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Poachers kill rhinoceros

Poachers shot dead a rhinoceros at a wildlife park in the northeast hours after Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, visited the sanctuary, a wildlife official said yesterday. Rangers found the dead rhino with its horn missing on Thursday — the day the royal couple left the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, home to two-thirds of the planet’s remaining one-horned rhinos. “Poachers used AK-47 assault rifles to kill the adult male rhino and after killing the pachyderm they took away its horn,” senior forest officer Subasish Das said. It was the second rhino killing in the past four days.


Runaway chimp survives fall

A runaway chimpanzee was shot with a tranquilizer gun only to hang precariously from a power line before falling to the ground and surviving in a drama shown live on national television. The chimp, 24-year-old Chacha, was more fortunate than a zebra that escaped from a Tokyo zoo last month, its bid for freedom ending in death when it collapsed in a water trap after also being shot with a tranquilizer. The chimp had escaped from Sendai Yagiyama Zoological Park.


Stolen Dutch paintings found

Authorities on Thursday said they had recovered four 17th-century paintings that were stolen a decade ago from a Dutch museum and whose alleged presence in the hands of an ultranationalist Ukrainian militia had sparked a row. They said the four paintings are part of a group of 24 Dutch Golden Age masterpieces that went missing from the Westfries Museum in 2005. At the time of their disappearance, the paintings were valued at a total of 10 million euros (US$11 million). “We have found several paintings that were stolen from the Dutch museum,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin said at a press conference. Klimkin did not explain how authorities had retrieved the missing paintings, but said the works had been “in the possession of criminal groups.”


Priceless jewels recovered

Art detectives on Thursday said they had recovered precious jewels stolen in a 2013 heist organized by a wealthy Russian woman with a penchant for gold. The jewel-encrusted gold pieces, made by Italy’s Castellani — which rose to fame in the 19th century for recreating jewelry found in archeological digs and embellishing them with gems or mosaics — were snatched from Rome’s Villa Giulia museum. “It’s a great day, now the gold returns to the museum,” Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini said. The Russian woman, who was not named, had been planning to smuggle the stolen earrings, bracelets and necklaces to Saint Petersburg, police said, but was spooked by the publicity surrounding the robbery.

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