40 pythons found in hotel
Little more than a week after a giant python crushed two young boys to death, police have recovered 40 of the snakes from a hotel room. The reptiles were found in several plastic storage bins on Thursday night in a room in Brantford, Ontario, where a couple who had been evicted from their home were staying, police said in a statement. Officers have opened a probe into the incident but they did not say where the couple were at the time or whether the pair would be charged with breaking local laws that prohibit owning pythons. The snakes, which ranged in length from 0.3m to 1.4m, were in poor health and have been taken in by the Canadian Society for the Protection of Animals, where a veterinarian is monitoring them. The find comes 11 days after Connor and Noah Barthe, aged six and four respectively, died in the eastern town of Campbellton, New Brunswick, when an African python escaped from its terrarium and killed them. The boys had been enjoying a sleepover with a friend, whose father’s private menagerie of exotic animals included the python.
Cuban migrants deported
The government says it has deported 24 Cuban migrants to their homeland amid protests by supporters in South Florida. The Department of Immigration issued a brief statement saying the 24 were “successfully repatriated to Havana” early on Friday. No mention was made of calls by Cuban-Americans for the migrants to be allowed to seek refuge elsewhere. The South Florida-based Democracy Movement says some of the 24 had apparently been offered asylum by Panama. The group said 43 Cubans were detained under harsh conditions in a migrant detention center and in the main prison of the nation east of Florida. The islands have become a transit zone for migrants, mostly from Haiti and Cuba, seeking to reach the US.
Scorned wife cuts off penis
A woman cut off her husband’s penis after she caught him cheating on her with a man, a report said on Friday. Upon learning of her husband’s indiscretion, the woman did not act at first, but days later proposed a sex game during which she tied him to their bed. As he lay still, she cut off his penis with a serrated knife, the G1 Web site of Globo TV reported. The act of revenge played out in Santos, which is 77km southeast of Sao Paulo. The organ could not be sutured back on because too much time had transpired, but the man’s life is not in danger. The woman has been arrested, G1 said.
‘White skin’ request riles
Aeromexico airline and its ad agency have apologized for a producer’s casting call for an ad that specified that only light-skinned people need apply. The population is largely dark-skinned, but TV ads routinely feature light-skinned actors, sparking accusations of discrimination. The commercial has not yet been made, but a casting call for actors specified “nobody dark skinned” and requested “white skin.” The Catatonia ad agency said this week it regretted the situation and that a third company that sent out the casting call had used inappropriate language. Aeromexico also apologized and blamed Catatonia for the “discriminatory attitude” of the casting call. Most of the population carry some Indian blood, but Indians have suffered persistent racial discrimination since the Spanish conquest in the early 1500s.