World Topics

Sep 9, 2014

Fueling drug gangs' impunity, unidentified corpses pile up in Mexico

In Mexico’s blood-soaked northern state of Sinaloa, a simple gravestone adorned with pink, blue and yellow plastic flowers marks the tomb of 42-year-old assistant carpenter Carlos Montano. But Montano is alive and well in the city of Tijuana, hundreds of miles away near the ...

Nigeria's Christians fear persecution from Boko Haram rampage

Sep 9, 2014

Nigeria's Christians fear persecution from Boko Haram rampage

Christians in northeast Nigeria are paying a heavy price at the hands of Boko Haram, even if they are not being targeted specifically by the militants in their bloody quest for an Islamic state. Several towns in the northeastern states of Yobe, Borno and ...

Sep 9, 2014

Three German al-Shabab suspects arrested in Frankfurt

Three German men suspected of being members of the Somali-based terrorist organization al-Shabab were arrested at Frankfurt airport after landing there on a flight from Kenya, prosecutors said Monday. In Kenya, police said they are investigating a possible connection between those three men and ...

Jack the Ripper identified through DNA traces: sleuth

Sep 8, 2014

Jack the Ripper identified through DNA traces: sleuth

Jack the Ripper, one of the most notorious serial killers in history, has been identified through DNA traces found on a shawl, claims a sleuth in a book out on Tuesday. The true identity of Jack the Ripper, whose grisly murders terrorized the murky ...

Sep 5, 2014

U.N.: one-fifth of murder victims are under 20

About 120 million girls worldwide have been forced to have sex and one-fifth of homicide victims globally are under 20 years old, resulting in 95,000 deaths in 2012, according to a United Nations report released Thursday. Drawing on data from 190 countries, the report ...

Sep 5, 2014

New York City police to test wearable cameras in coming months

New York City’s police commissioner unveiled body cameras on Thursday that his department will start testing soon, demonstrating the equipment by playing a short video showing a notably good-natured traffic stop from an officer’s perspective. “I’m going to issue you a summons for that ...

Ex-Virginia governor, estranged wife guilty of public corruption

Sep 5, 2014

Ex-Virginia governor, estranged wife guilty of public corruption

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted Thursday of using his office to promote a dietary supplement in exchange for gifts in a public corruption case that derailed the career of a onetime rising Republican star. A federal jury convicted Bob ...

Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder

Sep 5, 2014

Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder

More than two months after his son’s death in a hot car, a man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours was charged with murder on Thursday. A grand jury indicted Justin Ross ...

Sep 4, 2014

Ex-prostitute marches on Paris for law to criminalize clients

A former prostitute began an 800-km (500-mile) march across France on Wednesday to demand that the French government make good on its promise to penalize clients. Rosen Hicher, 57, an activist for the group Survivors of Prostitution, is protesting that a law to fine ...

Sep 4, 2014

Teen who climbed World Trade Center gets community service

A criminal case against a thrill-seeking teenager who climbed the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower was closed Wednesday with a community-service sentence he had already completed. After a stunt that spotlighted lapses at one of the nation’s most security-conscious locales, 16-year-old Justin Casquejo did ...

Sep 4, 2014

DNA-cleared U.S. half-brothers freed after three decades in prison

North Carolina’s longest-serving death-row inmate and his younger half-brother walked out as free men Wednesday, three decades after they were convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl who DNA evidence shows may have been killed by another man. Henry McCollum, 50, hugged his ...