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Stork arrested in Egypt on suspicion of spying
A stork behind bars… As strange as it may seem, the Egyptian authorities detained a stork on Friday believing it to be carrying a spying device. It was found by a fisherman in the Qena Governorate in southern Egypt who thought the electronic device attached to its back looked suspicious, so he decided to capture it and take it to a police station.
But the veterinary committee called in to assist the government officials and environmental organizations involved in the enquiry determined the device was neither a bomb nor a spying system. They discovered it was quite simply a wildlife tracker installed by Hungarian researchers to follow the movements of these migrating birds.
Indeed, the white stork does have its own page on the scientific project’s website which features a satellite map showing the bird’s journey as it migrates toward the southern part of the African continent at this time of year.
And the arrest has inspired all sorts of mockery on social networks, particularly as the Egyptian authorities initially identified the stork as a duck. Web users have been poking fun and commenting on the story under the hashtag #SpyDuck, and also discussing Egypt’s intensified climate of distrust towards foreign nations following the ouster of Mohammed Morsi.
India: online campaign to end violence against children
UNICEF India has launched an online campaign against violence towards children with a particular focu... Go on reading on our web site.http://www.france24.com/en/taxonomy/emission/18008
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