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CHINA

Dead pig numbers double

The number of dead pigs found in Shanghai’s main river doubled in two days to nearly 6,000, the government said, as officials from a nearby province blamed for the porcine deluge sought to deny it was the source. Shanghai had pulled 5,916 dead pigs out of the Huangpu River, which cuts through China’s commercial hub, the local government said in a statement late on Tuesday. Shanghai has pointed the finger at Jiaxing in the neighbouring province of Zhejiang, a major center for hog-raising, Shanghai media reported. Jiaxing officials said investigations were continuing, the Shanghai Daily reported yesterday. “We don’t exclude the possibility that the dead pigs found in Shanghai were from Jiaxing, but we are not absolutely sure,” a Jiaxing spokesman told a press conference.

INDIA

Five police killed in ambush

Five paramilitary police were killed yesterday in an ambush on security forces in the main city of Indian Kashmir carried out by two militants who were then shot dead, a senior officer said. “Five of our CRPF jawans [officers of the Central Reserve Police Force] were martyred,” a senior officer told reporters at the scene in the Bemina area of Srinagar, which is home to a camp for security forces and a police-run school. “We have neutralized two militants,” he added. Another six to seven police were injured in the attack.

TUNISIA

Two detained for rap video

Two people have been detained for insulting police by making a rap video describing them as dogs, in a case likely to fire debate over free speech under the new Islamist-led government. “The rap video posted on YouTube called the police dogs, and contains expressions and gestures that affect morals, and threaten the security of officers and magistrates,” the Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday in a statement. Mohamed Hedi Belgueyed and actress Sabrine Klibi were arrested on Sunday and appeared at the Court of First Instance in Ben Arous on Tuesday. The court decided to keep them in jail until their trial, the ministry added. A third rapper known as “weld el 15” is still being sought.

AUSTRIA

My son is no pope: mom

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn is one of the favorites for the papacy, but at least one Catholic from his country does not think he is qualified. His mom. Eleonore Schoenborn, 92, says her son is much too good-natured to deal with “the nastiness at the Vatican. He has enough to do dealing with the intrigues in Vienna.” Schoenborn also named other reasons for her opposition in an interview published in Tuesday’s Kleine Zeitung newspaper. “It’s much too difficult for him. He has control of his diocese, but heading a world church is something else,” she said.

NETHERLANDS

‘Forced tongue kiss’ not rape

The Dutch Supreme Court narrowed its definition of rape on Tuesday, saying that a “forced tongue kiss” should no longer be considered among the worst forms of sexual assault. In one of the court’s more unusual cases, a panel overturned a lower court’s rape conviction of a man for forcing his tongue into the mouth of a woman in a hospital restroom. The court said that a forced kiss, while still illegal, is not as serious as forced sexual intercourse. Instead, the judges said that a forced kiss should be considered an indecent assault, which carries a maximum sentence of eight years, as opposed to rape, which has a maximum 12-year sentence.

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