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Peter Madsen: Danish inventor with a rocky past

COPENHAGEN: An eccentric inventor described as fanatical and foul-tempered, Peter Madsen’s career has been punctuated by stories of professional fallouts, mood swings and a willingness to go it alone. The Danish submarine maker is suspected in the death of Kim Wall, a Swedish journalist whose headless torso was recovered days after her disappearance while writing… Read More Peter Madsen: Danish inventor with a rocky past

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S. Africa's first online rhino horn auction sparks anger

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s first online auction of rhino horn opened Wednesday, despite conservation groups protesting that the legal, domestic sale would encourage poachers. The three-day selloff, organised by the owner of the world’s largest rhino farm, kicked off after a last-minute legal tussle pushed it back two days. “It has started,” a representative of Pretoria-based… Read More S. Africa's first online rhino horn auction sparks anger

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Cambodia orders US NGO to close, expels foreign staff

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia on Wednesday closed a prominent American NGO and ordered its foreign staff to leave the country, the latest salvo by Prime Minister Hun Sen against perceived critics before a general election next year. The order comes a day after the strongman premier threatened the Cambodia Daily, one of the country’s few remaining… Read More Cambodia orders US NGO to close, expels foreign staff

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Venezuela asks pope help, vaunts Russia ties versus US

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called Tuesday for Pope Francis’s support against a “military threat” from the United States, as international pressure mounts over the deadly political crisis Caracas is facing. “May the pope help us prevent Trump from sending troops to invade Venezuela,” Maduro told a news conference. “I ask for the pope’s help… Read More Venezuela asks pope help, vaunts Russia ties versus US

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Headless torso 'could be' journalist from Danish submarine

STOCKHOLM: The headless torso of a woman found floating in Danish waters could be that of a Swedish journalist who authorities believe died aboard an inventor’s homemade submarine, police said Tuesday. In a grisly case that has captured public imagination in both countries, Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been accused of the negligent manslaughter of… Read More Headless torso 'could be' journalist from Danish submarine

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Mass flight cancellations in Hong Kong as Typhoon Hato approaches

HONG KONG: Widespread flight cancellations were set to bring chaos to Hong Kong’s busy international airport as Typhoon Hato churns towards the city Tuesday. The weather observatory said the storm would pass within 100km of Hong Kong Wednesday morning, “posing considerable threat” to the territory. It warned of strong winds, rough seas and possible flooding… Read More Mass flight cancellations in Hong Kong as Typhoon Hato approaches

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UK academic journal to publish censored China articles

LONDON: Respected publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP) is to repost articles which were removed from its website in China at the request of authorities there, sparking anger, an editor said Monday. The China Quarterly journal will publish hundreds of articles on Chinese democracy that were censored last week, causing outrage in the academic community. The… Read More UK academic journal to publish censored China articles