A bad dog has had his death sentence commuted instead to life in prison.

Chief, a wolf-dog hybrid, who was ordered destroyed for aggressive behavior, will instead become a guard dog at Louisiana’s maximum security prison.

District Judge James Best on Tuesday signed an order turning over Chief to the state prison system, which plans to put the dog to work at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Best had ordered euthanasia for Chief last month after his neighbors in Pointe Coupee Parish testified that the dog would frequently escape from his owners’ property and terrorize them.

Deputy Warden Bruce Dodd said that they had read about the dog and decided that he could have a productive life guarding the perimeter of the 18,000-acre prison farm at Angola.

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A failed asylum seeker claimed up to £750 million in compensation from the UK government because he is not allowed to have sex with his girlfriend in prison.

Rayden Simon Kullem, who is from Zimbabwe, claimed his human rights were being breached by the ban.

Due to an administration blunder he temporarily won his case by default – after the government solicitors failed to oppose his case.

This led to an urgent court hearing being held, in which a top judge dismissed the “preposterous” claim.

Kullem is in Hull Prison awaiting deportation to Zimbabwe following the end of his prison sentence. He has twice failed in his bid to become a UK citizen.

Kullem launched a civil claim against the government last September on the grounds it was a breach of his human rights not to be allowed to have sex in prison.

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Two children in Texas were found living alone in an abandoned school bus near Houston.They have now been taken into custody by Texas child welfare workers.

The yellow school bus had its windows blocked and was in a wooded lot covered in trash.

A postal worker discovered the 11-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother at the bus around 10am on Wednesday morning. He immediately contacted Child Protective Services.

As CPS began asking questions, a disturbing picture of what had been going on in the bus emerged.

The children had been living alone since the beginning of the year and their parents are thought to be in federal prison for embezzling money from Hurricane Ike victims in 2008.

Though squalid, the bus had been outfitted in some ways to enable the children to live inside.

There was an air conditioning unit installed in one window, bunk beds placed inside, and electricity throughout, making it clear that someone had gone out of their way to make sure that the children could stay there.

But several neighbors told the Houston Chronicle that the children typically looked unkempt and could often be spotting running around at night.

‘They always had dirty clothes on (and) no shoes, even in the winter,’ said nearby resident Gayla Payne, who said the 11-year-old girl told her daughter that she bathes twice a week.

The children were not enrolled in school, but told Texas Child Protective Services workers that they were home-schooled.

A woman on the property — believed to be the children’s great-aunt — told CPS she worked 12-hour shifts Monday through Friday but that she stayed with the children at night.

‘The aunt said that she does provide meals for them during the day,’ Montgomery County Constable Rowdy Hayden told KTRK-TV.

‘Looking around the (the bus), we didn’t see a lot of food readily available. One of the neighbors had told us earlier that from time to time she will bring food over for the children.’

The children are in foster care pending an investigation by Child Protective Services.

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North Korean officials are reportedly punishing citizens who didn’t mourn hard enough over the death of “eternal leader” Kim Jong-il. They are receiving punishments of at least six months of hard labour.

Those who didn’t attend the mass gatherings in Kim’s honour, or who did attend “but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine,” could be subjected to six months in a labour camp, reports the South Korea-based Daily NK newspaper.

The paper cited an unnamed source who also said anyone who attempted to leave the country during the extended mourning period for Kim or was discovered using a cellphone to make calls out will face a public trial.

The punishment is less severe for North Koreans who merely criticize the dynastic system that parachuted Kim’s son Kim Jong Un into power. According to the report, they will be sent to re-education camps or be banished with their families to remote rural areas.

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A Michelin two-star restaurant in Tokyo is facing a criminal investigation after a customer was admitted to hospital having been served the toxic liver of a puffer fish.

Fugu, or puffer fish, is a Japanese delicacy which can only be processed by specially licensed and trained chefs.

By law, chefs must cut out toxic parts including the liver and skin.

But Fugu Fukuji, a restaurant in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district, last month served one customer puffer fish liver.

The 35-year-old woman had to be taken to hospital after complaining of a headache and numbness in her lips.

The chef is now facing a possible jail sentence for knowingly serving up the toxic dish.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai pardoned a woman serving a 12-year prison sentence for having sex out of wedlock after she was raped by a relative.

You read that correctly – jailed for being raped…

Karzai’s office said in a statement that the woman and her attacker have agreed to marry. That would reverse an earlier decision by the 19-year-old woman, who had previously refused a judge’s offer of freedom if she agreed to marry the rapist.

Her plight was highlighted in a documentary that the European Union blocked because it feared the women featured in the film would be in danger if it were shown.

More than 5,000 people recently signed a petition urging Karzai to release the woman. She had the man’s child while in prison and raised her daughter behind bars, which is common among women imprisoned in Afghanistan.

A statement released by Karzai’s office says that after hearing from judicial officials, the decision was made to forgive the rest of the sentence she received for having sex out of wedlock, a crime in Afghanistan. The presidential statement did not say when the woman was to be released or how much prison time had been pardoned.

The woman told The Associated Press in an interview last month that she had hoped that attention generated by the EU film might help her get released. With the film blocked, she said that she was losing hope and considering marrying her rapist as a way out. She said her attacker was pressuring her to stop giving interviews.

About half of the 300 to 400 women jailed in Afghanistan are imprisoned for so-called “moral crimes” such as sex outside marriage, or running away from their husbands, according to reports by the United Nations and research organizations. Fleeing husbands isn’t considered a crime in Afghanistan.

The EU welcomed the woman’s release.

“Her case has served to highlight the plight of Afghan women, who 10 years after the overthrow of the Taliban regime often continue to suffer in unimaginable conditions, deprived of even the most basic human rights,” the European Union’s Ambassador and Special Representative to Afghanistan, Vygaudas Usackas, said.

He said the EU hoped the same mercy would be extended to other women serving similar terms. Usackas said he planned to raise the issue of Afghan women’s rights at an international conference on Afghanistan Dec. 5 in Bonn, Germany.

Some of the most severe restrictions women faced under the Taliban, like a ban on attending schools and having to have a male escort to venture outside the home, were done away with when the radical Islamic movement was driven from power in 2001. But Afghanistan remains a deeply conservative and male-dominated society, meaning women are still sold to husbands and rights enshrined in law are often ignored in practice.

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