedly discussed the possibility of killing Hau’s entire family. Jing Hua K went to Hau’s home, saying he had something to give her. When she came to the door, he repeatedly stabbed her with a knife and then attacked her father, scarring his face for life, the court heard.

UNITED STATES

‘Green Mile’ actor dies

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of a death row inmate in the 1999 drama The Green Mile, died on Monday, less than eight weeks after suffering a heart attack, a spokeswoman said. He was 54. Duncan died in Los Angeles, his fiancee, the reality television star Omarosa Manigault, said in a statement through Duncan’s publicist, Joy Fehily. Details on the cause of death were not released. He suffered a heart attack on July 13 and “never fully recovered,” Fehily said. With a commanding screen presence from his deep voice and hulking 1.96m frame, Duncan once dug ditches for the gas company in his native Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as an actor. He worked as a bodyguard and bouncer and played a few roles of that kind in film and television, before landing a small part in the 1998 movie Armageddon.

NIGERIA

Cocaine found in chicken

The roasted chickens had an unusual stuffing — US$150,000 worth of cocaine, police said. A mechanic who struggled in Brazil for more than six years had hoped the drugs would buy him a life of luxury in his native land, authorities said on Monday. “This was like a retirement plan for him,” said Mitchell Ofoyeju, spokesman for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. The accused was arrested over the weekend at the airport in Lagos after he came in from Sao Paulo with 2.6kg of cocaine, Ofoyeju said. Photos from the agency showed egg-shaped packages wrapped in gold aluminum foil and tucked into the browned chickens.

UNITED STATES

Cheeseburger breaks record

A Minnesota casino has cooked up a world-record bacon cheeseburger that’s 3m in diameter and weighs more than a tonne. The behemoth burger was served up Sunday at the Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton. It tipped the scales at 914km. Guinness Records representative Philip Robertson verified the record for biggest burger. A Duluth News Tribune report says the previous mark was a mere 400kg. Black Bear’s burger included 27kg of bacon, 23kg of lettuce, 23kg of sliced onions, 18kg of pickles and 18kg of cheese.

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