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Nelson Mandela's nephew jailed for 12 years after 'reign of terror'

The king of the Thembu clan goes to prison in South Africa for kidnapping, arson and assault<p>Nelson Mandela’s nephew – who also serves as king of the Thembu clan – began a 12-year prison sentence on Thursday for waging a “reign of terror” over his people in South Africa.<p>King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo …

Fairfield grandmother admits to drowning 4-year-old grandson, police say

A Northern California grandmother who police say admitted to drowning her 4-year-old grandson in a bathtub has been charged with murder and assault on a child, according to officials.<p>Dawn Raines-Hewes, 51, has been in custody since Tuesday morning, when police said neighbors saw her run screaming …

Crime

As Ukraine enters 2016, peace remains elusive

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>, Reporter<p>Despite a ceasefire signed in February that was supposed to have been completely implemented by the start of 2016, the prospect of peace in Ukraine remains elusive. The war in the country’s east between government troops and Russian-backed separatists — periodic …

Russia

Russia sentences blogger to 5 years in Siberian prison as Internet crackdown intensifies

Russia on Wednesday sentenced a blogger in the city of Tomsk to five years in a Siberian prison for "inciting extremism and hatred" after he …

President Obama Preparing To Take Executive Action On Guns

President Obama is preparing to take executive action on guns soon, after being rebuffed by Congress in his effort to crack down on gun violence.<p>Gun control advocates say the move could come as early as next week.<p>"The president has made clear he's not satisfied with where we are and expects that …

Guns

Hawaii raises smoking age to 21

HONOLULU — Hawaii is raising the legal smoking to age 21 for traditional and electronic cigarettes on Jan. 1, becoming the first state in the nation to do so.<p>Public health officials are hoping that by making it more difficult for young people to get their hands on cigarettes, they will keep them …

Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter charged in South Carolina hit-and-run

Carpenter, 26, turned himself in on misdemeanor charges of hit and run involving personal injury and making an improper left turn, the Columbia Police Department said in a statement. He was released on bond.<p>Police said Carpenter cooperated with the investigation and was not believed to have been …

South Carolina

Israel bans novel on Arab-Jewish love story

Israel's Ministry of Education has banned a novel that portrays a romantic relationship between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man on the grounds …

Two of 3,200 Washington Inmates Released by Mistake Are Linked to Killings

Two of as many as 3,200 inmates mistakenly released early in Washington state since 2002 have been connected to killings that occurred while they still should have been locked up, state officials acknowledged.<p>The prisoners were released early over the last 13 years because of problems calculating …

Crime

Obama, Lynch to meet ahead of new executive action on guns

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama will meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss options for tougher gun restrictions and is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales.<p>Described as "imminent" by people …

Guns

China's one-child policy goes but heartache remains

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> Sun Mingmei had always wanted a second child.<p>When she found out about an unexpected pregnancy in August, the initial joy only lasted for a few days before she decided to give the baby up.<p>Sun already had a daughter and to keep it, she would have to pay a fine of more than 200,000 …

China