Former CIA Agent Convicted of Kidnapping…No. California Gets a Break from Rain…UNICEF Warns of African Famine
LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A former CIA agent living in Portugal is going to prison in Italy after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program called rendition that kidnapped suspects for interrogation. Her lawyer says police took Sabrina de Sousa to a Portuguese jail to await extradition. De Sousa was among 26 Americans convicted for kidnapping suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nas, also known as Abu Omar, from a Milan street in 2003.
CAIRO (AP) – A spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent says more bodies are expected to wash ashore in western Libya, where at least 74 drowned migrants were found. Mohammed al-Misrati says a torn rubber boat was found nearby and that such boats usually carry up to 120 people. Migrant deaths are at record levels along the key smuggling route.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Only scattered showers are forecast today in Northern California where a strong storm moved through the area. Drenching rain sent creeks and rivers topping their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet. A levee break along the San Joaquin River yesterday prompted an evacuation order for about 500 people while the breach was repaired.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The United Nations children’s agency is warning of a widespread famine threat putting almost 1.4 million children are at “imminent risk of death” in parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. The UNICEF announcement comes a day after famine was declared in parts of Unity state in South Sudan, where civil war has raged since late 2013 and where severe inflation has made food unaffordable.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – A Taliban splinter group is claiming responsibility for a group suicide bombing that killed six people outside a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan. The attack is the latest in a wave of militant assaults across the troubled country that has killed over 100 people since last week. The brazen suicide bombings have been claimed by multiple Islamic militant groups.
Mattis: US Won’t Take Iraqi Oil…Gymnasts Accuse Doctor of Abuse…Egypt Rioters Get Death Penalty
BAGHDAD (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is telling Iraqi leaders the U.S. isn’t interested in taking their oil despite a suggestion to the contrary once made by President Donald Trump. The statement rattled some Iraqi officials and Trump’s inclusion of Iraq in the administration’s travel ban isn’t helping either. Mattis is on an unannounced visit to Iraq as the battle for western Mosul moves into its second day.
UNDATED (AP) – Forecasters say a possible tornado has damaged as many as 150 buildings but caused only minor injuries in the San Antonio area. Northern California residents, meanwhile, are expecting more rain following a brief respite. Residents of low-lying areas have been told to be ready to evacuate. Californians spent the weekend getting soaked by a big Pacific storm system.
NEW YORK (AP) – Three former elite U.S. gymnasts have come forward to say they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter. The three appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” detailing what they claimed was sexual abuse disguised as treatment by Dr. Larry Nassar. Nassar was a volunteer team doctor for USA Gymnastics for almost three decades.
CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s highest appeals court has upheld the death sentences against 10 suspects convicted over a 2012 soccer riot that killed 73 fans, becoming one of the world’s deadliest soccer disasters. Monday’s verdict by the Court of Cassation is final. The defendants were charged with murder, along with other charges. The court also upheld convictions of 22 suspects who received up to 10 years imprisonment. The riot led to the suspension of Egypt’s top soccer league for over a year.
DETROIT (AP) – The transportation analytics firm Inrix says no place in the world holds a candle to Los Angeles when it comes to just sitting in traffic. Inrix says drivers in the car-crazy California metropolis spent 104 hours last year in congestion. That beat second-place Moscow at 91 hours and third-place New York at 89. Inrix says the U.S. had half of the top 10 most congested cities in the world. Japan and China weren’t in the survey. Traffic jams cost drivers in the U.S. nearly $300 billion last year.