A pensioner has opened a zoo like no other: One filled with dozens of abandoned stuffed animals. Tibor Marko, a 70-year-old retired construction worker and grandfather, told reporters the idea behind his inanimate menagerie sprang from his own reluctance to dispose of his adult children’s teddy bears. Then, “about a year-and-a-half ago, a friend gave me an old teddy bear and several other animals, and told me to do something with them. That’s when I thought the old toys could bring joy to other children,” he said. “The first animals got stolen, but now all the neighbors bring me their old toys and my wife helps me arrange them,” he said at the garden where they also tend the flowers. The zoo — which has no cages, fences, entry fees or closing hours — has been a hit with neighbors young and old. “I come here often with my two-year-old daughter, she likes to play with the animals a lot,” local resident Maria said.
More corpses found
The number of bodies found in 22 clandestine graves in the west of the country has risen to 42, after five more corpses were found over the weekend. Many of the bodies have been found bound or gagged. Some showed signs of torture, according to a federal prosecutor who spoke on Monday on condition of anonymity. The graves are in La Barca, in a remote area by Lake Chapala, which is popular among tourists and US retirees. Local police officers who confessed to working with a drug cartel led agents to the mass graves last week near the border between Jalisco and Michoacan states. The area is the site of a turf war between the Knights Templar and the New Generation cartels.
Uranium is from abroad
A kilogram of uranium seized as it was allegedly being sold likely originated from a nuclear enrichment plant outside the continent, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) said on Monday. The agency, which tested the material, confirmed that the substance was unenriched uranium and added it likely came from somewhere where enrichment is taking place. “Yes, it is uranium and the tests suggest that it must have come from a country that is dealing with some uranium enrichment at the moment, very, very unlikely [in] Africa,” NECSA spokesman Elliot Mulane said. China, Iran, Japan, North Korea and the US are among more than a dozen countries involved in uranium enrichment. Two men in their early 20s were arrested in possession of the uranium while allegedly trying to sell it in Durban on Nov. 14, officials said.
Gunmen kill instructor
Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a Belarussian military instructor in the capital yesterday, a police source said. The source said two instructors, who worked with the army, were shot as they left a hotel where they were staying in the southern part of the capital. Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV reported that one adviser was killed and another was wounded in the attack. “Two citizens of Belarus working in Yemen on private contracts were attacked near the entrance of the Amsterdam hotel in central Sana’a,” Russian embassy spokesman Nikolai Lyagushin told Interfax. “One of them was killed and the other seriously injured.” A spokesman for the Belarussian foreign ministry in Minsk said officials were still checking the Russian embassy’s report.