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Schizophrenic Christian believed he was beheading a space alien

A Chinese immigrant who beheaded and cannibalized a Canadian bus passenger in front of horrified travelers four years ago spoke out for the first time, saying he believed his victim was an alien. Vince Weiguang Li, 43, after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was found not guilty of murdering 22-year-old…

Egyptians vote in historic presidential election

CAIRO — Egyptians take to the polls on Wednesday in a historic presidential election contested by Islamists and secularists promising radically different futures for the country. The election is the final phase of a tumultuous transition overseen by the ruling military council after a popular uprising ousted longtime president Hosni…

Alert in Chile over half a million abandoned pigs

SANTIAGO — Chile declared a health alert at a site where 500,000 pigs, abandoned by a slaughtering company, were dying in large numbers until authorities stepped in Tuesday. Health Minister Jaime Manalich visited the plant in Freirina, 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Santiago in the parched Atacama region, and…

Pictures show North Korea rocket launch upgrade

WASHINGTON — North Korea has undertaken a major upgrade of a launch pad that could pave the way for longer-range missiles, a research group said Tuesday, amid mounting concern over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Satellite images show that North Korea has made “rapid progress” in the past year at its Musudan-ri…

Man survives plunge into Niagara Falls

MONTREAL — A man who leaped into Niagara Falls survived but has been hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said Tuesday. The unidentified man was rescued around noon on Monday about two hours after witnesses reported seeing him scale a protective wall at the popular tourist attraction and “deliberately jump” into…

Bomb found before Colombian ex-president’s speech

BUENOS AIRES — Authorities found and deactivated a bomb Tuesday at a theater in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires where former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe was to deliver a speech, officials said. “During an inspection, security personnel found the bomb in a lamp in the theater. It is of the…

Transatlantic US Airways passenger detained in Maine for suspicious behavior

A transatlantic US Airways flight from Paris to Charlotte has been diverted to an airport in Maine after reports of a passenger acting suspiciously. Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort the plane into the airport at Bangor, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad). The transportation security…

Domestic violence is west Africa’s biggest threat: report

Husbands, not strangers or men with guns, are now the biggest threat to women in post-conflict west Africa, according to a report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) released on Tuesday. The IRC report, Let Me Not Die Before My Time: Domestic Violence in West Africa, based on data collected…

Nigerian roadside barbecue shacks thrive in the midst of Islamist insurgency

The fire burns and the smoke rises in this violence-torn Nigerian city, but the sweet smell that follows makes clear there is no reason to be afraid — unless you are vegetarian. “The people here have high culinary taste,” 32-year-old Isa Jaja explained while trimming fat off a slab of…

36 more arrested in Quebec student protests

Police in Quebec arrested 36 protesters in the latest demonstrations over plans to raise university tuition hikes, authorities said Tuesday. The demonstrations, which took place in the town of Sherbrooke late Monday, could result in fines of between $1,000 and $5,000, according to authorities, who said about 100 protesters, mostly…

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