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U.S. citizen to be put on trial in North Korea

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A U.S. citizen will be put on trial in North Korea for "committing crimes" and trying to bring down the country's regime, according to North Korea's official news agency, as reported by NPR.

Kenneth Bae, 44, has been imprisoned since November. He was with five other tourists when a hard disk was found in their belongings. He was entering Rason, a city near North Korea's border with China and Russia, according to Aljazeera.

Friends of Bae say he is a Christian missionary who came from China to North Korea to feed orphans, according to the AP, as reported by NPR.


A 5-year-old Indian girl's kidnapping, rape, and torture has spurred hundreds of people to protest at New Delhi's police headquarters Saturday, according to the New York Times.

A medical bulletin released Saturday said the girl is alert and in stable condition, according to the Washington Post.

The 22-year-old man accused of kidnapping, raping, and torturing the girl has been taken into custody, according to the Washington Post.

The body of Chile's Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who has been dead for 40 years, has been exhumed by forensic experts, according to the Star Tribune.

The forensic experts hope to discover if Neruda did indeed die of prostate cancer as he was originally believed to, or if he died of poisoning as his former driver, Manuel Araya, says, according to the New York Times.

Araya and Neruda's former bodyguard said that Neruda was murdered by agents of Gen. Augusto Pinochet who injected his stomach with poison, according to the Star Tribune.

Fiery crash kills 36 people in Nigeria

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A crash in southwest Nigeria involving a bus, gasoline tanker, and a truck, killed 36 people Friday, according to the AP.

A bus crashed into a tanker, which had caught on fire after a tire from a truck struck it. The fire spread to a mechanic's shop, killing two children, according to CNN.

Three people from the bus and tanker survived, according to the AP.

Nigeria has one of the world's highest traffic fatality rates, according to data from the World Health Organization, reported the AP.

A 14-year-old girl was found dead after being mauled by a pack of dogs Tuesday, according to the Telegraph.

Jade Anderson was found dead in a house in Greater Manchester. She had wounds consistent with those of a dog attack. Four dogs were put down by police, and a third was contained at the scene, according to the Independent.

Police were called after someone reported seeing an unconscious teenager and a pack of out of control dogs, according to the Independent.

Anderson had been visiting a friend, and the dogs were owned by the friend's mother, according to the Telegraph.


Two Quebec inmates escaped prison Sunday by climbing a rope into a hovering helicopter, according to CBS.

Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, 36, and Danny Provencal, 33, escaped in broad daylight from a jail northwest of Montreal, according to the New York Times.

Quebec police say they arrested three people, including Hudon-Barbeau, about 30 miles north of the jail. They are still searching for Povencal, according to CBS.

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve new sanctions against North Korea in response to the country's nuclear tests last month, according to the New York Times.

The sanctions are intended to make it difficult for North Korea to fund or create nuclear or missile programs. Cargo will be more closely inspected, and all countries are now banned from exporting expensive jewelry, yachts, luxury cars and racing cars to North Korea, according to the AP.

North Korea responded to the sanctions by declaring against the United States what may be what the AP calls "the most specific open threat of a nuclear strike by any country against another."

The sanctions were drafted by China, who is an ally of North Korea, and the United States. China's support of the sanctions has greatly angered North Korea's government, according to the New York Times.

Pistorius granted bail

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Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was granted a $112,400 bail Friday in a South African courtroom.

Pistorius is accused of premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The court agrees he killed her, but the defense is arguing he thought she was an intruder, according to CNN.

Pistorius must hand in his passports and any other guns he owns. He cannot leave the district of Pretoria without the permission of his probation officer, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Magistrate Desmond Nair concluded that the defense had not proven that the state's case was weak. He said the recently removed chief investigating officer's testimony was "tarnished", according to the Wall Street Journal.

South Korea reveals new precision-guided weapon

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South Korea displayed their military and technological power Thursday, two days after North Korea conducted a nuclear test, according to The Sun.

South Korea staged military drills, and its defense ministry revealed a new weapon, which was demonstrated for reporters via a video presentation. Spokesman Kim Min-Seok said the new weapon could strike any target in North Korea.

"The curise missile unveiled to day is a precision-guided weapon that can identify and strike the office window of the North's command headquarters," Kim Min-Seok said, according to The Sun.

South Korea's announcement and demonstrations came after North Korea's third and most recent nuclear weapons test Tuesday. North Korea has been increasingly vocal about its plans to have intercontinental ballistic weapons, according to the New York Times.

The French branch of the Swedish frozen-food company Findus said Saturday they will sue an unidentified Romanian beef producer after horsemeat was found in beef products.

According to a report by CNN, "Findus said it had been told that its products were being made with French beef, not Romanian horsemeat."

The British branch of Findus has conducted its own tests on its beef-products, which may have shown that the horsemeat found in a beef lasagna was intentional, according to CNN

The British lasagna product contained at least 60 percent horsemeat. While horsemeat is generally not a health risk, the mislabeling of food products has caused great disgust, and new food testing standards will be put in place, according to the Huffington Post.

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