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Circus drops fish swallower

A Russian circus touring Australia dropped an act in which a performer swallows a live fish then regurgitates it after complaints that it was in poor taste and inhumane.

Great Moscow Circus said the fish-gobbling part of the show was removed after the New South Wales state government informed it that the act breached animal protection laws.

The act was brought to the attention of authorities by some circus patrons who lodged official complaints about animal cruelty.



Barbados PM's hospital flight

The prime minister of Barbados left the Caribbean island once again to seek medical attention in the US for an undisclosed illness just one week after he returned from receiving treatment.

David Thompson said in a live radio broadcast from New York that he experienced complications over the weekend.

Mr Thompson revealed in May that he underwent testing for stomach pains. He temporarily stepped down in July for a two-month leave of absence.



Leader of Cuba aid group dies

The Reverend Lucius Walker, who led an annual pilgrimage of US aid volunteers to Cuba in defiance of Washington's nearly half-century-old trade embargo, has died of a heart attack in New York. He was 80.

Mr Walker headed the non-profit Pastors for Peace, which since 1992 brought tons of supplies to Cuba via Mexico and Canada -- everything from walkers and wheelchairs to computer monitors and clothes.

A statement on the group's website expressed "immeasurable sadness" about "the passing of our beloved, heroic, prophetic leader".



Boeing terror case dismissed

A sharply divided federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit challenging Boeing's role flying terrorism suspects to secret prisons for the CIA.

The US Circuit Court of Appeals cited national security risks in the ruling.

The lawsuit was filed by five men suspected of terrorism who were arrested shortly after the September 11 attacks and say they were flown to secret prisons where they were tortured.


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