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> NEW ZEALAND

Wayward penguin begins journey home

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The wayward emperor penguin dubbed Happy Feet craned his head and flapped his flippers Monday as he started his journey home to cooler southern waters.

The penguin was moved from the Wellington Zoo, where staff has cared for him for the past two months, to the research ship Tangaroa, which will release him after four days at sea.

Happy Feet has been placed in a custom-made crate for the journey and will be kept cool with 60 buckets of ice.

The Tangaroa is New Zealand's largest research vessel and was already scheduled to head into frigid southern waters.

The penguin was found on a New Zealand beach June 20, far from his Antarctic feeding grounds. He was moved to the zoo after he became ill from eating sand that he likely mistook for snow. He has since regained weight and been cleared for his return to the wild.

He has been fitted with a GPS tracker so people can follow his progress online after he is released: http://www.niwa.co.nz or http://www.sirtrack.com

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> KOSOVO

Premier allegedly led human organ sale ring

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- A U.S. prosecutor will investigate claims that Prime Minister Hashim Thaci allegedly led a criminal network that sold organs of civilian captives during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, the European Union's mission in Kosovo said Monday.

John C. Williamson was named lead prosecutor in a task force set up to investigate allegations raised in a report last year by Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty, the mission said.

Marty alleged that Thaci and other rebel commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army ran detention centers in Albania's border with Kosovo, where civilian captives, including Serbs, were killed and their organs sold on the black market during Kosovo's successful war for independence from Serbia. Thaci has denied the allegation.

Williamson was the head of Kosovo's Justice Department in 2001-02 when the territory was under the administration of the United Nations and oversaw Kosovo's prisons and the justice system. He then served as U.S. ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues.

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> ENGLAND

Festival ends peacefully in wake of deadly riots

LONDON (AP) -- It took extra police and earlier closing times, but London's Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's largest street festival, appeared to give the city what it had hoped for Monday: a chance to regroup and celebrate in the wake of the riots that had occurred in the capital earlier this month and swept across England.

The two-day carnival celebrates Caribbean culture and attracts about 1 million people.

Police flooded the west London neighborhood of Notting Hill with extra officers and authorized the use of tough search powers on Sunday and Monday. Sound stages pumping out music were turned off at around 7 p.m., earlier than usual, so the carnival could end before dark.

Police officials said they believed the earlier finish "had a positive effect" on ensuring the event was "very peaceful."

Police said they arrested 132 people on Monday and 82 on Sunday -- lower than the 270 people detained a year earlier during the two-day event.

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> TAIWAN

5 mistakenly receive HIV-infected organs

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- One of Taiwan's top hospitals said HIV-infected organs were mistakenly transplanted into five patients after a hospital staffer misheard the donor's test results by telephone.

The five are being treated with anti-AIDS drugs, an official at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei said Monday. The hospital said on its website the mistake occurred because a transplant staffer believed he heard the English word "nonreactive" on the donor's standard HIV test, while the word "reactive" was actually given.

The information on the test result was given over the telephone and was not double-checked, as required by standard procedures, the hospital said. "We deeply apologize for the mistake," it said.

The Health Department will look into the mistake and decide on possible penalties for the hospital, a department official said.

The donor was a 37-year-old man who fell into a coma Wednesday. His heart, liver, lungs and two kidneys were transplanted the same day.