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World in brief: Australia to kill invading camels

Camels crowd a drinking trough, pushing horses out of the way in  Northern Territory, Australia.  (Associated Press)
Camels crowd a drinking trough, pushing horses out of the way in Northern Territory, Australia. (Associated Press)

ALICE SPRINGS, Australia – Australian authorities plan to corral about 6,000 wild camels with helicopters and gun them down after they overran a small Outback town in search of water, trampling fences, smashing tanks and contaminating supplies.

The Northern Territory government announced its plan Wednesday for Docker River, a town of 350 residents where thirsty camels have been arriving daily for weeks because of drought conditions in the region.

The camels, which are not native to Australia but were introduced in the 1840s, have smashed water tanks, approached houses to try to take water from air conditioning units, and knocked down fencing at the small airport runway, local government minister Rob Knight said.

The carcasses of camels killed in stampedes at water storage areas are contaminating the water supply, he added.

Harper will attend talks on climate

TORONTO – Canada’s prime minister is reversing his position and will attend a United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen next month, Stephen Harper’s spokesman said Thursday.

Dimitri Soudas announced Harper’s decision to attend one day after U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced their attendance at the U.N. talks. Soudas said Harper’s decision was based on the fact that now “a critical mass of world leaders will be attending.”

Harper’s participation is a change of course for Canada’s Conservative government, which has consistently downplayed expectations for the conference, where it was hoped the global community would agree on a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol.

Court opposes reinstating Zelaya

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The Honduran Supreme Court recommended Thursday that lawmakers vote against restoring ousted President Manuel Zelaya, another blow for his quickly fading chances of returning to power.

The Supreme Court submitted its opinion six days before Congress is scheduled to vote on Zelaya’s fate as part of a U.S.-brokered agreement to end the political crisis over a June coup.

The justices concluded that Zelaya should not be restored to the presidency because he has criminal charges pending against him, Supreme Court spokesman Danilo Izaguirre said.


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