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Austrian arrested at Paris airport with 80 birds in hand luggage

French police have arrested an Austrian man at a Paris airport after he flew in from Mexico with 80 small birds stashed in his hand luggage, a judicial source said Wednesday.

Austrian arrested at Paris airport with 80 birds in hand luggage
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Although all but one of the birds were still alive when they were discovered at Roissy airport, a further 55 have since died, the source added.
   
The birds were discovered on Friday in boxes hidden in three bags.
   
The Austrian collector, who is already facing court action in Germany, claimed to be passionate about birds.
   
The birds, many of which feed on nectar, likely died because of the “transport conditions and the stress of their capture,” the source said.
   
Exceptional permission was given to allow the birds to leave the airport instead of facing quarantine conditions. 
   
The illicit avian cargo was placed in the care of vets before the surviving birds were taken to a permanent home on Wednesday.

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Man in Austria fined 500 euros for deliberate ‘massive flatulence’

Austrian police fined a man 500 euros for loudly breaking wind after officers stopped him earlier this month to check his identity.

Man in Austria fined 500 euros for deliberate 'massive flatulence'
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The police defended the massive fine saying he had deliberately emitted a “massive flatulence,” lifting his backside from the bench where he was sitting.

The accused complained of what he called the disproportionate and unjustified fine when he gave his account of the June 5 events on the O24 news website.

In reply to social media commentaries that followed, the police in the Austrian capital justified their reaction on Twitter.

“Of course, nobody is put on the spot if one slips out by accident,” the police said.

However, in this case, the police said, the young man had appeared “provocative and uncooperative” in general.

He then “slightly raised himself from the bench, looked at the officers and patently, in a completely deliberate way, emitted a massive flatulence in their immediate proximity.”

The police said the man can challenge the fine in the legal system.

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