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Starbucks sued a Thai coffee stall this weekend, but you were probably too drunk to notice.

by Mac Hackett
21 October 2013, 7:00am

Homophobic Hooligans
POLICE HAD IT OUT WITH ANTI-GAY EXTREMISTS IN MONTENEGRO
They were protecting a gay pride march in the country's capital, Podgorica

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The second gay pride march in Montenegro ended in much the same way as the first: with police fighting off anti-gay hooligans with barrages of tear gas.

The clashes started when the extremists tried to break through police lines to attack the peaceful gay rights march, and ended with them hurling stones and firebombs at officers.

As many as 60 were injured during the clashes – police said around 20 were officers and the other 40 were from "hooligan groups" – and close to 60 of the estimated 1,500 extremists who took part in the riots were arrested.

The march, and an earlier gay pride march in July, are being viewed as a test of Montenegro's commitment to human rights as it seeks to join the EU.
 

Get Out of Jail Card
JERSEY WANT A DRUG BARON TO PAY £185 MILLION TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON
If Curtis Warren doesn't stump up the cash, he'll be sentenced to another ten years inside


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Curtis Warren – the only drug dealer to grace the Sunday Times rich list – has been told to pay £185 million or spend another ten years in jail.

Authorities believe the 50-year-old Liverpudlian made that amount while heading up a global drug trafficking empire, but he denies their claims, saying, "It's pathetic. I've been in jail 17 years. It's such a fantastic figure that it can't be met in any currency unless they are expecting Turkish lire or [old] Italian money, which is a million-note job."

Warren was first jailed in 1997 after being found guilty of importing 800kg of cocaine into Holland. Almost immediately after his release in 2007, he was arrested again for conspiracy to smuggle cannabis to Jersey and eventually sentenced to another 13 years.

As it stands, Warren could be released as early as next January, after serving half of his 13-year sentence. However, he insists that there is no money and the request is simply a ploy to keep him in jail for longer than his original sentence.

Warren is expected to appear in court today.
 

More al-Shabaab Attacks
AN AL-SHABAAB SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKED A RESTAURANT IN SOMALIA
The blast in the city of Beledweyne killed at least 13 people

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At least 13 people were killed and another ten wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Somali city of Beledweyne.

Islamic militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting African Union peacekeepers who are stationed there – a similar reason to the one they gave for attacking the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi last month.

"Our main target was Ethiopian and Djibouti troops who invaded our country. They were sitting there," said Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab's military operation spokesman.

Ethiopian troops – along with Kenyan troops; the reason for the Westgate attack – have been fighting Islamist militants in Somalia for much of the past decade.
 

Abductee Identities
GREEK POLICE ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY THE BLONDE GIRL FOUND IN A ROMA CAMP
The two people who claimed to be her parents are being charged with abducting a minor 

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Greek authorities have launched an international campaign to identify a blonde-haired, blue-eyed four-year-old girl found in a Roma gypsy camp in central Greece.

The couple believed to have raised her face charges of abducting a minor, with a police official in Athens saying, "DNA tests revealed they bore no relationship to her."

The child was found while raiding the Roma settlement in search of weapons and drugs, and police say the suspects – a 39-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman who claims to have had six of her 14 children in one year – have given a range of explanations, from the girl being found in a blanket to her having a Canadian father.

Greek authorities say it is imperative that they find the girl's real parents so they can understand how she ended up in the camp, and are conducting a search through Interpol and international children's groups. 

The parents of Madeleine McCann said the case gave them "great hope".
 

Coffee Copyright
A THAI COFFEE STALL CALLED STARBUNG IS FIGHTING STARBUCKS IN COURT
The US company want £6,000 because Starbung's logo looks like theirs

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Starbucks has filed a lawsuit against the Thai owner of the Starbung coffee stall because its logo supposedly infringes on the US chain's intellectual property rights.

Despite the fact both the name and logo do bear a pretty strong resemblance to the American company's name and logo, the 43-year-old Starbung owner, Damrong Maslae, has vowed to fight his case.

Maslae insists his logo has nothing to do with Starbucks, claiming instead that it was inspired by Islam,

"My logo is halal and has a moon and a star, and is green for the colour of Islam," he said. "Starbucks has insisted I take out the green and the words star and coffee. I can't do that."

As well as suing Maslae for £6,000, Starbucks is demanding 7.5 percent annual interest and monthly instalments of 30,000 baht (£597) until he relents.

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