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DENMARK

Eatery makes clients sick

More than 60 customers who dined at one of the world’s top restaurants say they got viral gastroenteritis from eating there last month. The local food authority says it ordered a cleanup and safer handling of food at Noma, which has two Michelin stars and is a three-time winner of the world’s top restaurant in the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The government agency said on Friday that it had investigated the restaurant in Copenhagen, after complaints from 63 customers who had eaten there during one week last month. It was not immediately clear what food had caused the infection. Restaurant manager Peter Kreiner said they were trying to track the source of the infection. The restaurant is widely known for cuisine that relies heavily on fresh, locally sourced products.

SOUTH AFRICA

‘Dragging’ police deny guilt

Nine policemen told a court on Friday they were not guilty of murdering a Mozambican immigrant who was dragged behind a police van and then brutally beaten to death. The group are accused of killing Mido Macia, a 27-year-old taxi driver, who died in police custody on Feb. 26 after being confronted for parking his taxi on the wrong side of the road. Bystanders filmed Macia being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of the van and dragged hundreds of meters in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg. Just more than two hours later he was found dead in his cell. According to a post-mortem report, Macia suffered extensive injuries, causing his death. Police had initially claimed he was killed in a fight in his cell. According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, the police’s main watchdog, nearly 1,000 people died last year in police custody or as a result of police action.

UNITED STATES

Man fined for laughing

A man from Long Island, New York, is facing up to 30 days in jail and a US$500 fine after a neighbor complained to police he was laughing too loudly, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Police issued Robert Schiavelli, 41, two tickets for disturbing the peace for laughing out the window of his home in Rockville Center on Long Island at about 6pm on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, his lawyer said.

AFGHANISTAN

Bicycle bomb kills eight

An official says at least eight civilians have been killed by a suicide bomber outside the Defense Ministry as US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the capital, saying it was meant as a warning to the US defense chief. Pentagon spokesman George Little says the secretary was in a briefing at a US-led military coalition facility in another part of the city when the explosion occurred. Defense Ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi says a bicycle bomber struck just before 9am about 30m from the ministry’s main gate. Another spokesman from the Afghan police criminal investigation division, says at least eight civilians were killed and others were wounded.

CANADA

Group wins land claim case

Manitoba Metis won a historic victory on Friday, when the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had failed to properly hand out land grants promised to the indigenous group 142 years ago. The 6-2 decision opens the door to claims by the Manitoba Metis Federation to 566,560 hectares of land that now includes the province’s capital, Winnipeg. The land was promised in the Manitoba Act, a law passed in 1870 to prevent a rebellion by the Metis, mixed-race descendants of First Nations indigenous people and European immigrants. It was eventually distributed via a lottery that largely benefited European settlers. “The federal Crown failed to implement the land grant provision ... in accordance with the honor of the Crown,” the Supreme Court said in its decision. “This was not a matter of occasional negligence, but of repeated mistakes and inaction that persisted for more than a decade.”

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