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Man charged in Tennessee jogger's death pleads not guilty

Feb. 03, 2023 15:51 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The man charged with raping and killing a Tennessee kindergarten teacher during a pre-dawn run in Memphis last year pleaded not guilty Friday. Cleotha Henderson, who has also used the name Cleotha Abston, was indicted last week on charges that include...

World Health Organization employee released in Mali

Feb. 03, 2023 08:09 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A World Health Organization employee was released in northern Mali after being abducted by unidentified assailants, a spokesperson said Friday. Dr. Mahamadou Diawara was freed Thursday afternoon and is in Gao town, Abdoulaye Cisse, communication officer for the...

Sweden hits out at ‘disinformation’ on child kidnappings

Feb. 03, 2023 07:19 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish government again sought Friday to discredit claims that Swedish social service agencies kidnap Muslim children, saying Sweden was again seeing a “systematized” and “extensive” disinformation campaign. "This campaign has now gained momentum...

Texas woman accused of killing friend, taking baby sentenced

Feb. 02, 2023 17:48 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman accused of killing a close friend in 2019 who had just given birth and abducting the baby as part of an elaborate scheme to pass the infant off as her own pleaded guilty to murder charges Thursday, prosecutors said. Magen Fieramusca, 37, was...

Sudan teen refugee freed after 5 months in Libyan detention

Feb. 01, 2023 07:52 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese teen refugee has been released from a detention center in western Libya where he was held for five months after being kidnapped and tortured by gunmen demanding ransom, his family said Wednesday. Mazen Adam, 15, from Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur region,...

Ex-Florida police officers accused of beating homeless man

Jan. 26, 2023 18:39 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Two former South Florida police officers turned themselves in Thursday morning to face felony charges over the beating of a homeless man who had been drinking outside a shopping center last month, officials said. Lorenzo Orfila, 27, and Rafael Otano, 22, were booked...

45-year sentence given for 2020 attack on gay Louisiana man

Jan. 26, 2023 18:04 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the kidnapping and grisly knife attack on a teen in 2020 — part of what federal authorities said was a scheme to kidnap and murder gay men. Chance Seneca pleaded guilty to a federal kidnapping...

US and Canada not interested in sending armed force to Haiti

Jan. 24, 2023 19:06 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Canada -- the two countries most often mentioned as possible leaders of an international armed force to help Haiti combat gangs – showed no interest Tuesday in deploying security personnel despite renewed appeals from the United Nations and Haiti for...

World Health Organization employee abducted in northern Mali

Jan. 24, 2023 12:22 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A World Health Organization employee was abducted by unidentified assailants in northern Mali, the U.N. agency's director-general said Tuesday. Dr. Mahamadou Diawara was kidnapped from his car in the town of Menaka on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom...

UK govt says scores of child asylum-seekers are missing

Jan. 24, 2023 11:46 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Opposition parties and children’s advocates accused the U.K. government on Tuesday of putting vulnerable young people in danger, after authorities said scores of children who arrived in Britain as asylum-seekers have disappeared. Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick...