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‘Pablo Escobar of eggs’ faces justice after 35 years of poaching

Jeffrey Lendrum spent three decades living as the so-called “Pablo Escobar of eggs”, smuggling the fragile shells from the nests of falcons and other birds of prey to wealthy international clients. His racket was smashed in 2018 when customs officers at London’s Heathrow Airport found him in possession of 19 birds of prey eggs worth […]

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Britain’s Prince Andrew accused of ‘zero cooperation’ in FBI’s Epstein probe

WASHINGTON – Britain’s Prince Andrew has provided “zero cooperation” to the FBI investigation into the activities and death of Jeffrey Epstein, a US law enforcement source said on Monday (Jan 27). The FBI requested an interview with Andrew, who socialised with Epstein, Manhattan-based US Attorney Geoffrey Berman publicly confirmed at a meeting of a group […]

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Meghan’s father: Meghan and Harry have hurt the queen and royal family

LONDON  – Mr Thomas Markle, the father of Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, said on Monday (Jan 27) that his daughter and her husband Prince Harry had hurt Queen Elizabeth and the royal family by stepping back from royal duties in such a sudden way. “I am embarrassed,” Mr Markle told ITV. He added that […]

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Iran airliner overshoots runway, stops in highway

TEHERAN, Iran – An Iranian passenger plane overshot a runway as it landed on Monday (Jan 27) in the south-western city of Bandar-e Mahshahr, barrelling into an adjacent highway without causing casualties, state TV reported. “Arriving at Mahshahr airport, the pilot landed the aircraft too late and this caused him to miss the runway,” the […]

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Russia expels Japanese journalist in military espionage row

MOSCOW/TOKYO – Russia said on Monday (Jan 27) it expelled a Japanese journalist last month for trying to obtain secret information related to Russian military capabilities in the Russian Far East, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. The expelled journalist worked for Japan’s Kyodo News agency, it said on Tuesday, denying the accusation of attempted espionage. […]

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Confusion as WHO corrects China virus global risk level

GENEVA – The World Health Organization, which has sometimes been criticised for its handling of past disease outbreaks, admitted an error on Monday (Jan 27) in its risk assessment of China’s deadly virus.  The Geneva-based UN agency said in a situation report late Sunday that the risk was “very high in China, high at the regional […]