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Dog's killer is shot with Taser

A 63-year-old man was shot with a Taser and arrested in England after he stabbed his dog to death and then threatened officers with the weapon, police said.

The alarm was raised when a woman reported a man was attacking his pet spaniel with a knife in County Durham.

Armed officers were called in and the man made threats to them, refusing to comply with instructions, so they used a baton round and then a Taser to subdue him.

He was arrested on suspicion of affray and medically examined, then questioned.

Reactors need to stay -- Japan

JAPAN'S prime minister has appealed to the nation to accept that two nuclear reactors that remain shut down after the Fukushima disaster must be restarted to protect the economy and livelihoods.

Prime Minister Yasuhiko Noda said the government has taken ample measures to ensure the two reactors in western Japan would be safe from radiation leaks if an earthquake or tsunami as severe as last year's should strike again.

Fishy 'cure'

for asthmatics

Tens of thousands of asthma sufferers have mobbed a southern Indian stadium to swallow live sardines smeared with a yellow herbal paste they believe will cure their breathing problems.

Despite doctors' criticism, the Goud family has drawn throngs of people for years with its secret fish and herbal formula it says it received from a Hindu saint 170 years ago.

Hyderabad police say a man died of a heart attack and several others sought medical attention for breathing difficulty after waiting for hours.

14th gay pride parade in Israel

Drag queens, dancers and shirtless men partied through central Tel Aviv as thousands packed the streets for the city's annual gay pride parade.

Israel's homosexual community celebrated the city's 14th annual parade yesterday.

Tel Aviv is one of the few places in the Middle East where gay people feel free to walk hand-in-hand and kiss in public.