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Police step up search for missing boy in western Sweden

Dante disappeared on Tuesday. Photo: Private/Police handout

The search for a 12-year-old boy w..

Dante disappeared on Tuesday. Photo: Private/Police handout

The search for a 12-year-old boy who went missing on Tuesday afternoon continued on Friday.

Dante disappeared near his home in Tröingeberg, Falkenberg, at 5pm on Tuesday. The dog was later found, but it is not thought the boy, who has Down syndrome, knows his way home by himself.

Police have ordered a no-fly zone until November 13th to be able to search for the boy with helicopters and drones without disruptions. On Thursday divers searched the river Ätran and all trains through Falkenberg were halted briefly while they looked for him in a railway tunnel.

A spokesperson for non-profit organization Missing People, which is involved in the search efforts, said around 3,000 people – a record number – had got in touch to volunteer to help.

"Falkenberg is a small town, so many people have a relation to the 12-year-old or know someone who knows him," Jörgen Olsson told Swedish broadcaster TV4. "Local businesses have brought soup and supplies and children have been baking cookies for those who are looking for the boy."

Police divers searched a nearby river on Thursday. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

There were no immediate signs the boy had fallen victim to a crime, but police have nonetheless launched an investigation into kidnapping. They said the reason was that because they did not know where he was or how he had gone missing, a formal probe made it easier to investigate.

Dante was dressed in a blue coat with a hood and black shoes at the time of his disappearance. He is around 140 centimetres tall, slim and with blond hair to his ears. Police urged anyone based in Sweden with information of his whereabouts to contact the national police telephone 114 14.

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OVER 240 CHILDREN LOST THEIR LIVES TO EBOLA

Two hundred and forty three children have lost their lives to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Co..

Two hundred and forty three children have lost their lives to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while 340 children are reported to have caught the disease, since the outbreak started in August last year, according to latest DRC government figures. (more…)

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OVER 240 CHILDREN LOST THEIR LIVES TO EBOLA

Two hundred and forty three children have lost their lives to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Co..

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Gorillas pose for selfie with DR Congo anti-poaching unit

Two gorillas have been photographed posing for a relaxed selfie with the rangers who rescued them as..

Two gorillas have been photographed posing for a relaxed selfie with the rangers who rescued them as babies.

The image was taken at a gorilla orphanage in Virunga National Park, DR Congo, where the animals were raised after poachers killed their parents.

The park’s deputy director told BBC Newsday that they had learned to imitate their carers, who have looked after them since they were found.

The gorillas, he added, think of the rangers as their parents.

Innocent Mburanumwe, deputy director of Virunga, told the BBC that that the gorillas’ mothers were both killed in July 2007.

The gorillas were just two and four months old at the time.

Shortly afterwards, they were found and taken to Senkwekwe Sanctuary in Virunga, where they have lived ever since.

Because they’ve grown up with the rangers who rescued them, Mr Mburanumwe added, “they are imitating the humans” – and standing on two legs is their way of “learning to be human beings”.

But it “doesn’t happen normally”, he said. (more…)

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