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Posted: July 14, 2018 at 3:29 a.m.
Updated: July 14, 2018 at 3:29 a.m.

Ex-bin Laden aide ordered returned

BERLIN -- A court in Germany ordered authorities to return a former aide to Osama bin Laden, hours after he was deported to his native Tunisia on Friday.

Sami A., whose last name wasn't given due to privacy laws, was flown to Tunis on a charter aircraft and handed over to Tunisian authorities, despite a court ruling blocking the move.

The administrative court in the western city of Gelsenkirchen had ruled Thursday that the man should remain in Germany until the government receives guarantees he won't face torture in his homeland. But the fax informing authorities about the court's decision was sent after the man had already landed in Tunisia.

The Gelsenkirchen court then told authorities to reverse the deportation at Germany's expense, saying it had been "illegal and breached fundamental principles of rule of law."

U.K. finds source of nerve poisoning

LONDON -- British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for the deadly substance.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, were sickened on June 30 in a town not far from Salisbury, where British authorities say a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with Novichok in March. Sturgess died in a hospital on Sunday. Rowley, her partner, initially was in critical condition, but has regained consciousness.

The Metropolitan Police said the small bottle was found during searches of Rowley's house Wednesday, and scientists confirmed the substance in the bottle was Novichok.

Police are still looking into where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Rowley's house. Further tests will be carried out to establish whether it is from the same batch that was used to poison Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March.

Endangered rhinos die after transfer

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya after wildlife workers moved them from the capital to a new national park, the government said Friday, calling the toll "unprecedented" in more than a decade of such transfers.

Preliminary investigations point to salt poisoning as the rhinos tried to adapt to saltier water in their new home, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement, describing how the animals likely became dehydrated and drank more salty water in a fatal cycle.

Conservationists in Africa have been working hard to protect the black rhino sub-species from poachers.

In moving a group of 11 rhinos to the newly created Tsavo East National Park from Nairobi last month, the Kenya Wildlife Service said it hoped to boost the population there.

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