Martin Meissner, Associated Press
Petra, a black swan, swims next to a swan-shaped boat after they were reunited Friday in Germany.

Germany: Swan, boat reunited

MUENSTER — Petra the black swan has been reunited with her beloved swan-shaped paddleboat after a failed romance with a real bird.

Officials at a Muenster zoo where Petra has been spending the winter took her to a nearby lake Friday and released her next to the paddleboat — shaped like a giant white swan.

Petra became so attached to the boat back in 2006 that she refused to leave its side. When winter came around, she and the boat were taken into the zoo.

In recent months, Petra had struck up a relationship with a real white swan. However, he abandoned her last weekend — and officials decided to reunite her with the boat, which was returned to its owner only last week.

Brazil: Teen admits killing 12

SAO PAULO — A 16-year-old boy has admitted to the murders of 12 people in southern Brazil, according to a police investigator who described a chillingly calm confession.

The teenager, whose identity was not revealed because he is a minor, allegedly told police he killed his victims over the past three months in a fit of rage or out of revenge, and police inspector Enizaldo Jose Plentz said Friday he believes the boy killed some of his victims for enjoyment.

Finland: Text-message scandal

HELSINKI — Pressure is mounting on Finland's foreign minister to resign after he sent reportedly raunchy text messages to an erotic dancer.

Ilkka Kanerva initially denied a magazine's report that he had sent about 200 messages on his mobile phone to the dancer. He later acknowledged sending some messages and apologized, but he insisted they were work-related.

The dancer, Johanna Tukiainen, contradicted Kanerva, saying the foreign minister had inquired in the messages about what she was wearing under her evening dress.

Mexico: Beastly prisoner

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS — A prisoner is behind bars in southern Mexico for acting beastly.

Residents of the town of Canalumtic say the bull devoured their corn crops and destroyed two wooden shops, so they had it thrown in the slammer.

The bull will not be released until the owner pays damages, to be determined by a local judge, police commander Felipe Gomez said Friday.

The owner, Moises Santiz, said he'll pay a maximum of $400 — the same price he forked over for the bull four months ago.

Russia: Cultists leave cave

MOSCOW — Seven women who had holed up in a cave for months with other members of a Russian cult awaiting the end of the world emerged Friday night and were being treated by emergency workers, regional officials said.

More than two dozen others remained behind but were expected to come out as early as today, the governor's office said.

About 35 members of the Christian cult entered the cave near the village of Nikolskoye, 400 miles southeast of Moscow, in early November to await the end of the world, which they expected in May. They threatened to detonate gas canisters if police tried to remove them by force.

Zimbabwe: Streets patrolled

HARARE — Soldiers took to the streets with armored cars and water cannons Friday as Zimbabwe's security chiefs warned that they were ready to confront any violence during the weekend's crucial presidential election in this economically wrecked African nation.

The opposition urged its supporters to defend their ballots against what they have charged is a plot by the ruling party to rig today's vote.

DESERET MORNING NEWS, SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2008

Germany: Swan, boat reunited

MUENSTER — Petra the black swan has been reunited with her beloved swan-shaped paddleboat after a failed romance with a real bird.

Officials at a Muenster zoo where Petra has been spending the winter took her to a nearby lake Friday and released her next to the paddleboat — shaped like a giant white swan.

Petra became so attached to the boat back in 2006 that she refused to leave its side. When winter came around, she and the boat were taken into the zoo.

In recent months, Petra had struck up a relationship with a real white swan. However, he abandoned her last weekend — and officials decided to reunite her with the boat, which was returned to its owner only last week.

Brazil: Teen admits killing 12

SAO PAULO — A 16-year-old boy has admitted to the murders of 12 people in southern Brazil, according to a police investigator who described a chillingly calm confession.

The teenager, whose identity was not revealed because he is a minor, allegedly told police he killed his victims over the past three months in a fit of rage or out of revenge, and police inspector Enizaldo Jose Plentz said Friday he believes the boy killed some of his victims for enjoyment.

Finland: Text-message scandal

HELSINKI — Pressure is mounting on Finland's foreign minister to resign after he sent reportedly raunchy text messages to an erotic dancer.

Ilkka Kanerva initially denied a magazine's report that he had sent about 200 messages on his mobile phone to the dancer. He later acknowledged sending some messages and apologized, but he insisted they were work-related.

The dancer, Johanna Tukiainen, contradicted Kanerva, saying the foreign minister had inquired in the messages about what she was wearing under her evening dress.

Mexico: Beastly prisoner

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS — A prisoner is behind bars in southern Mexico for acting beastly.

Residents of the town of Canalumtic say the bull devoured their corn crops and destroyed two wooden shops, so they had it thrown in the slammer.

The bull will not be released until the owner pays damages, to be determined by a local judge, police commander Felipe Gomez said Friday.

The owner, Moises Santiz, said he'll pay a maximum of $400 — the same price he forked over for the bull four months ago.

Russia: Cultists leave cave

MOSCOW — Seven women who had holed up in a cave for months with other members of a Russian cult awaiting the end of the world emerged Friday night and were being treated by emergency workers, regional officials said.

More than two dozen others remained behind but were expected to come out as early as today, the governor's office said.

About 35 members of the Christian cult entered the cave near the village of Nikolskoye, 400 miles southeast of Moscow, in early November to await the end of the world, which they expected in May. They threatened to detonate gas canisters if police tried to remove them by force.

Zimbabwe: Streets patrolled

HARARE — Soldiers took to the streets with armored cars and water cannons Friday as Zimbabwe's security chiefs warned that they were ready to confront any violence during the weekend's crucial presidential election in this economically wrecked African nation.

The opposition urged its supporters to defend their ballots against what they have charged is a plot by the ruling party to rig today's vote.

DESERET MORNING NEWS, SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2008