- Police arrest Dominican accused of raping 60 women
FOXNews, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 03:18 PM
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested a man suspected of raping at least 60 women in the past two years. Police say 23-year-old Jonathan Parra confessed to raping women ages 16 to 28 after picking them up on his motorcycle while pretending to be a taxi driver in the popular tourist town of Puerto Plata. People routinely hail motorcycles as taxi cabs in the Dominican Republic. Police spokesman Jesus Cordero said Wednesday that officers arrested Parra after receiving complaints from numerous women. Cordero said at least 19 women have identified him as their attacker, and that police plan to interview more alleged victims. Parra is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. It is unclear if he has an attorney.
- UK official: London attack could be terror-related
Miami Herald, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 01:01 PM
A British official says a violent attack near a London barracks is being investigated as a possible terrorist act.
- Malawi Finds Buyer for Presidential Jet
ABCNews, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 10:50 AM
Malawi: Cost-cutting president sells off jet that was a symbol of wasteful spending
- Mortar Lands in Congo as UN Chief Arrives
ABCNews, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 07:28 AM
Mortar lands in Congolese city of Goma as UN Secretary-General arrives in capital
- Vatican Releases 1st Report of Financial Watchdog
ABCNews, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 07:12 AM
Vatican releases 1st report of financial watchdog, but several transparency issues remain
- Mais non! French universities may teach in English
Kansas City Star, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 07:06 AM
France's National Assembly is taking up an education reform bill that would allow public universities to hold some courses - like science or economics classes - in English, a plan that has alarmed language purists and the political far-right alike.
- UK to finalize plans for Afghan interpreters
FOXNews, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 07:01 AM
Britain is proposing to let Afghan interpreters who worked alongside its troops the right to settle in the U.K. in recognition of the risks to their personal safety. The plans will let around 600 interpreters who have worked on the front line for more than a year to relocate to Britain on a five-year visa. Those who do not meet the requirement will get a training and education package with the Afghan security forces and wages equivalent to their current salary. Downing Street said Wednesday officials are expected to finalize them within days, though British media, quoting government sources, reported that the plans have already been approved. Lawyers for three Afghan interpreters who launched a legal battle last month on the issue welcomed the move.
- Death toll rises to 23 in China factory blast
FOXNews, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 06:55 AM
The death toll from a massive blast at an explosives plant in eastern China has risen to 23 with 10 people still missing. The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that 19 others were injured by the explosion, which ripped through the plant in Shandong province on Monday. The blast was so strong that 10 of those killed could only be identified by their DNA. Experts from the State Administration of Work Safety have been sent to the factory and are investigating the cause of the explosion. China has sought to tighten access to explosives used for quarrying following a series of attacks by people using homemade bombs. However, safety rules are often ignored and industrial accidents remain common.
- Germany backs terror label for Hezbollah militants
Associated Press, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 06:41 AM
Germany says it supports adding the military wing of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah to the European Union's list of terrorist groups.
- Octogenarians race to be oldest Everest climber
Associated Press, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 03:35 AM
An 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier who just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest five years ago is back on the mountain to make another attempt at the title.
- Kerry pushes $2.1 billion Raytheon deal in Oman
FOXNews, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 03:06 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is talking with officials in Oman about their plans to buy a $2.1 billion air defense system from American manufacturer Raytheon. Kerry was meeting Wednesday with the Arab country's defense minister, a day after discussions with Oman's sultan. Kerry thanked them for their decision to buy a ground-based air defense system from the Massachusetts company. Omani Defense Minister Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi said his country was still in talks with Raytheon. He called Raytheon's system the most effective of its kind. The U.S. has pushed Persian Gulf countries to create an integrated defense network against the threat posed by Iran.
- Young objector challenges Israeli army
Associated Press, Wednesday - 05/22/2013 - 02:48 AM
The Israeli military has jailed a young man for six months for refusing to serve because of his opposition to Israel's occupation of the West Bank, focusing attention on the longstanding conflict between the country's universal military service and divided political beliefs.
- Nigeria: Islamic extremist inmates to be released
FOXNews, Tuesday - 05/21/2013 - 04:34 PM
Nigeria's military says the West African nation is prepared to release some of the prisoners it has taken in the country's fight against Islamic extremists. A short statement Tuesday from Nigeria's Defense Ministry offered no specifics about who would be released or when. The ministry said the releases were "consequent upon the directives" of President Goodluck Jonathan. A spokesman for Jonathan could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday night. The statement from the military comes as three states in the country's northeast remain under emergency rule, allowing soldiers to arrest anyone and occupy any building they believe harbors Islamic extremists. The nation has faced increasingly bloody insurgent attacks from extremists since 2010.