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2 Zimbabweans arrested, American being sought for killing of protected lion named Cecil

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.

Authorities on Tuesday said two Zimbabwean men will appear in court for allegedly helping lure the lion outside of its protected area to kill it. The American faces poaching charges, according to police spokeswoman Charity Charamba. READ

New York prison worker pleads guilty to helping 2 convicted killers in their elaborate escape

A U.S. prison worker pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers who later broke out in a brazen, elaborate escape that captured the world’s attention for more than two weeks. READ

Libyan court sentences Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, to death over killings in 2011 uprising

Moammar Gadhafi’s son and onetime heir apparent was convicted and sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on charges of murder and inciting genocide during the country’s 2011 uprising. READ

Syrian militants, rebels capture hills in northwest in push toward government strongholds

Syrian militants and other rebels captured strategic hills and a power station in the northwest on Tuesday, a push that brings them closer to several President Bashar Assad’s strongholds, activists said. READ

Colombia to begin digging up urban landfill looking for mass grave of 'disappeared’ youths

The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum. READ

Greek bailout talks poised to start as government reels from Varoufakis’ 'Plan B’ confirmation

The Greek government was poised Monday for the imminent start of intricate bailout discussion but faced rebuke following revelations that former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, formed a secret committee to plan for the possible conversion of euros into drachmas “at a drop of a hat.” READ

U.S., Turkey agree on outlines of plan for Islamic State-free zone in northern Syria

Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border — a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area. READ

Two bodies recovered near where two Canadians went missing in New Zealand

New Zealand Police say two bodies have now been recovered in the area where Canadian tourists Etienne Lemieux and Louis-Vincent Lessard went missing earlier this month. READ

San Diego judge indicates he’ll dismiss right-to-die lawsuit by terminally ill Californians

A county judge has indicated he will dismiss a lawsuit by terminally ill Californians seeking the right to choose when to end their lives. READ

In a tactical shift, Turkish warplanes strike Islamic State targets across the border in Syria

In a major tactical shift, Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State group targets Friday across the border in Syria, Turkish officials announced — a move that came a day after IS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost, killing a soldier. READ

Theater gunman’s family called him mentally ill and violent; hid his guns

The man who killed two people and wounded nine others at a movie theatre was so mentally ill and violent that years ago, his wife hid his guns and his family had him hospitalized against his will before obtaining a court order to keep him away. READ

U.S. Congress members express concern over timing of Canadian oxycodone rules

Some members of the U.S. Congress are concerned Canada is taking too long to force all oxycodone producers to make tamper-resistant forms of the drug. READ

Bombs kill 53 as Nigerian leader warns US refusal to sell arms hampering war on Boko Haram

Bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram killed 29 people in Nigeria and 24 in Cameroon, officials said Thursday after Nigeria’s new president warned that the U.S. refusal to sell his country strategic weapons is “aiding and abetting” the Islamic extremist group. READ

US-trained Iraqi troops to join Ramadi counteroffensive

For the first time, Iraqi troops trained by the U.S.-led coalition have been added to the assault force Iraq is using to retake the city of Ramadi, a U.S. military official said Thursday. READ

Border agents pull out of Trump events as he forges ahead with contentious visit

A local border patrol union pulled out of events involving Donald Trump on Thursday as the Republican presidential contender charged ahead with his visit at the Mexican border to highlight his hardline stance on illegal immigration. READ

Bailout talks move back to Athens, as tough new conditions approved

Discussions over Greece’s third bailout in five years are set to begin in Athens imminently after Greece’s parliament approved Thursday tough new conditions set by European creditors. READ

Hundreds of Ukrainian right-wingers hold anti-government rally in Kyiv; call for a referendum

KIEV, Ukraine — Hundreds of Ukrainian right-wingers were rallying in Kyiv on Tuesday to protest against government policies in the wake of a deadly stand-off between radical nationalists and police in the country’s west. READ

Gunman attacks 2 military sites in Tennessee; 4 Marines and shooter are killed

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting centre and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines before he was shot to death by police, and sending service members scrambling for cover as bullets smashed through the windows. READ

Stampede kills at least 27 people during Hindu religious bathing festival in southern India

At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured Tuesday in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival on a river bank in southern India. READ

Greece pledges to crack down on tax evasion as a way of life as part of bailout tax reform

Dimitris Bokas keeps meticulous records of the bathroom fixtures he sells from his small shop in the quiet middle-class residential neighbourhood of Koukaki near the centre of Athens — just in case a tax inspector makes a surprise visit to ensure Greece’s 23 per cent sales tax is being collected and reported correctly. READ

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