Some 2,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 16 bodies recovered
About 2,200 migrants were plucked to safety in the central Mediterranean in 21 rescue missions on Monday and 16 bodies were recovered, the Italian Coast Guard said. A statement said Coast Guard ships as well as fishing boats, merchant ships and vessels from humanitarian organisations took part in the separate operations under direction of the Coast Guard command in Rome. The central Mediterranean route between North Africa and Italy is a highly perilous one for migrants.
Kenyan president commutes all death sentences to life in prison
President Uhuru Kenyatta commuted all death sentences in Kenya to life jail terms on Monday, removing 2,747 convicts from death row in a nation that has not executed anyone for about three decades. In addition to commuting the sentences of 2,655 men and 92 women, Kenyatta also signed pardon warrants to release 102 long-term serving convicts, the presidential State House said. A mass commutation of prisoners on death row was last signed in 2009 by the then President Mwai Kibaki.
On Trump, Sen. McConnell has gone from quiet to mum
Asian stocks mixed after economic data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday in moderate trading as upbeat reports on manufacturing in the U.S. and Europe were followed by weak growth data from South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy.
4 killed on river rapids ride at Australian theme park
Death toll in Pakistan police academy attack rises to 59
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) ? A Pakistani police official says the death toll from a brazen overnight militant attack on a police training center in the southwestern city of Quetta has risen to 59 people, mostly police cadets and trainees.
Twelve killed in attack in northeast Kenya: mediaNAIROBI (Reuters) - Twelve people were killed in an attack in Mandera in northeast Kenya on Tuesday by suspected Islamist militants from the Somalia's al Shabaab group, Kenyan media quoted police as saying, the latest strike in an area by the militants. Privately-owned television stations Citizen and NTV said 12 people were killed in the attack on a guest house. The privately-owned Daily Nation newspaper also gave the same death toll, quoting the head of police for Mandera East. (Reporting by George Obulutsa; Editing by Michael Perry)
Trump brand loses luster with affluent
Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown ...
Al Shabaab gunmen kill intelligence officer in Somali capital
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Gunmen from Somalia's al Shabaab militant group shot dead a senior intelligence officer as he walked to a mosque in Mogadishu late on Monday, police and the group said. Colonel Abdiasis Araye was killed in the capital's Waberi district, police officer Ismail Hussein told Reuters. "We reached the scene but the militants had already escaped," Hussein added. Al Shabaab launches regular attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple Somalia's Western-backed government and impose its version of Islam. ...
Hong Kong court sees chilling video describing torture
HONG KONG (AP) ? A jury in Hong Kong watched chilling video Tuesday of a British banker describing how he tortured and killed an Indonesian woman he met in a bar, saying he repeatedly raped her and "tortured her badly."