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Romanian court backs stray dog cull

By Luiza Ilie and Christian Lowe BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's top court ruled in favor of a law to kill tens of thousands of stray dogs from the streets of Bucharest on Wednesday after a four-year-old boy was mauled to death earlier this month. The boy's death triggered street protests demanding action against the capital's more than 60,000 strays, who bite dozens of people every day and are also a deterrent for tourism.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Romania says no irregular activity seen in horsemeat scandal

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said "no irregularities" had been committed by companies in the country despite allegations that two abattoirs had duped European food companies by selling horsemeat as beef. "We have made verifications...There exists no violation of European rules and standards" by the two abattoirs, Ponta told a news conference. mr/iw/arp/hd
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