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Facebook to face trial in France over nude painting case

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PARIS — Social networking company Facebook would be tried in France for blocking a Frenchprofessor’s account after he posted a picture of a nude painting, a media report said.

A French court decided on Friday that a file against the company over a painting of a nude woman can be tried in France, rejecting Facebook’s argument that it is governed by Californian law, Reuters reported.

Facebook was sued by a French professor whose account was blocked after he posted a nineteenth century painting by Gustave Courbet, ‘The Origin of the World’, portraying a women’s genitalia.

The professor filed a case against the company, saying the site could not differentiate between pornography and art.

A Paris appeals court threw out Facebook’s appeal after the company argued that only the US courts had jurisdiction to hear cases against it.

The professor’s lawyer Stephane Cottineau said, “They might be multi-nationals but the court ruling means they are not outside French law. If they set up in France and contract workers here, then French law must be applied to them,” Cottineau added.

Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, had appealed against a Paris High Court’s authority to hear the case but the appeal court said Facebook’s claim was inadmissible.

Facebook said French courts were not competent to handle the case and that the contract with the user was “not a consumer contract because Facebook’s service was free.”

The French court will now decide whether or not the professor’s freedom of expression was violated.

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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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