Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

French bolster security on flights to U.S.

France

French bolster security on flights to U.S.

France is increasing security on flights headed for the United States this summer amid U.S. concerns that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new bomb. The Obama administration this week called for tighter security measures at foreign airports that have direct flights to the United States, prompting British airports to increase security Thursday. The French civil aviation authority on Friday announced stepped-up security measures. The agency said the measures might cause delays on U.S.-bound flights. French officials would not elaborate on the measures.

Ukraine

Government troops press offensive

Fighting in eastern Ukraine left at least nine Ukrainian soldiers dead Friday, as government troops pressed their offensive against pro-Russian insurgents using heavy artillery and combat jets and prospects of a truce appeared dim. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine was ready to conduct another round of talks between representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the rebels today, but didn't name their venue. Two previous rounds of such negotiations held during a 10-day cease-fire have yielded no visible progress.

Los Angeles

On video, officer punches woman

The California Highway Patrol said Friday it is investigating video of one of its officers straddling a woman and punching her in the head as she lay on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway. The woman had been walking on Interstate 10 west of downtown Los Angeles, endangering herself and people in traffic, and the officer was trying to restrain her, CHP Assistant Chief Chris O'Quinn said. Passing driver David Diaz recorded the incident Tuesday and provided it to TV stations. The officer has not been identified.

Britain

Ex-editor gets 18 months in prison

A judge on Friday sentenced Andy Coulson, a former senior editor in Rupert Murdoch's news empire and a onetime adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, to 18 months in prison for his part in Britain's phone-hacking scandal. Coulson was found guilty last week on a charge of conspiring to intercept phone messages. Four others involved in the hacking scandal were sentenced to up to six months.

Columbus, Ohio

Priest who killed nun dies in prison

A Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun inside a chapel a day before Easter 1980 died Friday at a Columbus prison hospice unit, a day after a federal judge refused his request to be released to family care so he could die in his hometown of Toledo. The Rev. Gerald Robinson, 76, had been serving a sentence of 15 years to life. He was arrested 24 years after the nun's death and was found guilty in 2006.

Elsewhere

Britain: Rolf Harris, 84, once one of Britain's most popular television entertainers, was sentenced Friday to five years and nine months in prison for a range of sexual offenses committed decades ago against girls and young women.

Peru: Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway, married his pregnant Peruvian girlfriend Friday in a ceremony at the prison where he is serving 28 years for murdering a woman he met in a Lima casino.

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