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Giant 2-pound African snails seized at Los Angeles airport LOS ANGELES: US customs inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized a shipment of several dozen live giant African snails, considered a delicacy in Nigeria but also voracious pests that can eat paint and stucco off houses, officials said on Monday. Weighing nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kg) each, including their shells, and measuring about 6 inches (15 cm) in length, the 67 snails arrived from Lagos, Nigeria, in two plastic baskets with paperwork describing them as being for human consumption, the US Customs and Border Protection agency said. The mollusks appeared to be packaged as a personal shipment and were marked as destined for an address in San Dimas, California, about 30 miles (48 km) east of Los Angeles, agency spokeswoman Lee Harty said. No attempt was made to conceal or smuggle the snails, the largest such shipment ever seized at LAX, she said. But the creatures ...

After long break, US welcomes Somali ambassador WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday welcomed a new ambassador from Somalia -- the first in over two decades.The State Department said the government of the troubled east African nation had sent Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke."We are pleased to announce the arrival of Ambassador Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, the first Somali ambassador to the United States in over twenty years," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.His arrival marks "the latest progress in advancing US-Somali relations," ...
US jails Israelis in $8mn lotto fraud against elderly NEW YORK: A New York judge jailed two Israelis on Monday for orchestrating an elaborate international lottery scam that defrauded elderly Americans out of more than $8 million in life savings.US district judge Loretta Preska sentenced Avi Ayache and Yaron Bar to 13 years and 12 years respectively after they pleaded guilty to four years of mail and wire fraud.US prosecutors say the duo were ring leaders of a 12-person scam based in Israel, which ...
Quebec offers more aid for town shattered by deadly blast MONTREAL: Quebec’s government offered an additional $60 million on Sunday to Lac-Megantic, the town devastated by last year’s deadly train explosion in which 47 people were killed, local media reported.Most of the extra funds will go to businesses in the town’s still rebuilding core, the CBC said, quoting Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy Pierre Moreau.He said the town in French-speaking Quebec province so far has received $409 million in government aid since the ...
Texas mass murder suspect collapses in court as crime recounted HOUSTON: The man accused of killing six members of his former wife’s family, including four children, at their suburban Houston home collapsed in court on Friday.Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, was in court wearing orange prison attire for a hearing after being charged on Thursday with capital murder in the shooting deaths of his former wife’s sister, her husband and four of their children, aged 4 to 14.Haskell’s public defender, said his client had been in ...
F-35 fighters can resume flight, travel to UK air show WASHINGTON: US officials agreed on Friday to lift a fleet-wide grounding order for the Lockheed Martin F-35 jet fighter after inspections of every aircraft determined that an engine fire last month was a one-time mishap and not evidence of a systematic problem.The decision to permit the planes to resume flying will allow one British and three US Marine Corps F-35s to take part in Britain's Farnborough air show beginning next week, said the officials, who ...
US hints at displeasure with Germany over spying row WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday hinted at displeasure with Germany over its handling of a spying row, which saw the CIA chief in Berlin thrown out of the country.The White House however rejected suggestions the showdown over apparent US recruiting of double agents could damage broader ties with the Berlin government and cooperation on issues like Ukraine.White House spokesman Josh Earnest, who has all week declined to go into detail about the row because ...


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