World briefs – June 3

Police say they’ve taken 32 pregnant teenagers from an illegal clinic accused of selling babies in Nigeria’s southeast.

Police raid clinic accused of selling babies

LAGOS, Nigeria — Police say they’ve taken 32 pregnant teenagers from an illegal clinic accused of selling babies in Nigeria’s southeast.

The Abia state police chief said Thursday that police raided the clinic in Aba Saturday and found the pregnant girls, many of them in poor condition. Police arrested the facility’s director and the girls.

Bala Hassan says police believe the girls went willingly to the facility to give birth to unwanted babies and sell them.

He says one of them told police that babies sell for $160 to $200. Traditionally, boys are preferred, as they can inherit land according to the local Igbo culture.

Police accuse the director of reselling the babies at a higher price, but he denies that claim. He told police he is a doctor and that the babies are placed in orphanages.

Five people killed in shooting in Arizona

YUMA, Ariz. — Authorities have identified the man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding one other in southwest Arizona, and they say he has killed himself.

Yuma police say the shooter was 73-year-old Carey Hal Dyess of Yuma. They say Yuma County sheriff’s deputies found Dyess dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shootings happened Thursday morning.

One person was killed in the downtown Yuma area, while the other four were killed in Yuma County.

The wounded person was flown to a Phoenix-area hospital.

Police say an investigation determined the shootings were linked.

Authorities have not released the victims’ names, but say the person killed within city limits was an adult male. They say Dyess entered a business and shot him.

Document proves Mladic has cancer: lawyer

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Ratko Mladic’s lawyer said Thursday that he has a document proving the war crimes suspect has been battling cancer and that he was treated at a Serbian hospital in 2009, but a Serbian prosecutor called it a hoax.

Milos Saljic told The Associated Press that Mladic has suffered from lymph node cancer and that he underwent surgery and chemotherapy for it in 2009. The lawyer showed the AP what he called a photocopy of a doctors’ diagnosis saying that Mladic was in a Serbia hospital between April 20 and July 18, 2009. The document has blackened out letterhead and signatures to hide the names of the hospital and the doctors who allegedly treated Mladic.

The top of the medical certificate clearly bears Mladic’s name, date and place of birth, his father’s name and Mladic’s rank as a general. However, Mladic’s name does not appear anywhere else on the certificate, which refers only to “the patient.”

The mention of Mladic’s rank suggests the form could come from a military facility, but Belgrade’s military hospital refused to comment on Thursday.

Saljic gave a copy of the letter to a judge and prosecutors in Serbia hours before his unsuccessful bid Tuesday to prevent Mladic’s extradition to The Hague for prosecution on war crime charges.

One of those officials, Serbian deputy war crimes prosecutor Bruno Vekaric, said Thursday the document “looks like a hoax” and he questioned the diagnosis cited in it.

Serbia’s Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac accused Saljic of “manipulating the public” and was skeptical about his claims. “I really don’t believe in that story, but we’ll investigate,” the minister said.

FBI investigates email hacking charge

WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating allegations that computer hackers in China broke into Google’s email system, but no official government email accounts have been compromised, the Obama administration said Thursday.

Google said Wednesday that personal Gmail accounts of several hundred people, including senior U.S. government officials, military personnel and political activists, had been exposed. Google traced the origin of the attacks to Jinan, China, the home city of a military vocational school whose computers were linked to a more sophisticated assault on Google’s systems 17 months ago. The two attacks are not believed to be linked.

Weiner roast shows no signs of abating

WASHINGTON — Until this week, Anthony Weiner was best known as one of the most passionate liberals on Capitol Hill, a colourful Democrat at home in front of the cameras as he clashed with conservatives on everything from health-care reform to abortion rights.

And so it’s been an odd spectacle watching a man usually so at ease in the media spotlight struggle with the central questions in the so-called Weinergate scandal: were those his bulging boxer briefs in a lewd photograph sent from his Twitter account to a 21-year-old college student a week ago?

And if, as Weiner claims, his Twitter account was hacked, why doesn’t he want the police involved?

The congressman, married for a year to an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, says he does not know with “any certitude” that it’s him in the photograph at the centre of a scandal that’s titillated Capitol Hill all week.

He’s also insisted he doesn’t want to make a “federal case” out of something he’s consistently referred to as a mere prank by a hacker.

On Thursday, a day after he held a news conference that raised more questions than it answered, Weiner tried to shut down any further queries from the mob of reporters camped outside his office.

“After almost 11 hours of answering questions, any that anyone wanted to put, today I’m going to have to get back to work doing the job that I’m paid to do,” he said.

Meanwhile, his Republican colleague — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor — urged Weiner to fess up.

“My advice would be to come clean and clear it up,” Cantor said on Fox and Friends.

“Again, perhaps he’s trying, but I know there’s a lot of explaining going on but without a lot of clarity . . . . The American people are right in saying that they don’t have tolerance for this repeated kind of activity going on surrounding their elected leaders. Think about his wife. I mean, I’m really saddened for his wife.”

Weiner’s spouse, Huma Abedin, is indeed finding the scandal “befuddling,” the 46-year-old congressman says.

But in addition to apparent tensions at home, some are questioning whether Weiner’s political career could be in trouble.

The congressman is considered the frontunner in the Democratic primary to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013.

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