Friday 23 March 2018

Hunter turns hunted

A US man who paid $350,000 (e255,000) for the right to hunt an endangered African black rhino fears for his safety after receiving death threats when his name was leaked on to the internet.

Corey Knowlton said that after being revealed as the winner of a controversial Dallas Safari Club auction, he has hired full-time security, saying some people "are wanting to burn my house down".


Police in Iraq have found the corpses of 14 Sunni men abducted from a town near the capital, Baghdad, by gunmen in military uniforms.

Police officers found the corpses in an orchard near the Sunni-dominated town of Mishahda. Officials said the men had been shot dead.

Gunmen wearing military uniforms kidnapped the men from a funeral last night.


A young man convicted of sodomy has been whipped 20 times in a northern Nigerian Shariah court.

Though Mubarak Ibrahim was found guilty under Shariah law, it is the first conviction of a gay man in Nigeria since President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill that further criminalises homosexuality under the west African nation's western-style penal code. Activists believe the new law has increased homophobia and endangers gay people.


Singer Sting unwittingly employed a company with alleged links to the Italian mafia to carry out work on a 900-acre estate he owns in Tuscany.

The British star unknowingly hired the firm, which police say was controlled by the Naples-based Camorra mafia, to restore six cottages on the 16th-Century Il Palagio estate near Florence. The cottages, clustered around the main house in which Sting lives with his wife, Trudie Styler, can be rented out.


Australian scientists are gluing tiny sensors on to thousands of honey bees to track their movements in a trial aimed at halting the spread of diseases.

Scientists said microchips could help tackle so-called colony collapse disorder, a situation where bees mysteriously disappear from hives, and the encroachment of the parasitic varroa mite.

Irish Independent

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