Friday, April 20, 2018
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Pistorius declared mentally sound

South Africa

Pistorius declared mentally sound

South African double amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius did not have a mental disorder when he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, according to a psychiatric report presented at his trial Monday.

The trial resumed after the court sent Pistorius for a psychiatric assessment six weeks ago. Judge Thokozile Masipa had ruled the assessment was necessary after Pistorius' defense advocate, Barry Roux, led with evidence suggesting that the athlete had for years suffered a generalized anxiety disorder that may have affected his behavior the night of the shooting.

But the report said there was no mental disorder that affected his understanding of right and wrong on Valentine's Day last year, when Pistorius fired four shots into a toilet cubicle in his bathroom, killing Steenkamp.

The prosecution argues that Pistorius and Steenkamp quarreled in the early hours of the morning, and Pistorius shot her. But Pistorius claims he mistook her for an intruder when he opened fire.

China

Antigraft push snares most senior target yet

In the most far-reaching public move so far in President Xi Jinping's drive against corruption in China, the Communist Party on Monday expelled a retired military commander, Gen. Xu Caihou, and handed him over for a crime investigation on charges of taking huge bribes in return for military promotions.

Until his retirement in late 2012, Xu held one of the highest ranks in the People's Liberation Army, as a vice chairman of the party's Central Military Commission. He was also a member of the elite Politburo, which is made up of 25 senior officials. He has become the most prominent Chinese military leader to be purged in decades, and the most senior official named publicly in Xi's campaign to clean up the elite and impose his authority on the party, government and army.

San Diego

Gunshot kills child at Boy Scout camp

A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego died from a gunshot wound to the head Monday morning, and police were investigating whether the shooting was self-inflicted or accidental.

Police received a call at 7:36 a.m. that a boy had shot himself in the head at the camp on Fiesta Island, police said.

It wasn't clear where the gun came from or how it got into the camp. There were no firearm programs or activities available, and Boy Scouts of America policy does not allow personal firearms at its events, a spokesman said.

The boy's father was a chaperone for the troop, and about 20 Scouts were at the camp, according to police.

Los Angeles

13 years for man who tried to aid al-Qaida

A California man who used Facebook and other Internet communications to connect with al-Qaida and planned to train its fighters in Pakistan was sentenced Monday to 13 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 25, of Garden Grove pleaded guilty in December to one count of attempting to assist a known terrorist organization.

Britain

TV host guilty of indecent assault

TV entertainer Rolf Harris, known to generations of children in Britain and Australia for his friendly screen presence, was found guilty Monday of indecent assaults on young girls that took place from the '60s to the '80s.

The conviction marked a stunning reversal for Harris, 84, whose popularity on children's TV in Britain rivaled that of Captain Kangaroo in the United States. The judge said Harris should expect prison time when he is sentenced Friday.

Elsewhere

Egypt: Three homemade bombs went off near Egypt's presidential palace on Monday, killing two senior police officers and injuring 10 other people on the anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Pakistan: The Pakistani military said Monday that it had launched a ground assault in North Waziristan, marking the most determined effort yet to seize control of a lawless tribal district that has become a hub of Islamist militancy.

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