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In Brief: 2 charged in 'witch' killing

POLICE in Papua New Guinea have charged two people over the grisly killing of a woman who was burned alive in front of hundreds of people, including young children, after being accused of witchcraft.

Janet Ware and Andrew Watea were charged with the murder of Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mum who was stripped, tortured, doused in petrol and set alight by a mob earlier this month.

Ms Leniata had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a six-year-old boy who recently died in hospital. Ware and Watea are believed to be the boy's mother and uncle.


Cruise curry at film festival

A SHORT film has paid a spicy tribute to Hollywood star Tom Cruise – based on him eating a curry.

The video celebrating the night the Top Gun actor enjoyed a curry in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, is set to feature at a movie festival next month.

Cruise's Indian meal made headlines in August 2012 and organisers of the inaugural St Albans Film Festival say an entry in their short-film competition features each actor wearing a Tom Cruise mask.


Airport rabbits run rampant

RABBIT are wreaking havoc on cars parked at Denver International Airport by eating spark plug cables and wiring.

Federal wildlife workers are removing at least 100 bunnies a month while parking companies install better fences and build perches for predator hawks and eagles in a bid to tackle the problem.

Mechanics say coating the wires with fox or coyote urine can rob the rabbits of their appetite. Fox urine can be bought at many hunting shops.


'Fake monks con tourists'

TWO temples on a Buddhist mountain have been shut down and six people arrested after fake monks reportedly deceived tourists into donating money.

The Mount Wutai Administration Bureau closed two of the temples and revoked their business licences in northeast China.

The temples had reportedly hired fake monks to con tourists into buying expensive incense and paying large amounts of money for ceremonies.