10-year-old gives birth in southern Spain
A 10-year-old girl has given birth in southern Spain, and authorities are evaluating whether to let her and her family retain custody of the baby, an official said Tuesday. The baby was born last week in the city of Jerez de la Frontera, said Micaela Navarro, the Andalusia region's social affairs minister. Navarro told reporters the father of the baby is also a minor, and both the mother and the baby were in good health. Her department declined to give details, including the sex of the baby. An official with the Spanish Justice Ministry in Madrid said that under Spanish law having sex with someone under age 13 is considered child abuse. But the father of the baby is also a minor, and charges are not expected. The daily Diario de Jerez said the mother is of Romanian origin and was pregnant when she arrived in Spain.
Russian police raid billionaire's bank
Masked and armed police officers conducted a raid Tuesday of the National Reserve Bank, which belongs to billionaire Aleksandr Lebedev, who also owns Russia's pre-eminent opposition newspaper and two London-based newspapers, the Evening Standard and the Independent. According to a report in the Novaya Gazeta, the officers entered Lebedev's office and asked to speak with him; when he told them the documents they sought were not on the premises, they conducted the search anyway. In a late-night blog post that included video of the raid, Lebedev said, "Don't get involved in business. It will cost you too much. And don't support opposition newspapers."
Argentine plea for extradition denied
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Dube denied Argentina's extradition request for a former military officer accused of taking part in a 1972 massacre of leftist guerrillas in his homeland. The decision released Tuesday means, for now, that Roberto Bravo will not be returned to Argentina to face 16 murder charges arising from the killings. Dube ruled there are doubts about "the credibility, reliability and truthfulness" of statements made by three survivors shortly after the shootings. The three died in the 1970s, Dube noted, and "there has never been any way to … subject them to cross-examination." Bravo, 68, has lived in South Florida since 1973 and became a U.S. citizen in 1987.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Cristian Preda, head of the European Union's observer mission, raised concerns Tuesday about ballot counting in Ivory Coast's first election since civil war erupted eight years ago, criticizing authorities for delaying the release of results and barring monitors from some counting centers.
Istanbul, Turkey: Turkish officials on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who blew himself up in Istanbul, wounding 32 people on Sunday, as a 24-year-old member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, the country's main autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebel group.
Tokyo: A diplomatic clash between Japan and Russia over the disputed Kuril Islands intensified Tuesday when Japan summoned home its ambassador to Moscow, a day after President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia angered Tokyo by visiting one of the islands. The four islands were seized by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II.