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German captive released in northern Afghanistan

A German national kidnapped by Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz has been released, police confirmed on Friday. The German citizen, working with the development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), was abducted by the Taliban some 45 days ago while travelling in a taxi from Kunduz …

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Elephant killed 2km from anti-poaching workshop

Poachers in north-western Zimbabwe killed and sawed the tusks off an elephant just 2km away from where a workshop on elephant conservation and management had taken place, a conservation group reported on Wednesday. The elephant was one of two more discovered killed on Tuesday in the Bumi Hills area on …

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Indonesian prisoner released early in name mix-up

Authorities on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali were hunting for a drug convict released from prison after confusion with a namesake, an official said on Tuesday. Chaerul Anam had served just half of his nine-year sentence at the Kerobokan prison when he was released on May 15 instead of another …

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Surgeon plans first head transplant

An Italian surgeon claims he will be ready to undertake a head transplant in 2017, although colleagues elsewhere doubt the technical feasibility of the operation, quite apart from the ethical nightmare that will result if it goes wrong. Turin neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is to present his case to the American …

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More questions than answers in California oil spill

Tens of thousands of litres of spilled oil from a broken underground pipeline threatened protected waters and wildlife on California’s southern coast Wednesday, as US federal and local authorities rushed to contain its spread. The spill has blackened white sands at Refugio State Beach, near the coastal city of Santa …

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Indonesian fishermen rescue 370 migrants

Indonesian fishermen on Wednesday rescued more than 370 migrants, many from Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, a rescue official said.  They were evacuated from two boats off Aceh province, said Khairul Nova, the chief of the search and rescue agency in the town of Langsa. “They were dehydrated, hungry and very weak,” Khairul said. …

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39 bombs rock southern Thailand

Up to 39 explosions injured 22 people over three days in Thailand’s restive southern province of Yala, an army official said on Monday. “There were 36 to 39 bombs from Thursday to Saturday,” said a spokesperson for the Internal Security Operations Command. Most victims suffered minor injuries, but two remained …

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Safety calls after dozens die in Philippines fire

International organisations on Friday called for higher safety standards at workplaces in the Philippines after a footwear factory was destroyed by fire, killing at least 72 workers. “Once again, we find ourselves mourning workers whose lives have been cut short as a result of workplace accidents,” said Guy Ryder, director …

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