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AUSTRALIA

‘Carmen’ banned by sponsor

An opera company is being criticized for banning as part of a sponsorship deal any performances of Carmen because the 140-year-old French opera depicts smoking. For two years West Australian Opera will not stage the popular opera about a Spanish gypsy named Carmen who works in a cigar factory. The ban lasts the duration of a A$400,000 (US$355,000) sponsorship deal with a state government health promotion agency, Healthway. The deal begins in March next year and was revealed in the media on Wednesday. It has split Australians among those who complain of a nanny state and those who applaud its positive public health message. Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday condemned the deal as “political correctness gone crazy.”

CHINA

Putin’s tiger crosses border

An endangered Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has become Moscow’s latest export to China, after the beast wandered over the border in search of a meal, Chinese state-run media said on Thursday. The animal, named Kuzya, was among three Siberian tigers set free by the Russian president in May and it has crossed a river forming the border between the two countries, Xinhua news agency reported. Local officials told Xinhua that Kuzya — a male tagged with a tracking device — would have no shortage of food in his new home, adding: “If necessary, we can release cattle into the region to feed it.” The report said local officials are scrambling to capture the wandering big cat on camera and locate its precise whereabouts, while removing hunting traps which might bring its roaming to a sharp end.

GUATEMALA

Court suspends judges

The nation’s highest court has suspended the swearing in of Supreme Court and appellate judges due to concerns that they were improperly selected. The justices are elected by the unicameral congress and allegations have arisen that the two largest parties divided up the positions between themselves. Constitutional Court president Gloria Porras said on Thursday that the tribunal considers the allegations serious enough to warrant a temporary stay while they are examined. She said it will be several days before a final decision is reached. Current justices will remain in the meantime. Judges who were elected in the vote said at a news conference that the suspension amounted to a technical coup against the judicial system.

MEXICO

3rd arrest in Shabazz death

Police have made a third arrest in last year’s beating death of Malcolm X’s grandson following a dispute over a bar bill, authorities said on Thursday. Mexico City prosecutors said in a statement that suspect Juan Dircio Guzman was detained in Nezahualcoyotl, near the capital. He was expected to appear before a judge to face charges of homicide and robbery. Malcolm Shabazz, the 28-year-old grandson of the assassinated US political activist, was reportedly attacked in the early hours of May 9 last year while with a friend at the Palace bar on Mexico City’s Garibaldi Plaza. Prosecutors said Shabazz was beaten and robbed by bar staff for reportedly refusing to pay a US$1,200 tab. Two waiters were arrested soon after Shabazz’s death. Prosecutors identified Dircio Guzman on Thursday as the bar’s head waiter and said he is also suspected of taking part in the assault.

UNITED STATES

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