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More countries now executioners

Published 29/03/2011 | 05:00

THE number of countries executing convicts rose to 23 in 2010, four more than in 2009, Amnesty International said in a new report.

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Globally, Amnesty said at least 527 executions were carried out in 2010. But Amnesty estimates China killed thousands of convicts in 2010.

Police hold 'dead or alive' poster dad

A 19-year-old Californian girl dating a 33-year-old registered sex offender called police after her father allegedly put posters around her college campus offering $3,000 (€2,129) for the boyfriend's body -- "dead or alive".

The posters included the boyfriend's name and picture, identifying him as a convicted sex criminal. The dad was arrested and held by police.

Squirrel gets toilet break from Goose

A British entrepreneur has told of his surprise at finding a squirrel in his toilet bowl.

Duncan Goose was in Malawi when he came to the animal's rescue and set it free. The flush 42-year-old, whose company produces toilet roll, got a shock when he lifted the toilet lid in his hotel room to discover the squirrel.

Burglar's chase doesn't end well

A burglar who was chased away from the scene of a break-in was caught by police after falling 30 feet down a well.

The 21-year-old from Halifax, West Yorkshire, called the emergency services himself after he fell down the uncovered, five-foot wide hole.

Man cries fowl in rooster attack

A man who says he was attacked by a rooster at a US animal centre is seeking more than $50,000 (€35,497) for his injuries.

Mark Lovett says his injuries were caused when the territorial chicken repeatedly pecked at his right leg as he was putting up a fence at a ranch in Illinois.

Zoo rattled as snake escapes

The Reptile House at New York's Bronx Zoo was closed after a poisonous Egyptian cobra disappeared from its enclosure.

Zoo officials immediately secured the building after staff learned that the 20-inch adolescent snake was missing, It has not yet been located.

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