Escaped lion terrorizes town

Updated 18 January 2013
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Escaped lion terrorizes town

JOHANNESBURG: A lion that escaped from a private South African game reserve has been terrorizing residents of the small northern town of Makhado for a week, police said yesterday. Police have been hunting for the beast, but so far have been chasing their tails. “We have been informed that a male lion escaped from Safari Lodge outside Makhado last week,” said police spokesman Nechindamatsi Marubeni.
“It was last sighted yesterday (Wednesday) and our search party has so far not managed to capture it,” he said. Marubini described the lion as a “grown male with a big head.” “Obviously the townspeople are scared, because they do not know when it might pounce,” Marubeni said. He appealed to members of the public to immediately report any sighting of this king of the jungle.
The northern province of Limpopo is home to a number of private game reserves but dangerous animals rarely break out. A large part of Kruger National Park, the country’s biggest wildlife park, also straddles the province.


Prince William visits Jordan’s Roman ruins at Jerash

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Prince William visits Jordan’s Roman ruins at Jerash

AMMAN: Britain’s Prince William visited the Roman ruins of Jerash in northern Jordan on Monday, accompanied by his host Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah as part of a historic Middle East tour.
The two princes met children from Jordan and neighboring war-torn Syria during their visit to the site, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Amman.
The visit to Jordan by the second in line to the British throne has been billed as a chance to bond with Hussein, a fellow graduate of Britain’s Royal Sandhurst Military Academy.
William was also due to meet British troops based in the kingdom, before heading across the River Jordan to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The Duke of Cambridge and the heir to the Jordanian throne strolled along Jerash’s Colonnaded Street, a paved promenade lined with towering columns.
They also visited the Temple of Artemis, built on an elevated part of the site in honor of the goddess believed to protect the city, which was at its most prosperous in the third century.
When they reached the ancient site’s theater they were greeted by Syrian and Jordanian school children in traditional dress, who gave a performance including music and poetry.
The show was organized by the Makany Center, a UNESCO-backed program providing health and education to both Syrian and Jordanian pupils.
Some 650,000 Syrian refugees have registered with the United Nations in Jordan since fleeing their country’s seven-year war which was sparked by peaceful anti-government protests in 2011.
Amman estimates the actual number is closer to 1.3 million people and says it has spent more than $10 billion (8.5 billion euros) hosting them.
William paid tribute in a speech on Sunday to “the way in which you opened your doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees,” even as Jordan said the same day that it would be unable to host any new wave of asylum seekers.
His Middle East tour will see William become the first British royal to pay official visits to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.
William, who is president of the Football Association, was flying into Jordan as England thrashed Panama 6-1 in the World Cup on Sunday, but he caught a recording of the match on television at his host’s home.