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British officials drop charges against parents

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British officials drop charges against parents

The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in Britain dropped charges of child cruelty against them. The National Court in Madrid said in a statement that a judge ordered the couple's immediate release after receiving official notification from Britain that authorities there were no longer seeking their extradition to answer charges. Their 5-year-old son Ashya, who has a severe brain tumor, has been cared for in a hospital in Malaga, 310 miles from Madrid, while they were held. Brett and Naghemeh King were met by two cars as they left the Soto del Real prison outside Madrid.

New York

Joan Rivers is on life support

Joan Rivers' family confirmed Tuesday that the comedian was on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement that her mother was on life support "at this time." Joan Rivers, 81, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday.

Pakistan

Lawmakers stand by prime minister

Pakistani lawmakers Tuesday met in an emergency session to express support for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after days of violent protests had appeared to bring the government to the brink of collapse. Thousands of protesters, many armed with sticks and batons, remained camped outside Parliament in Islamabad, demanding the resignation of Sharif and accusing him of electoral fraud, nepotism and corruption. But after three days of clashes between protesters and security forces that left three dead and hundreds wounded, there were no reports of violence Tuesday.

Elsewhere

Richmond, Va.: Jurors opened deliberations in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Tuesday. They will resume their work today.

Detroit: Opening statements in Detroit's bankruptcy trial began Tuesday in U.S. court, where lawyers for the city will attempt to persuade a judge to approve the city's plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt.

Nashville: Thirty teenagers escaped from a detention center, and by Tuesday evening seven were still on the run, authorities said.

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