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In brief: Serbia demands Kosovo PM probe

Serbia has urged the United Nations Security Council to launch an international investigation into claims that Kosovo rebels, led by the man who is now prime minister, trafficked in human organs before, during and after the 1999 war for secession.

Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has dismissed the allegations as "ill-intentioned propaganda" to undermine Kosovo's statehood, but has also called for an investigation.

Elephant blamed for TB outbreak

A TB outbreak among workers at a Tennessee elephant sanctuary has been blamed on one of the animals, even though some employees did not have close contact with it.

The TB spread to eight employees, including three of the victims who worked in an administrative building next to an elephant barn.

Hawaii backs bill for gay civil union

HAWAII politicians have approved a bill to allow civil unions for same-sex couples, ending what the governor called an "emotional process" for the gay rights movement.

Democrat Neil Abercrombie's office said he intended to sign the bill into law and civil unions would begin on January 1, 2012.

Museum sues over mummy mask

MISSOURI'S St Louis Art Museum is taking legal action in a bid to keep a 3,200-year-old mummy mask that Egypt claims was stolen.

The museum says the US government is trying to seize the 20-inch-long funeral mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer and return it to Egypt. It says it has legal rights to the mask it bought from a New York dealer for $500,000 in 1998.

€12m for Warhol's 'lost' self-portrait

AN Andy Warhol self-portrait, hidden from view for much of its life, has sold for more than £10m (€11.8m) at Christies in London.

The 6 sq ft work dates from 1967 when he had found international renown.

Woman bags top packer prize

A WOMAN from Vermont has been crowned America's top grocery packer.

Krystal Smith (24) beat 21 competitors by filling three grocery bags in 38 seconds in a Las Vegas final.

Irish Independent