Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Body of Chicago lottery winner is exhumed

Chicago

Body of lottery winner exhumed after poisoning

Authorities on Friday exhumed the body a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide and conducted an autopsy in the hopes that it will help solve the mystery surrounding his death. The body of Urooj Khan, 46, was exhumed from a cemetery and placed inside a black hearse, which was escorted by four police cars to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Pathologists collected samples of hair, nails and most major body organs, as well as contents of the stomach, Medical Examiner Stephen Cina said. Tests might determine whether Khan swallowed, inhaled or was injected with the poison, Cina said. Khan died in July as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings. His death initially was ruled a result of natural causes. But a relative whose identity remains a mystery asked for further tests that revealed in November that he had been poisoned.

Washington

Charge remains in Gitmo case

The Pentagon announced Friday that the top official overseeing the military commissions system would not drop the charge of conspiracy against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four other defendants in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The chief prosecutor for the tribunals said last week that he was seeking to have the charge dismissed. But on Friday, the Pentagon unexpectedly said the military commissions' "convening authority" was refusing to withdraw the conspiracy charge because the Justice Department was still arguing in a different case that the charge was legitimate.

Ukraine

Murder charge for ex-premier likely

The government of President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine said Friday that it planned to bring murder charges against his political rival, jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in connection with the 1996 assassination of a member of parliament. The charges are the gravest accusations yet in a series of criminal prosecutions that Western governments have denounced as politically motivated and that Tymoshenko is fighting in the European Court of Human Rights. She been jailed since October 2011 when she was convicted on charges of abusing her position in connection with approving a contract to purchase natural gas from Russia.

Austria

U.N. fails to restart inquiry in Iran

U.N. experts returned to Vienna from Tehran on Friday without sealing a deal that would restart an investigation of suspicions that Iran worked on atomic arms. The failure adds to doubts that separate talks between six world powers and Iran will succeed in reducing fears about the country's nuclear ambitions. The six nations — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — had looked to the Tehran meeting as providing a signal for Iran's readiness to compromise in talks this month.

Elsewhere

Australia: Wildfires raged across southern Australia on Friday, killing one man and destroying several homes as sweltering temperatures brought fresh misery for firefighters battling dozens of blazes amid a heat wave.

Nicaragua: A judge on Friday sentenced 18 Mexicans who posed as members of a TV crew to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering after $9.2 million was found in their vans in August.

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