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Suspected spy pigeon held

Police on Friday said they have detained a pigeon near the heavily militarized border with Pakistan on suspicion that it was being used for espionage. Police said they had X-rayed the bird to see whether it was carrying anything suspicious after a villager spotted a stamp under its feathers that bore Urdu script and the name of a Pakistani district. “We sent the bird to a polyclinic where X-ray scans were done to see if there is any spy camera, transmitter or hidden chip,” senior police superintendent Rakesh Kaushal told reporters by telephone. “Until now, there is no evidence to suggest that it is a spy bird, but as long as we are not able to decipher what is written in Urdu, we cannot be absolutely sure.” Kaushal said police alerted intelligence services about the pigeon found in Punjab.


Apple I worth US$200,000

A recycling center in the Silicon Valley is looking for a woman who dropped off an old Apple computer that turned out to be a collectible worth US$200,000. The computer was inside boxes of electronics that she had cleaned out from her garage after her husband died, Clean Bay Area vice president Victor Gichun said. She did not want a tax receipt or leave her contact information, and it was not until a few weeks later that workers opened the boxes to discover an Apple I computer. The San Jose Mercury News reports that it was one of about 200 first-generation desktop computers assembled by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne in 1976. “We really could not believe our eyes. We thought it was fake,” Gichun told KNTV-TV. The recycling firm sold the Apple I for US$200,000 to a private collection, and because the company gives 50 percent of items sold back to the original owner, Gichun said he wants to split the proceeds with the mystery donor. He said he remembers what she looks like and is asking her to come back to claim her US$100,000 check.


Meteorite heist interrupted

Police detained four people suspected of trying to steal more than a tonne of protected meteorites, authorities said on Saturday. Three Argentine nationals and a Paraguayan were held over the unusual alleged heist near General Pinedo, in the northern province of Chaco, national police said. Police said they found 215 large chunks of meteorites stashed under the seats of a vehicle during a random truck stop. One area of Chaco, Campo del Cielo (“Heavenly Field”), was pelted by a major meteor shower about 4,000 years ago, scientists say.


Islamic State suspect held

Police arrested a suspected member of the Islamic State group in Dhaka, a senior officer said yesterday, following the detention days earlier of two other suspects, including an IT manager at a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co. The suspect picked up on Saturday night was a coordinator for the extremist group in the nation, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Detective and Criminal Intelligence Division Deputy Commissioner Shaikh Nazmul Alam told Reuters. “We arrested him with hundreds of training related videos for extremists, and also a large number of books on al-Qaeda and the Islamic State translated into Bangla,” Alam said. Police said the detained man was Abdullah al-Galib, a former member of Hizbut Tahrir, and a follower of the Ansarullah Bangla Team, two militant Muslim groups in Bangladesh. “We have been following him for a long time and arrested him yesterday night from Banani, a posh area of the city,” Alam said.

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