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ISIS sex slave was raped in hospital after trying to kill herself to escape torment

An ISIS sex slave who tried to kill herself said she was raped in her hospital bed while hearing the desperate cries of her sister being raped next …

White restaurant manager enslaved black man for years, federal prosecutors say

By Derek Hawkins<p>, Reporter<p>A white restaurant manager accused of enslaving and abusing a mentally disabled black man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in South Carolina on a charge of forced labor.<p>Federal prosecutors say Bobby Paul Edwards used “force, threats of force, physical restraint, …

South Carolina

Seven members of Syria's White Helmets shot dead by unknown gunmen

Seven member of the Syrian White Helmets rescue group were shot dead by unknown gunmen on Saturday, sparking a manhunt and deep suspicions in the rebel-controlled province of Idlib.<p>The men were killed in their operations centre in the village of Sarmin at dawn on Saturday. Two of their vehicles as …

Middle East

Around the World in 26 Books

A wonderful thing about the world of books is that there is always more reading to be done. Well, beloved book nerds, this week we shared some …

Books

‘It’s a massacre’: At least 30 children die in Indian hospital after oxygen is cut off

By Annie Gowen<p>, Bureau chief<p>NEW DELHI — One by one, the infants and children slipped away Thursday night, their parents watching helplessly as oxygen supplies at the government hospital ran dangerously low.<p>At least 30 children died Thursday and into Friday at a hospital in the northern Indian state …

Yogi Adityanath

Postmortems solve strange case of French pair who died at dinner

Speculation about what caused two men to die suddenly in Authon-du-Perche had gripped France<p>When two men enjoying a summer dinner of roasted beef and canned beans dropped dead in Authon-du-Perche, the French village found itself at the centre of what seemed to be a sinister mystery that gripped the …

France

Police: Baby abandoned by mom survived 3 days in plastic bag

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — Two sisters who thought a dog was making noises near their neighbor's bushes discovered something shocking: a filthy 8-month-old …

Crime

Watch: Jewish driver narrowly escapes lynch mob

An Israeli man narrowly escaped a lynch mob which had formed near the town of Tekoa in eastern Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem over the weekend.<p>On …

In one Iraqi town, a visit to the first bar to reopen after Islamic State rule

By Liz Sly<p>, Bureau chief<p>Aaso Amin Shwan<p>QARAQOSH, Iraq — This little Christian town in northern Iraq remains a sad, abandoned place more than nine months after the Islamic State was kicked out. Row upon row of houses stand burned and destroyed. The churches are vandalized and blackened with soot. …

Islam

Man charged over rape of 14-year-old girl at a station in Birmingham

A man has been charged with rape after a 14-year-old girl was attacked twice on the same night.<p>Khurram Rahi, 27, from Smethwick, will appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Monday over the first alleged incident at Witton station in the city.<p>A 34-year-old man who was also arrested on Saturday …

San Jose serial cat killer gets 16-year sentence

A serial cat killer in San Jose who pleaded guilty to torturing and dismembering a number of beloved neighborhood felines was sentenced Friday to a maximum term of 16 years in jail.<p>Robert Farmer, 26, pleaded guilty in October to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty. Though Santa Clara County Superior …

Shooting by deputy leaves man dead, girlfriend charged, questions unanswered

<b>Mamou, Louisiana (CNN) —</b> On a gravel road in Louisiana's Cajun country, a sheriff's deputy stopped a man and his girlfriend riding an ATV as the couple headed out to go frogging -- the popular pastime of hunting for frogs in ditches and ponds.<p>A struggle broke out between the men, and the deputy …

Crime

Ex-Vanderbilt Football Player Found Guilty In Gang Rape Of Unconscious Student

Surveillance footage showed four men carrying the unconscious victim into a dorm room.<p>A former football player for Vanderbilt University was found guilty on Friday of the 2013 rape of an unconscious woman on the floor of a dorm room. Brandon Banks, now 23, is the third ex-football player from the …

Five dead after being electrocuted at Turkey water park

Five people have died after being electrocuted at a water park in northwest Turkey, including three children.<p>The children, aged 12, 15 and 17, were caught up in an electrical current in the pool in the town of Akyazi in Sakarya province.<p>Seeing the children in distress, the park's 58-year-old …

