The Mysterious Flamingo Beheadings

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Somebody is beheading the Frankfurt Zoo’s flamingos

For The Week, Peter Weber writes: People do all kinds of stupid, crazy things, but what kind of a monster sneaks into a zoo and beheads sleeping flamingos? Officials at Germany’s Frankfurt Zoo want to know rather urgently, after discovering 15 dead Chilean flamingos late last week, several of them with severed necks.

“Who would do such a thing? Psychopaths? Was it a completely out-of-order test of courage among young people? Or was it Satanists?”

— Die Welt

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First glimpse of newly uncovered, Nazi looted art collection released on German website

The Austrian home of German Cornelius Gurlitt in Salzburg, Austria, on Nov. 11, 2013. The German government said some 590 artworks discovered in Gurlitt's Munich apartment may have been looted by the Nazis from Jewish collections.

The Austrian home of German Cornelius Gurlitt in Salzburg, Austria, on Nov. 11, 2013. The German government said some 590 artworks discovered in Gurlitt’s Munich apartment may have been looted by the Nazis from Jewish collections.

Josie Le Blond in Berlin and Damien McElroy report:  The German government has bowed to international pressure and begun publishing an online list of works from a huge art trove found in a Munich flat.

Twenty-five of the 1,406 paintings discovered in Cornelius Gurlitt’s home will be displayed on a website created to help establish the provenance of works seized by the Nazis, following calls from Jewish groups and art experts.

The government has been heavily criticised for keeping silent for 21 months about the cache – thought to be worth up to $1.4 billion – notably by families whose relatives were robbed by the Nazis.

Mr Gurlitt has been seen in public for the first time since the discovery was made public two weeks ago.

Handout photos made available by German prosecutors on the German Federal official website www.lostart.de shows 25 paintings found in a Munich apartment. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Handout photos made available by German prosecutors on the German Federal official website http://www.lostart.de shows 25 paintings found in a Munich apartment. CLICK TO ENLARGE. http://www.lostart.de/AFP/Getty Images

The 80-year-old collector, who has been in hiding, was spotted in a winter coat and scarf as he wandered around a Munich shopping centre.

He was reported Tuesday to have written to the news magazine Der Spiegel asking that his name never appear again on its pages.

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