World briefs

Dung DNA may nail poacher

MIAMI - Scientists can now match DNA from elephant dung to the DNA extracted from ivory to track down the source of large illegal shipments of tusks and trinkets across borders, researchers say.

Experts hope the methods will lead to a crackdown on wildlife crime in two main hot spots in Africa where the vast majority of killings occur.

The illegal trade fuels the killing of  about 50,000 African elephants each year and results in 40 to 50 tonnes of seized ivory.


Plane 'stowaway' in hospital

LONDON - A suspected stowaway is being treated in a London hospital after being found unconscious on Thursday on a British Airways flight from Johannesburg after the plane had landed, British police said yesterday.

Police said they had also found the body of a dead man on the roof of an office under the flight path to Heathrow Airport and were trying to determine if he fell from the same plane.

The possibility that the two men were on the same plane is "one of the lines of inquiry", a police spokesman said.


Call for right to die for kids

THE HAGUE - Terminally ill children in unbearable suffering should be given the right to die, the Dutch Paediatricians Association said yesterday, urging the suppression of the current 12-year age limit.

Children in the Netherlands aged 12 or over can request euthanasia if they are terminally ill, suffering unbearably, able to express their will and have parental approval.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2015, with the headline 'World briefs'. Subscribe