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Migratory birds massacred

More than 2 million migratory birds were killed last autumn to feed an illicit taste for the delicacy on the island, a conservationist group said yesterday. The survey by Birdlife Cyprus was carried out in the key season between September and October last year and estimates the number of birds indiscriminately trapped in nets or with limesticks. The group said its surveillance showed “a dramatic situation of this illegal activity sadly taking place,” with the number of mist nets used almost doubling in last year from the year before. It found about 16km of net supports active during autumn and more than 6,000 limesticks were reported from enforcement agencies and other non-governmental organizations. Limesticks are twigs covered in a sticky substance that instantly trap birds that alight onto them.


Captain under house arrest

A judge has ordered house arrest for the Chinese captain of a freighter stopped in port on Feb. 28 for carrying unregistered Cuba-bound weapons and materiel, a prosecutor said on Sunday. The captain will remain in Cartagena, monitored by authorities, while waiting for the investigation into the cargo to be completed, the prosecutor said. The Hong Kong-registered Da Dan Xia was loaded with undeclared military equipment, including about 100 tonnes of gunpowder, 99 projectile bases and 3,000 artillery cartridge cases, authorities said. The ship’s records said it was carrying grain products. Prosecutors said the captain will be charged with weapons trafficking.


Stowaway Chihuahua found

Transportation Security Administration officers say a woman’s seven-year-old Chihuahua sneaked into her suitcase and triggered a luggage screening alert at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport last week. Spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says the black, hard-sided suitcase was in a checked-baggage area on Tuesday when an unknown-contents alarm indicated an officer should inspect the case. Those unknown contents proved to be her beige and tan Chihuahua. The agency says the owner had no idea that her dog had crawled in and curled up while she was packing for a flight to Los Angeles. The woman’s husband came to the airport and took the dog home.


Albino boy loses hand

A six-year-old albino boy has had his right hand hacked off in the latest of a string of attacks against albinos, police said on Sunday. Baraka Cosmas was sleeping at home with his mother in the village of Kipenda, in the Rukwa region, when a gang of assailants stormed in late on Saturday, regional police commander Jacob Mruanda said. President Jakaya Kikwete last week blasted the wave of killings and attacks against albinos, whose body parts are used for witchcraft, as a “disgusting and big embarrassment for the nation.”


Greenpeace stunt halted

Police in Paris yesterday broke up a stunt by five Greenpeace activists who dangled from a bridge and unfurled banners on the Seine River that call for cuts in nuclear power. The stunt comes ahead of a parliamentary debate this week about the nation’s use of nuclear power. The banners showed a picture of President Francois Hollande and his campaign-trail pledge to reduce dependency on nuclear power from more than two-thirds of the nation’s energy production today.

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