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Gertjie, which was “crying inconsolably” beside its dead mother when it was found, is now
building up strength.
Orphaned rhino caputures hear ts
A baby rhino which was unable to sleep on its
own after seeing its mother brutally killed by
poachers for its horn, has captured the hearts of
staff at a centre documenting its progress.
Gertjie was rescued from the wild on
May 7 by staff at the Hoedspruit Endangered
Species Centre in South Africa after it was
found next to its mother’s body.
Now almost four months old, it is slowly
being weaned off its night feeds and is
building up its strength with daily walks.
Staff at the centre, which helps conser ve rare,
vulnerable or endangered animals, said the
baby rhino did not want to leave its mother’s
side and was “crying inconsolably” before
being sedated and taken to the centre.
Gertjie, or “Little G” as staff have
nicknamed him, spent his first night at the
centre with a human minder and a sheep
called Skaap, which acts as the surrogate
mother to the animals there.
Staff have been taking it in turns to feed
Gertjie every three hours and sleep outside
his room to ensure he is fed regularly.
The centre has also set up a live channel so
people can watch Gertjie. It is appealing for
donations to help keep enough fat-free milk
in stock. Baby rhinos are weaned off milk
between 15 and 18 months. — AP
Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda
splinter group overran the
Iraqi city of Tikrit overnight
and closed in on the biggest oil
refinery in the country, making
further gains in their rapid
military advance against the
The threat to the Baiji
refinery comes after militants
from the Islamic State in Iraq
and the Levant (ISIL) seized
the northern city of Mosul,
advancing their aim of creating
a Sunni Caliphate straddling the
border between Iraq and Syria.
The fall of Mosul, Iraq’s
second biggest city, is a blow to
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s
attempts to defeat the militants,
who have seized territory in Iraq
over the past year following the
withdrawal of United States
About 500,000 Iraqis have fled
Mosul, home to two million
people, and the surrounding
province, many seeking safety
in the autonomous Kurdistan
region. Insurgents are now in
control of between 10% and
15% of Iraqi territory, excluding
Security sources said ISIL
militants drove more than 60
vehicles into Tikrit, the home
town of former Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein, occupying
the provincial government
headquarters and raising the
black flag of ISIL.
“O ur forces were caught by
surprise, they never expected
ISIL would use police and army
Humvee vehicles. We mistook
them for government forces and
it was too late to stop them,” a
police captain who fled from
Tikrit to Samarra said.
“ We are fighting devils and not
Around 100 ISIL fighters held
mass prayers in central Tikrit
after taking control.
Foreign Minister Hoshyar
Zebari said Iraq’s leaders must
unite to face a “mortal” threat.
“There has to be a quick response
to what has happened,” he said
during a trip to Greece.
Zebari said Baghdad would
work with forces from Kurdistan
in the north to drive the fighters
out of Mosul after they put
Iraqi security forces to flight on
In a show of the militants’ reach,
a car bombing in a crowded
market in the town of Safwan,
which sits on Iraq’s southernmost
border with Kuwait, killed five
Maliki described the fall of
Mosul as a “conspiracy ” and said
those who had abandoned their
posts would be punished.
In a statement on its Twitter
account, ISIL said it had taken
Mosul as part of a plan “to
conquer the entire State and
cleanse it from the apostates”,
referring to the province of
Nineveh of which the city is the
About 80 Turkish citizens
seized in two separate incidents
in Mosul were being held
hostage. Militants executed 10
soldiers and policemen overnight
near the town of Riyadh, 60km
south-west of Kirkuk. — AFP
Shock win massive scalp for Tea Party
The Tea Party won a stunning and
unexpected victory over the Republican
conser vative economics professor unseated
the party’s second-most-senior leader in
Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader
and one of the most powerful Republicans
in the United States, lost his Virginia
primary election to David Brat, 52, a right-
wing academic with few campaign funds.
The result is an extraordinary upset in
Republican politics and a major blow to the
party’s elite, which had hoped to use this
year’s primary elections across the country
to face down the Tea Party activists.
The moderates had appeared so far this
year to have the upper hand in the party’s
civil war until the shocking result in Cantor’s
Not before has the Tea Party succeeded in
taking the scalp of a figure as prominent as
Cantor, 51, who late in the campaign had
a war chest of $US2 million ($2.3 million)
compared with his opponent ’s $40,000.
