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Iraq Kurds arrest two suspects in killing of Turkish vice consul

Iraq Kurds arrest two suspects in killing of Turkish vice consulIraqi Kurdish authorities announced Saturday they had arrested two suspects involved in the murder of three people, including a Turkish diplomat, in the regional capital Arbil this week. The autonomous region’s security council first said its counterterrorism unit had arrested “the main perpetrator” Mazloum Dag, a 27-year-old from Turkey’s Diyarbakir region. The council had put out a wanted notice for Dag a day earlier in connection to Wednesday’s killing of Turkish Vice Consul Osman Kose and two Iraqi nationals.



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Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholar

Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholarA former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Jurors deliberated about eight hours over two days before announcing they were deadlocked on whether 30-year-old Brendt Christensen should be put to death for killing Yingying Zhang in 2017 as part of a homicidal fantasy, automatically resulting in a sentence of life behind bars without the possibility of parole. "The Zhang family … must live with the thought that Yingying was ripped away from them by a total stranger, thousands of miles away, fulfilling his self-absorbed and selfish fantasies," he told Christensen.



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Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twiceA Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond at $ 3 million cash and scheduled his next hearing for July 29. Escobar-Orellana was arrested Tuesday night in the fatal shootings of 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez and her two children, 11-year-old Grecia Daniela Alvarado-Flores and 5-year-old Ever Jose Mejia-Flores.



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Morocco court condemns three to death for killing Scandinavian hikers

Morocco court condemns three to death for killing Scandinavian hikersThree Moroccan men were sentenced to death on Thursday for murdering two Scandinavian women in the Atlas mountains. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were killed in their tent in December near the Moroccan village of Imlil, a popular hiking destination. The anti-terrorism court in Sale, near Rabat, had heard at earlier sessions that the men had pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video days before the murder. Two of them – Abdessamad Ejjoud and Youness Ouziyad – had told the court they had decapitated the women, while the third – Rachid Afatti – said he filmed the killing and posted the footage online. A fourth man who said he had left the group before the murders got a life sentence. 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway was killed by the extremists Credit: AFP/Getty Images On Thursday, the men said: "May God forgive us" and one added: "There is no God but Allah" when the judge asked them for their final statements before giving his verdict. Their lawyer, Hafida El Maksaoui, said she would appeal against the sentences. Twenty other people who prosecutors said had links to the killers were sentenced to between five and 30 years for forming a criminal gang to commit terrorist acts, encouraging terrorism, undermining public order and other crimes. All were Moroccan apart from one Swiss national, Kevin Ziller Guervos, who was also accused of persuading people to join militant groups and got a 20-year sentence. The court ordered the four main convicts to pay 2 million dirham (£167,000) compensation to Ueland's family. Lawyers for Jespersen's family had asked for the state, not the murders to pay, saying the men would not be able to afford it. But the court turned down that request and made no other order for payments.



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Man charged with killing girlfriend, 3 children in Georgia

Man charged with killing girlfriend, 3 children in GeorgiaA man who had a history of domestic violence with his live-in girlfriend killed her and her three young children, including an infant, at a Georgia apartment complex where they lived, police said Thursday. Police found the bodies of 29-year-old Jerrica Spellman and her children, ages 1 month to 3 years old, late Wednesday after getting a call from a concerned family member, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said at a news conference. A short time later, police arrested 27-year-old Travane Brandon Jackson.



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Former tenant charged in killing of Louisiana civil rights activist

Former tenant charged in killing of Louisiana civil rights activistBaton Rouge detectives arrested Ron Jermaine Bell in the killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, whose body was found stuffed in the trunk of her car on Friday afternoon, Police Chief Murphy Paul told a news conference. The suspect was already in jail in East Baton Rouge Parish for failing to register as a sex offender when police linked him to the murder, said Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III, at the same news conference. Roberts-Joseph’s death was ruled a homicide by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office on Monday.



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The Latest: 1st-degree murder charge in black teen's killing

The Latest: 1st-degree murder charge in black teen's killingCounty prosecutors in Phoenix say they have filed a direct complaint charging a white man who says he felt threatened by a black youth’s rap music with first-degree murder in the 17-year-old’s killing. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office filed the complaint Tuesday against 27-year-old Michael Adams, who is under arrest in the fatal stabbing Thursday of Elijah Al-Amin at a suburban convenience store. The killing has sparked outrage nationwide, with people taking to Twitter with the hashtag: #JusticeForElijah.



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A Fire Engulfs Top Secret Russian Submarine, Killing 14 Sailors

A Fire Engulfs Top Secret Russian Submarine, Killing 14 SailorsNamed for a cartoon horse, Losharik was built to carry out top-secret spy missions.



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UPDATE 1-Dam bursts in India after rains, killing 11

UPDATE 1-Dam bursts in India after rains, killing 11Heavy monsoon rains caused the breach of a small dam in western India, washing away dozens of homes and killing at least 11 people with 13 missing, a government official said on Wednesday. Seasonal rains have crippled India’s financial centre of Mumbai this week, disrupting rail and air traffic in the city of 18 million, while wall collapses have killed more than 30 people. Tuesday’s breach of the Tiware dam in the coastal district of Ratnagiri, nearly 275 km (170 miles) south of Mumbai, washed away dozens of homes, an official of the Maharashtra state government said.



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Contractor says suspect in killing wanted secret room

Contractor says suspect in killing wanted secret roomA construction contractor says the primary suspect in the killing of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck approached him in April about building a secretive and soundproof room under a front porch. Brian Wolf told the Desert News that the construction request from homeowner Ayoola A. Ajayi made him uneasy and included hooks mounted high on a concrete wall for reasons that didn't make sense. Wolf turned the job down and reported the encounter to Salt Lake City police after seeing news reports Friday of Ajayi's arrested in Lueck's death.



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