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Greek court acquits farmers who shot 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers

A Greek court’s decision to acquit farmers who admitted shooting 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers when they asked for months of back pay has sparked outrage in the country.

Politicians, unions and anti-racist groups condemned the verdicts, describing them as a black day for justice in a case that had shone a light on the appalling conditions in which migrant workers are often kept in Greece.

“I feel shame as a Greek,” said the Bangladeshis’ lawyer, Moisis Karabeyidis, after the ruling in the western port city of Patras

Whale meat ‘made into dog food’

Meat from whales caught under Japan’s “research” programme is so abundant that it is being sold as pet food, according to a UK conservation group.

Thousands of tonnes of whale meat has been stockpiled as more animals are killed each year, says the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS).

The Japanese government has attempted to sell the whale meat to schools but the price has continued to fall

US ‘selected’ Iraq intelligence

A former CIA official has accused the Bush administration of “cherry-picking” its intelligence on Iraq before the 2003 invasion.

Paul Pillar writes in the Foreign Affairs journal that the White House used the intelligence to justify a decision it had already reached.

Mr Pillar was the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005

Chinese editor ‘died after beating’

A Chinese editor has died as a result of a police beating he received for his paper’s reporting on corruption, journalists and rights groups say.

Wu Xianghu had been in hospital since the attack in October, suffering from an existing liver problem made worse by the beating, earlier reports said.

Wu was reportedly attacked by some 50 policemen after his paper accused them of charging illegal bicycle fees

Tycoon’s trial ‘partly political’

A senior Russian government minister has told the BBC that political reasons have played a role in the prosecution of the country’s wealthiest man.

Economy Minister German Gref said the case against Mikhail Khodorkovsky had “a certain political element”.

The trial of the oil billionaire, who is charged with tax evasion and fraud, will restart on 12 July