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Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ are legally people, U.S. court rules

The federal court decision is believed to be the first such ruling of its kind in the United States, though it is unclear what impact it might have in Colombia.
  • Oct 26, 2021

Israel moves to ban six Palestinian rights groups it accuses of terrorism, prompting international outrage

The announcement was swiftly condemned by watchdogs in Israel and abroad, who say the designation is unsubstantiated and represents an attempt to muzzle prominent critics of the Israeli government.
  • Oct 23, 2021

Putin slams ‘cancel culture’ and trans rights, calling teaching gender fluidity ‘crime against humanity’

The authoritarian leader has sought to portray himself as a symbol of virile masculinity while ramping up a state-led pressure campaign on sexual minorities in Russia.
  • Oct 22, 2021

Prosecutors to challenge ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s 25-year prison sentence

Prosecutors had sought a life sentence for Paul Rusesabagina, whose heroism during the 1994 Rwandan genocide inspired the Hollywood movie. His trial was widely condemned as flawed by international observers.
  • Oct 21, 2021

Chinese city hunts for North Korean defector facing deportation who escaped from prison

Zhu Xianjian, who was apprehended by Chinese authorities within two days of crossing the border, faced deportation after his prison sentence and possible torture upon return to North Korea.
  • Oct 20, 2021

Chinese police say he killed two people in a land dispute. On the Internet, he was seen as another victim.

Ou Jinzhong's situation drew widespread sympathy, with many seeing him as having suffered from local government neglect until he was apparently pushed over the edge.
  • Oct 19, 2021

Killing of British lawmaker highlights risks to elected officials around the world

The security threat that lawmakers face varies around the world, but apart from the most senior elected officials, few receive round-the-clock protection.
  • Oct 16, 2021

Kenyan police called a suspected serial child killer a ‘vampire.’ A mob beat him to death after his escape.

Authorities said Masten Wanjala, whose alleged acts were splashed across Kenyan newspaper front pages, had confessed to the homicides of at least 10 children.
  • Oct 16, 2021

Firefighters scoured an Australian neighborhood looking for a gas leak. They found a durian instead.

Friday was not the first time Australian residents mistakenly alerted first responders after smelling the tropical fruit.
  • Oct 15, 2021

Wanted temporarily in post-Brexit Britain: 800 foreign butchers to slaughter some 120,000 pigs

The shortage of slaughterhouse workers has created what Britain’s pig lobby calls its biggest crisis in over two decades, with roughly 120,000 pigs waiting to be slaughtered.
  • Oct 15, 2021
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