Cantor raised $5.4 million for the campaign.
The New York Times said that since the
beginning of last year, Cantor’s campaign
had spent about $168,637 at steakhouses
compared with the $200,000 his challenger
spent on his entire campaign.
Although Cantor is a conser vative
member of the party leadership, he has in
recent weeks suggested he would be open to
working with President Barack Obama to
achieve modest reforms to the immigration
system. Brat accused him of supporting an
“amnesty” for illegal immigrants, whipping
conser vatives into a fury against Cantor.
Conser vatives will now be emboldened
in their opposition to legislation to create a
path to citizenship for immigrants living in
the country illegally, and party leaders who
are more sympathetic to such legislation
will be less willing to try.
The news from Richmond, the capital
of Virginia, is likely to be met with mixed
feelings by the White House. On the one
hand, conser vative victories in primary
elections tend to push the Republican Party
to the right, making its candidates more likely
to lose to Democrats in the general election.
But the Tea Party victory is also fuelled by the
right ’s implacable opposition to Obama and
its success will deter Republican moderates
from compromising with the President for
fear of being defeated like Cantor.
The result is likely to be continued gridlock,
with neither White House nor the Republican-
controlled House of Representatives able to
pass any meaningful legislation. — AP
The European Union has launched a
probe to determine whether the special
tax deals offered by authorities in Ireland,
Luxembourg and the Netherlands to
Starbucks and Apple amount to billions
in illegal State aid.
“ In the current context of tight public
budgets, it is particularly important that
large multi-nationals pay their fair share
of taxes,” EU competition commissioner
Joaquin Almunia said overnight. — AFP
EU probes Apple, Starbucks tax deals
The jury has retired to consider its
verdicts in the trial of former executives
of Britain’s News of the World tabloid,
accused of plotting to hack phones to
Former editors Rebekah Brooks and
Andy Coulson are among those charged
with being part of an alleged conspiracy
dating back to 2000 and spanning six
years, which led to the closure of the
newspaper in 2011.
In 130 days of evidence, the jury at the
Old Bailey court has heard the workings
of the Rupert Murdoch-owned
newspaper examined in intense detail.
Sending the jurors off to begin mulling
over the evidence, Judge John Saunders
urged them to “put out of your head
anything you have heard outside court”.
Coulson, 46, who went on to become
Prime Minister David Cameron’s media
chief, is also accused of bribing police for
stories while at the News of the World.
He faces two counts of conspiring with
the paper’s then royal editor, 56-year-old
Clive Goodman, to commit misconduct
in a public office by paying officers for
two directories of phone numbers linked
to the royal family.
Brooks, who rose to become
chief executive of Murdoch’s News
International newspaper unit, faces the
same charge over signing off payments
to a member of the military.
She is also accused of plotting with her
former personal assistant Cheryl Carter,
50, to per vert the course of justice by
removing boxes from the company
archive just days before she was arrested
The jury heard Brooks and Coulson had
an extramarital affair while at the paper.
Brooks, along with her racehorse
trainer husband Charlie and News
International director of security Mark
Hanna, is also charged with per verting
the course of justice by hiding potential
evidence from police in July 2011.
Phone hacking jury retires
agency Interpol said
overnight it had issued
an international alert
for three fugitives who
escaped from a Q uebec
jail in a helicopter, the
second airborne prison
break in the Canadian
province in just over a
Authorities in Canada
and the United States
have been searching for
the three men, who were
arrested in 2010 and are
believed to have ties to
organised crime, since
They were picked up by
a green helicopter, which
touched down in the
courtyard of the medium-
Detention Centre, on the
outskirts of Quebec City,
the capital of the French-
speaking province, about
160km north of the US
“The three men were
awaiting trial on charges
related to drug trafficking,
murder and gangsterism,”
the Lyons-based agency
said in a statement.
It said that after a
had issued the orange
notice to its 190 member
countries, “to assist
police in identifying,
locating and arresting the
The three fugitives,
Yves Denis, 35, Denis
Lefebvre, 53, and Serge
Pomerleau, 49, also face
murder charges, according
to the Quebec police
website. — Reuters
Eric Cantor, left, and David Brat.
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You’re a little spoilt for choice when it comes
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