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A search team looking for a 12-year-old boy who was snatched by a crocodile have reportedly discovered human remains near the waterhole where he was swimming in Australia.

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In the Sea there are Crocodiles, By Fabio Geda, trans. Howard Curtis

What were you at ten? Being cared for by loved ones? Not so Enaiatollah Akbari. His father was murdered by bandits on a dangerous mission, into which the Pashtun Sunni Muslims of Afghanistan routinely forced the Shia Hazara people. The Pashtun had threatened to snatch Enaiatollah as compensation. In desperation, his mother smuggled her son into Pakistan, then returned to her other children.

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I found myself snagged the other day by a charming detail in the story about a Swedish kindergarten which aims to protect its charges from all culturally imposed gender stereotypes.

Tycoon held over weapons cache

The gambling tycoon Jorge Hank Rhon, an eccentric former mayor of Tijuana who collects exotic animals, has been arrested after the army found a large weapons cache in his home.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Werner Herzog, 93 Mins (U)

The cave paintings at Chauvet may be 32,000 years old, but Herzog, with his appetite for a challenge, brings them to dazzling life with judicious use of 3D

Crocodile Hunter's zoo battling to remain open

When Australia's self-styled "Crocodile Hunter", Steve Irwin, was killed by a stingray's barb, his family pledged to continue his conservation work. Less than five years on, though, the wildlife park he turned into a global tourist attraction is rumoured to be drowning in debt and on the verge of closure.

Man fights off croc by hitting its snout

A father survived a crocodile attack by repeatedly punching the reptile on the nose. The man, 37, was recovering in hospital last night after the 8ft crocodile grabbed his arm and hand in a waterhole where he was swimming with his two teenage daughters.

Georgian President warns against violence in the region after Moscow attack

Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, told The Independent yesterday that attacks like Monday's suicide bombing at a Moscow airport were "payback" for Russia's policies in the North Caucasus, as he compared the country to a "crocodile ready to swallow you up".

Flood victims warned of risk from snakes and crocodiles

Residents of a flood-hit Australian city were warned yesterday not to wade through the waist-high waters because of fears that crocodiles and snakes could be lurking.

Charles Nevin: Some more reasons to love Mondays

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Simon Carr: House teaches the Met a thing or two about going on the attack

Why not route demonstrators through the parks rather than down Whitehall past visible symbols of authority?

Dom Joly: Drop in for my finest crocodile foot and smoky water

I have become totally institutionalised after my time in the Australian jungle and it's taking me quite some time to readjust. I find myself asking permission for everything – my kids look at me in amused disbelief as I ask them whether I can use the loo. At night, I have terrible dreams that involve Gillian McKeith sporting a set of pants made from tarantulas – she is screaming and demanding I wash a spoon so that she can eat some tofu .... I wake up sweating and frightened.

Explorer feared dead after Congo croc attack

A renowned outdoorsman who wrote movingly about testing himself against nature was feared dead today after a crocodile snatched him from his kayak while he led an American expedition from the source of the White Nile into the heart of Congo.

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