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Tiger wins reprieve

A tiger that mauled a Hamilton Zoo keeper to death will not be put down because the attack was “in line with his natural instincts,” zoo officials said yesterday. Samantha Kudewah died on Sunday morning after the tiger, a Sumatran male called Oz, attacked her. The Hamilton Council, which runs the zoo, said Kudewah’s death was a tragedy, but there was nothing to gain from destroying the tiger. “Oz is a significant animal for his species. He is the father of our two cubs, and he is vital to the ongoing breeding program to conserve this rare species,” Lance Vervoort, the council’s community general manager, said in a statement.


Freed blogger flies to US

A prominent blogger who was jailed after she wrote about corruption in the police and judiciary has been released and left the country, the US embassy in Hanoi said yesterday. “We welcome the decision by Vietnamese authorities to release Ta Phong Tan,” embassy spokesman Terry White said. “She decided to travel to the United States after her release from prison.” Former police officer Ta Phong Tan, 47, was jailed for 10 years in 2012 for publishing “anti-state propaganda,” after she used her blog to highlight kickbacks and human rights abuses within the police force and court system.


Mediators offer proposals

Mediators on Sunday proposed new and more inclusive elections in November, though the military that seized power in a coup last week said it still wanted its general to lead the country during any transitional period. The slate of 13 proposals was released just hours after the hotel where the mediators were meeting was stormed by supporters of the military. The proposals, including the restoration of the transitional government that had been in charge and for elections to be held no later than Nov. 22, are to be presented today at a meeting in Nigeria of the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States.


Key firm on flag proposal

Prime Minister John Key yesterday admitted that he faces a challenge persuading his fellow citizens to change the national flag in a referendum after an opinion poll found overwhelming support for the existing banner. Key’s flag change proposal will be put to a vote later this year and he insisted there was still time to win over the public. “You’ve got to engage people, you’ve got to get them to think through the issues ... no one’s arguing it’s not a big challenge,” he said in a radio interview. A TV3 poll published on Sunday found 69 percent of respondents wanted to keep the current flag, which features the Union Jack in the corner. Only 25 percent of 1,000 respondents wanted a new flag, with 6 percent undecided. Key has made the flag reform issue his pet project since his conservative government won a third term late last year.


Fugitive brothers arrested

Former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother Mario Reyes, who are wanted for the 2011 murder of a radio anchor and prominent environmentalist, have been arrested in Thailand, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday. The Reyes brothers were arrested on Sunday by Thai police on Phuket and Thai immigration authorities were processing their deportation papers, she said. The brothers fled the country after being implicated in the murder of Gerardo Ortega on Jan. 24, 2011. They have denied the accusation.

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