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Two French journalists killed in Mali

Two French journalists killed in Mali

Gunmen abducted and killed two French radio journalists on assignment in northern Mali on Saturday, French and Malian officials said, grabbing the pair as they left the home of a rebel leader in the town of Kidal. It was not clear who had slain the Radio France Internationale journalists, Ghislaine Dupont, 51, and Claude Verlon, 58. France launched a military intervention in January in its former colony to try and oust jihadists from power in Kidal and other towns across northern Mali. Separatist rebels have since returned to the area. The kidnapping occurred less than a week after four French hostages were released by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in neighboring Niger after being held for over three years in the desert, and on payment of a substantial ransom, according to reports.

Des Moines, Iowa

Senator throws support to Clinton

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York urged his former Senate colleague, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to run for president on Saturday. Schumer, the third-ranking Democratic member of the Senate, endorsed the former secretary of state during the party's annual Jefferson Jackson dinner, joining a chorus of Democrats calling on Clinton to run again. In remarks prepared for delivery to the crowd of 750 Democratic supporters, he said that with Clinton, the party can "vanquish the Ted Cruz, tea party Republicans in 2016." Other potential Democratic candidates include Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

West Point, N.Y.

Military grads in same-sex wedding

Two West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy's first wedding between two men. Larry Choate, class of 2009, married Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, before about 20 guests. Choate, 27, taught Sunday school at the U.S. Military Academy's Cadet Chapel and said he always thought of it as the place he would get married if he could. West Point hosted two same-sex weddings of women in late 2012, more than a year after New York legalized gay marriage. But Saturday's wedding was the first time two men wed at West Point.

Russia

Band member sent to new prison

The Interfax news agency cited Russia's prison service as saying Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is being sent to a new penal colony. The report Saturday comes after complaints by her husband that there had been no contact with Tolokonnikova in recent days. Tolokonnikova is serving two years following the band's politically provocative performance in Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral in 2012.

Times wires

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