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Lion spends 12 hours inside police cell for escaping from Park

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A young lion captured after being on the run for almost a month spent the night in a South African police cell before being moved back to its national park home

The juvenile male apparently escaped from the Karoo National Park through a hole in a perimeter fence. He was eventually tracked and darted on Wednesday before being moved by helicopter to the Sutherland police station where he ended up alone in a holding cell.

“I am sure this is the first time in the world that a lion is put in jail,” said police station commander Captain Marius Malan.

He said luckily the jail had no human guests on Wednesday night.

Curious residents of the village of Sutherland, known more for one of the southern hemisphere’s largest optical telescopes, thronged outside the police station to catch a glimpse of the locked-up lion.

“He is safe and healthy. We didn’t give him breakfast because he had enough to eat along the road,” Malan told Reuters.

Malan said the lion, believed to be two years old, would be darted again before being transported back to his natural habitat at the Karoo National Park, a hilly region of grassy scrubland about halfway between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa stuck inside train during his Campaign

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South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has in a passengers that has reportedly stopped for hours with no reason given for the delay.

Journalist who are accompanying Mr Ramaphosa, who is campaigning in the northern province of Guateng for the 8 May election – have been sharing updates on social media.

Some frustrated passengers have climbed out of the train to look for alternative means of transport, while traders operating near where the train stopped have been selling their wares to passengers, BBC reports.

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Homeless Nigerian Boy becomes Chess Champion in US

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A homeless eight-year-old boy has become a chess champion in United States. Tanitoluwa Adewumi left his home in the north in 2017, as a result of attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.

He lives in a shelter in the US with his mother Oluwatoyin, father Kayode and older brother, and when he showed an interest in chess his mother got him to join a local club.

He has been playing for just over a year, but with hours of practice he won top prize in his age category at the New York State Chess Championship.

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Many injured as Man opens fire on Dutch tram

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Several people have been injured after a man opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, police have said.

A square has been cordoned off by authorities, and emergency services are at the scene.

Details later…

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