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1 Ethiopia protests: An Ethiopian of­fi­cial says protests in the restive Oro­mia re­gion left six peo­ple dead Wed­nes­day as antigov­ern­ment demon­stra­tions re­turn to some parts of the East African coun­try. Oro­mia re­gional of­fi­cial Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 peo­ple were in­jured in clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. He did not say who was re­spon­si­ble for the killings. Blog­ger and univer­sity lec­turer Sey­oum Teshome says more than 15,000 peo­ple ral­lied again Thurs­day in the town of Wolisso against the coun­try’s rul­ing elite. Ethiopia in Au­gust lifted a 10-month state of emer­gency im­posed af­ter wide­spread protests. Oro­mia is the coun­try’s largest fed­eral state and has seen large antigov­ern­ment protests since the end of 2015. Rights groups say sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple were killed in a govern­ment crack­down.

2 Sick dog leave: An Ital­ian li­brar­ian who says her English set­ter is her fam­ily has won the right from her em­ployer to use fam­ily sick leave to care for her ail­ing pet in­stead of hav­ing to use va­ca­tion days. Ital­ian an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy group LAV says it helped per­suade pub­lic La Sapienza Univer­sity of Rome to let her use two days of fam­ily sick leave to care for 12-year-old Cuc­ci­ola. LAV Pres­i­dent Gian­luca Felicetti says in a state­ment any­one who ob­tains a vet­eri­nar­ian’s cer­tifi­cate should en­joy the same ben­e­fit, cit­ing Cuc­ci­ola’s case as prece­dent.

3 On­line scam: Cam­bo­dia on Thurs­day de­ported dozens of Chi­nese ci­ti­zens ac­cused of ex­tort­ing money from women in main­land China with threats to cir­cu­late naked im­ages of them on­line. Gen. Ouk Hai­seila, chief of the Im­mi­gra­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bu­reau, said the 74 sus­pects left the Cam­bo­dian cap­i­tal of Ph­nom Penh on a plane sent by the Chi­nese govern­ment. On­line scams by Chi­nese gangs that op­er­ate from for­eign coun­tries and tar­get main­land Chi­nese are com­mon through­out South­east Asia.

4 Gas car ban: In its lat­est ini­tia­tive to re­duce air pol­lu­tion, Paris City Hall wants gaso­line-pow­ered cars off the roads by 2030. The con­tro­ver­sial move an­nounced Thurs­day fol­lows Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo’s plan to ban all diesel cars from the city by 2024, when Paris will host the Sum­mer Olympics. Speak­ing on France Info ra­dio, the Paris deputy mayor in charge of trans­port, Christophe Nad­jovski, said “We have planned the end of ther­mic ve­hi­cle use, and there­fore of fos­sil en­er­gies, by 2030.” Many Parisians don’t own a car but Hi­dalgo still has an­gered many of them with her ef­forts to make Paris a greener city, no­tably by adding cy­cling paths that have slowed ve­hi­cle traf­fic along the Seine River. Her de­trac­tors have ac­cused her of wag­ing a war against cars.

5 Land­mark de­ci­sion: An an­ti­a­partheid ac­tivist who died in 1971 was tor­tured and killed by South African po­lice, a court said Thurs­day, a land­mark de­ci­sion that raised hopes that dozens of sim­i­lar cases would be in­ves­ti­gated. The in­quest into Ahmed Ti­mol’s death had riv­eted South Africans as le­gal ex­perts said it could set a prece­dent for ex­am­in­ing sim­i­lar deaths. “It is sad that it took so long,” No­bel Peace Prize win­ner and for­mer arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu said in a state­ment read out by Ti­mol’s fam­ily. The court found that Ti­mol did not kill him­self by jump­ing from a 10th-floor win­dow, as au­thor­i­ties said at the time. Ti­mol was one of 73 po­lit­i­cal de­tainees who died in po­lice cus­tody in South Africa between 1963 and 1990. The coun­try’s sys­tem of white-mi­nor­ity rule ended in the early 1990s.

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