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KENYA

Husband forgives hit attempt

A woman has been spared jail for hiring hitmen to kill her husband after the couple promised a judge that they had patched up their differences, reports said on Friday. Businesswoman Faith Wairimu Maina walked to freedom after her husband, John Muthee, said he had forgiven her for trying to have him shot in the head and dumped in a ditch. “I want to forgive her for the sake of our children and family,” the Daily Nation newspaper quoted Muthee as telling a Nairobi magistrate. “She is my wife and the mother of my children,” he told the court. The woman was arrested when she handed 40,000 shillings (US$450) to undercover policemen as a down payment on the job. Citizen News TV said the woman wanted him shot in the head three times, and had promised to pay a further 160,000 shillings upon the recovery of her husband’s bloodstained clothes and his bank card pin numbers. Detectives said it was at least her second and possibly third attempt at having her allegedly unfaithful husband eliminated, and that an earlier contract flopped when the would-be assassins got cold feet and ran off with the deposit.

Greece

Gang abandons drugs stash

Police are looking for a drug-smuggling gang that abandoned an 830kg stash of marijuana on a southern beach. A police statement says the drugs were found early on Thursday near the port town of Kyllini, in the Peloponnese region, about 250km southwest of Athens. The marijuana was packaged in 56 bundles. Police are investigating whether a vehicle found nearby had been used by the unknown smugglers. Police said the drugs did not appear to have been washed ashore, but it was unclear whether they had been brought in by sea or were supposed to have been picked up by boat and shipped elsewhere. The packages were found following a tip-off. Police did not give an estimate for the stash’s street value

Finland

Flight 666 to HEL booked

Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. However, Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki — which has the 3 letter designation HEL — did not seem too bothered. Friday’s flight was almost full. “It has been quite a joke among the pilots” said veteran Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto, who was to fly the Airbus A320 from Copenhagen to Helsinki. “I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.” The daily flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki falls on Friday the 13th twice this year. Friday the 13th is considered bad luck in many countries and the number 666 also has strong negative biblical associations.

Turkey

First gay man runs for office

A 43-year-old man is to become the first openly gay candidate to stand for office in the nation, local media said yesterday. Can Cavusoglu announced he would run for mayor as an independent candidate in Bulancak, a town of 60,000 people on the Black Sea, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. The US-educated activist and Istanbul native wants to become the first gay mayor in majority-Muslim nation, where homosexuality is not illegal, but remains frowned upon outside urban centers.

Cavusoglu describes himself as a gay activist who also campaigns for women’s rights, and “a thinker, painter, writer” who hopes to attract American investment to the town if elected.

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