Muslims on India train assaulted 'because they ate beef'

<b>A man arrested in India for being part of a mob that attacked a group of four Muslim teenagers on a train has said on TV that he was goaded into it by others because Muslims ate beef.</b><p>The man, identified only as Ramesh, said he was drunk at the time of the attack in Haryana state on Friday.<p>One of …

India

Slow Cooked Cuban Sandwich

Italian Coast Guard waited 5 hours before rescuing drowning refugees, tapes show

Audio logs obtained by Italian news magazine <i>L'Espresso</i> show that authorities ignored repeated pleas from refugees for hours as they drowned less than …

Maple-Roasted Vegetables

• Calories 130.65<br>• Fat 7.14g<br>• Sat fat 1.01g<br>• Protein 3.38g<br>• Carbohydrate 15.98g<br>• Fiber 4.72g<br>• Sugar 7.29g<br>• Cholesterol 0mg<br>• Iron 1.41mg<br>• Sodium 296.87mg<br>• Calcium …

Refugee youths find safe haven in Boy Scouts of America

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Boy Scouts Jean Tuyishime and Moise Tuyikunde sit around a crackling campfire under a canopy of stars in Colorado's Rocky …

Suicide bomber, aged 10, blows herself up in attack at Maiduguri food market

One in five 'suicide bombers' used by Boko Haram is a child, according to Unicef.<p>A young child detonated a bomb strapped to her body in a suspected …

Shooter kills 11, himself in Brazil New Year's party rampage

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A gunman stormed a house party and killed 11 people, including his former wife and 8-year-old son, before shooting himself in the head during a New Year’s party in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas late on Saturday.<p>Police in the state of São Paulo said the …

Slain partiers came to Istanbul from near and far to celebrate the New Year

By Erin Cunningham<p>, Middle East reporter<p>Kareem Fahim<p>, Bureau chief<p>ISTANBUL — Leanne Nasser was a bright-eyed Arab Israeli teenager, in Istanbul with friends for New Year’s despite her father’s concerns about safety. Fatih Cakmak, who survived a bomb attack only weeks ago, was hired to work security …

Extremism

Pennsylvania couple died of overdoses, baby starved to death, police say | NOLA.com

Two young parents died of apparent drug overdoses in a Pennsylvania home about a week ago.<p>Left alone in her bassinet, the couple's infant died three …

Facebook's fake news problem, explained

News stories are supposed to help ordinary voters understand the world around them. But in the 2016 election, news stories online too often had the opposite effect. Stories rocketed around the internet that were misleading, sloppily reported, or in some cases totally made up.<p>Over the course of …

Nigeria is planning a six-lane 'superhighway' through a remote rainforest. Environmentalists are not happy

Pressure is mounting to stop construction of a proposed six-lane highway through a Nigerian rainforest that is home to hundreds of thousands of people and vulnerable wildlife.<p>The road, locally referred to as a superhighway, is planned in southeastern Nigeria's Cross River state and would be 162 …

73-year-old Calif. man with dementia fatally shot by police was carrying crucifix, not gun

By Travis M. Andrews<p>, Staff writer<p>Slightly after midnight on Monday, police in Bakersfield, Calif., received a call concerning a man thought to be brandishing a weapon in a residential neighborhood.<p>Shortly after police arrived, 73-year-old Francisco Serna — who family members said was suffering …

Law Enforcement

'I have absolutely no idea what this is': Inside the real Santa’s workshop in China where workers produce most of the world's festive decorations

There’s no elves, no snow and its thousands of miles from the North Pole. But what’s really missing from the real-life Santa’s Workshop – a grimy Chinese town that produces 60 percent of the world’s festive paraphernalia – is any interest in Christmas.<p>“I have absolutely no idea what this is,” a …

Another day, another dead wildlife ranger. Where is the outrage? | Sean Willmore

Every year more than 100 wildlife rangers are murdered in the line of duty. Why do they get so little support? And where is the outrage?<p>As we sat by the campfire, Gervais, a ranger from the forests of Malawi, slowly pulled back his hair to expose a 20cm scar left by a machete attack that nearly …

Wildlife

Turmeric Chicken with Tzatziki

More than adding color, turmeric also provides a distinct flavor to this chicken, ginger and tangy yogurt sauce recipe.<p>Turmeric is all the rage for …