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INDONESIA

Man steals human remains

A man has admitted stealing human remains from graves to use in black-magic spells he believed would give him the power of flight and invisibility, police said on Monday. Police detained Resi Rokhis Suhana, 27, on Java on Sunday following reports that bones were stolen from graves, including those of twin babies. He was arrested in a banana plantation in Cilacap district in possession of bones, ripped white shrouds of the type used in Muslim burials, women’s underwear and a sickle, police said. “In preliminary questioning, he admitted robbing the graves to perfect a magical power called ‘Ultimate Magical Knight,’” police chief Andry Triaspoetra said. Following his arrest, Suhana was admitted to hospital to evaluate his mental health. Some still believe in black magic in the Muslim-majority nation. In 2003, a man was arrested for eating the flesh of a freshly buried old woman in what he believed was part of a ritual to make him invincible.

NEW ZEALAND

Kiwi probably an Aussie

In a finding likely to be a bitter blow for many New Zealanders, researchers have found the country’s iconic kiwi bird probably descended from an ancestor that flew in from Australia. Paleontologist Trevor Worthy of Adelaide’s Flinders University said fossilized remains suggested the flightless bird did not evolve from the extinct giant moa, as has long been assumed. Instead, he said an ancestor of the kiwi dating back 20 million years discovered in the South Island was more closely related to another giant flightless bird, the emu, which is still common in Australia. Worthy said it was not uncommon for birds to “jump” from Australia to New Zealand. New Zealanders have long complained about their trans-Tasman neighbors appropriating everything from champion race horse Phar Lap to actor Russell Crowe, and any Australian claim to the kiwi is likely to intensify the rivalry.

THAILAND

Bangkok mall tops list

Sure, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon have inspired many photographs, but a shopping mall in Bangkok has claimed this year’s crown as the world’s most photographed location on Instagram. In its top 10 year-end list, the photo-sharing app dubbed Siam Paragon as the planet’s most “Instagrammed” spot this year. It edged out No. 2 Times Square and No. 3 Disneyland, California, on the list that also includes New York’s Central Park and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Paris’ iconic steel tower got bumped off the list. The luxury mall is not exactly a world-famous landmark, but the mall is a trendy meeting place that claims to have more than 100,000 visitors a day. Suthasinee Tilokruanochai said her friends upload multiple pictures from every visit to the mall. “If you go to the Eiffel Tower, you go once. You take a picture and you leave,” said Suthasinee, a 22-year-old engineering student. “We come here every day after school.”

SERBIA

Suspected thieves blown up

Two suspected scrap-metal thieves trespassing on a testing field for an ammunition factory were killed when they set off a landmine, police said on Monday. The bodies of two men were found early on Monday, police said, refusing to reveal more details pending an investigation. Local media reported a group of four men cut through a fence into the testing ground of the Sloboda factory near the central town of Cacak late on Sunday, looking for unused ammunition to be sold as scrap metal. The two others reportedly fled after seeing their colleagues blown up.

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