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SOUTH AFRICA

Fridge suspect blames wife

A Danish man accused of storing female genitalia in his freezer in Bloemfontein has told a Danish newspaper that the 21 pieces of mutilated flesh belong to his estranged wife. The man dismissed the accusations against him as “totally unfounded,” adding “it is my wife who keeps these kinds of things … it is her fridge.” He told the Ekstra Bladet that “I have never ever committed anything criminal in South Africa.” He was interviewed at the gun shop that he owns while police searched the store. He said his wife had befriended witchdoctors. He also said that he was allowed to photograph women being circumcised while visiting remote mountainous regions of neighboring Lesotho, where he owns a second gun shop. Police have accused the man of keeping the genitalia as trophies. He has been charged with sexual assault, intimidation and breaking medical laws.

AUSTRALIA

Rare wallabies spotted

Rare black-flanked rock wallabies have been spotted in Kalbarri National Park for the first time in 20 years. Two of the 45cm-high marsupials, also knowns as warru or black-footed rock-wallaby, were photographed in a gorge by rock climber Remi Vignals last month. Western Australian Minister for Environment and Heritage Albert Jacob said it was clear the notoriously shy animals had been living unseen in the national park since they were last sighted in 1995, because the nearest known population was 450km inland. The exact number of black-flanked rock wallabies in the wild is not known, but they are listed as a vulnerable species. There are 14 known populations in Western Australia.

CHINA

Ex-minister faces trial

Former deputy sports minister Xiao Tian (肖天), who once sat on the nation’s Olympics Committee, will be prosecuted for graft after an investigation found he abused his position and took bribes, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said yesterday. Xiao abused his position to get his wife promotions, took bribes, spent government money on banquets and had private companies arrange for him to play golf, the commission said. He has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party, it said.

THAILAND

Defense seeks more time

Lawyers for two Burmese migrant workers accused of killing two British tourists on Koh Tao yesterday asked for more time to prove the pair were scapegoats innocent of the brutal, high-profile murders. Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun are on trial for the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller. Lawyers are trying to convince the judge that the two men were framed by police under pressure to solve a case. The defense tentatively had until today to wrap up its case, but chief lawyer Nakhon Chomphupat said there were problems convincing witnesses to testify as some feared retribution.

NEW ZEALAND

New flag option offered

Voters now have a fifth option to choose from when deciding whether to change the national flag after a popular campaign for a geometric design called “Red Peak” prompted lawmakers yesterday to change the rules. About 50,000 people signed a petition urging that the design be considered. Many people felt the original four designs did not offer enough choice, as three featured silver ferns. The flag that wins the November referendum is to face off against the current flag in a second vote in March.

UNITED STATES

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