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Monkey Selfie Sparks Copyright Row

LONDON - The Wikimedia Foundation insisted Thursday it would not remove from its website a "selfie" taken by a mischievous monkey, despite claims from the British photographer whose camera was used that it breached his copyright. Monkey Selfie. Credit: David Slater via Imgur David Slater says he is the owner of the photo of the grinning black crested macaque that went viral when he posted it online in 2011, and is threatening to sue Wikimedia for lost earnings of up to $30,000 (22,500 euros). But the not-for-profit foundation, which oversees Wikipedia among other online resources, refuses to remove the picture from its bank of royalty-free photographs. "Under US laws, the copyright...

MOSCOW - A Russian woman who smuggled a 50-kilogram (110-pound) lion cub onto a sleeper train claiming it was a domestic cat was being questioned Thursday, police said. Credit: Getty Creative The big cat was exposed after it began behaving aggressively early Thursday on a passenger train heading for the city of Yekaterinburg 1,400 kilometres (850 miles) east of Moscow, police said. The lion cub's female owner "could not cope with the situation and it was necessary to urgently isolate the animal which was running wild," police said. "The lion cub had first been kept in a cage but then the woman accompanying it for some reason let the animal out," a police spokesman told the Interfax news...

NEW DELHI - India's top court on Wednesday banned an ancient tradition where young men run with bulls, saying it inflicted "extreme cruelty" on the animals. Credit: Getty Editorial The bull run, known as "Jallikattu", is a key part of the rice harvest festival of Pongal in villages in southern India every January. Some foreign tourists travel to the country to watch and take part in the spectacle. "All living creatures have inherent dignity and a right to live peacefully," declared Supreme Court Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan in the ruling. In the Jallikattu, young men struggle to grab the bulls by their sharpened horns or jump on their backs as the muscular animals, festooned with...

Baby Wallaby Rescued From Facebook Sale

SYDNEY - A man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to sell a baby wallaby on Facebook, attracting bids as high as Aus$10,000 (US$9,291) before he was caught, officials said Thursday. Credit: Getty Creative The marsupial was rescued by Western Australia's Department of Parks and Wildlife after an officer posing as a potential buyer met the man in a car park in Broome, in the state's north. The 26-year-old, who faces five offences under the Wildlife Conservation Act, had allegedly advertised the joey for sale for Aus$3,500, wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said. "We understand there was an offer of up to Aus$10,000 from a buyer visiting from overseas," Carstairs said of the...