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NEPAL

Man jailed for rape, murder

A court has sentenced a man to 35 years in prison for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, officials said yesterday, in a case that sparked outrage in the Himalayan nation. The girl had gone missing on Feb. 20 near her home in the town of Kalaiya and was found unconscious in a garbage dump the next day. She died in a hospital last week, prompting street protests in the capital, Kathmandu, and her hometown. Late on Tuesday, the Bara District Court sentenced Kanhaiya Gupta to 15 years in prison for the rape and 20 years for the murder after a short trial, the court said in a statement. The sentences are the maximum allowed.

NETHERLANDS

IKEA bans hide and seek

IKEA has a message for people wanting to converge on its stores for giant games of hide and seek — go play someplace else. The phenomenon has taken off online, with 19,000 people signed up to a Facebook group promoting a game at IKEA’s Amsterdam branch next month. Another 13,000 signed up for a game in the IKEA store in the city of Utrecht, but the Swedish retail giant has bad news for folks wanting to hide among its room-like furniture displays — the numbers signing up are getting out of hand and the events have been blocked. “We have contacted these pages on social media and humbly asked them to have their hide and seek games somewhere else,” IKEA spokeswoman Martina Smedberg said in Sweden on Tuesday. “In general we are happy that our customers are playful and want to have fun together with friends and family, but unfortunately this hide and seek phenomenon has reached proportions where we can no longer guarantee the security of those who are playing, or our customers and employees.”

SOUTH AFRICA

Zimbabwean lynched

A Zimbabwean woman wrongly accused of killing a young boy was lynched by an angry mob in a shanty town near Pretoria. The woman was burned alive, while another man, also from Zimbabwe, managed to escape after police intervened, officials said on Tuesday. “The woman died when she was burnt alive by a mob, [while] the man was rescued by police and taken to hospital,” police spokeswoman Katlego Mogale said. “He was discharged [on] Monday night.” The incident took place on Friday last week near Pretoria after several days of tensions sparked by the death of an eight-year-old boy. The Zimbabwean pair had been accused of killing him through witchcraft. A probe revealed that the boy had been electrocuted. Three people arrested over the woman’s murder only face charges of public violence because “there were 500 people and more evidence is needed” to accuse the trio of lynching the victim, Mogale said.

UGANDA

Ivory shipment intercepted

Authorities said on Tuesday they had intercepted a Singapore-bound shipment of ivory hidden in metallic drums and labeled as shea butter. Fifty pieces of ivory were discovered in the drums, Wildlife Authority spokesman Jossy Muhangi said, adding that more are expected to be found. It is unclear what the total resale value of the haul was, Muhangi said. “The people who were trying to smuggle the ivory declared it as 1,000kg of shea butter, which they had spread around the pieces to avoid detection,” he added. Shea butter, an extract of the nut of the shea tree, is an ivory-colored fat often used in cosmetics. “The people who delivered the consignment ran away and we are hunting for them,” Muhangi said.

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