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AUSTRALIA

Minister ‘liked’ ‘sneaky nuts’

A politician says he has learned a valuable lesson in social networking after he “liked” a Facebook photo without realizing that it showed a teenage prankster exposing himself. Western Australia Minister for Education Peter Collier said he clicked the “like” button under what he thought was an innocent photo of the then-16-year-old in late 2011. Collier apologized on Thursday and said he had no idea that the teen, who was otherwise fully clothed and posing alongside an older man, was playing a prank commonly known as “sneaky nuts.” The stunt was popularized by comedian Chris Lilley’s TV show Angry Boys, in which a character revels in ruining group photos by secretly exposing himself. Last year, administrators at a Catholic school in Canada scrambled to place stickers over a photo printed in all 1,300 class yearbooks of a student subtly exposing his genitals.

NORWAY

Couple raped their sons

A court on Thursday sentenced a couple to 17 years in prison for violence, rape and incestuous relations with their three sons, calling it the country’s worst sexual abuse case. A 39-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man had been accused of physical and sexual violence over two years, from a very young age, against the two boys born of their union and the third boy from a previous relationship by the mother. The boys, now aged six, seven and 17, live with separate foster families. The court in Oevre Romerike in southeast Norway based its guilty verdict on testimonies from the children given in about 20 hours of videos. The boys said they were denied food, beaten and locked up nude in the basement, raped and made to abuse each other.

GREECE

Russian boy stabbed

A young entertainer at an island hotel was charged on Thursday with attempted murder and theft for allegedly stabbing a Russian guest’s child 20 times after the 12-year-old confronted him over a theft. The savage attack at a popular resort on Crete drew broad condemnation in the tourism-reliant country, and hoteliers said they would cover the expenses of the boy’s family in Greece for as long as his treatment lasts. The Dutch suspect, who is 20, was formally accused by a prosecutor in the Cretan city of Iraklio and was jailed pending a court appearance next week. Police allege that the suspect on Tuesday stole the child’s laptop computer and cellphone. They say that when the boy saw him with the gadgets, the Dutchman allegedly led him to a parking area, repeatedly stabbed him and left him for dead.

RUSSIA

Babies’ corpses frozen

Police said on Thursday that they have detained a woman suspected of killing her newborn twins and hiding their bodies for five years in the walk-in freezer of a food store where she worked. Police in the Sverdlovsk region said they had detained a 30-year-old woman after finding the bodies of two babies in the industrial freezer of the central grocery store in the town of Verkhnyaya Pyshma, about 1,600km from Moscow. Investigators said the baby boys were apparently born alive, but died from freezing. The woman told investigators that the babies were born in 2008, but as she did not want them she placed them outside on her apartment balcony for a day and a night to kill them. She moved the babies’ bodies to the store’s freezer several weeks later, investigators said. The bodies were discovered on Tuesday by shop staff. The woman no longer worked at the store.

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