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Ill-fated South Korean vessel that sank off Russia claims first Filipino casualty

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday reported the first Filipino casualty in the sinking of a Korean vessel off the Bering Sea in Russia last Monday. Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose identified the fatality as Jessie Alovera Londres, 25, who was among the 13 Filipino crewmen of the ill-fated Oryong-501. “The Filipino …

Myanmar ‘firmly under military control’ says nominee to command US forces in Pacific

WASHINGTON—The nominee to become the next commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific says the time isn’t right to expand nascent military ties with Myanmar as the Southeast Asian nation remains “firmly under military control.” That’s an unusually stark assessment from a U.S. official of the state of reforms in Myanmar. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. …

Surgeon disciplined for removing wrong kidney

SANTA ANA, California — A California surgeon has been disciplined for removing a prisoner’s healthy kidney and leaving the diseased one intact. The state medical board last week placed Dr. Charles Coonan Streit on probation for three years, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday. The board said Streit, a urologist who has had his license …

Simonetta Sommaruga elected as Swiss President in 2015

GENEVA — The Swiss parliament on Wednesday elected Simonetta Sommaruga to succeed Didier Burkhalter as President of the Swiss Confederation in 2015, Swiss media RTS reported. Sommaruga, who is the vice-president in 2014 and head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, won 181 votes out of 210 valid ballots from the election of …

Militants kill 36 non-Muslims in northern Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — The heavily armed men roused the sleeping quarry workers in the dead of night. As in previous such attacks, the gunmen singled out the non-Muslims by asking them to recite the Islamic creed. Then they killed 36 of them — most with a gunshot to the back of the head, according to …

Security experts doubt North Korea hacked Sony

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures’ computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online. Speculation has been rampant that the hard-line communist state sponsored last week’s hack in anger over the new Sony movie “The Interview,” in which Seth Rogen and James Franco play television …

Bomb blast hits UN convoy in Mogadishu; 3 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a U.N. convoy near Mogadishu’s airport on Wednesday, killing three people, Somali police said. “The car bomb hit near the front gate of the Mogadishu airport. Several people, including an army officer, (were) killed after he tried to stop the vehicle,” said police spokesman Kasim …

Yemen: Car bomb near home of Iranian ambassador

SANAA, Yemen — A massive car bomb exploded Wednesday morning in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, apparently targeting the home of the Iranian ambassador, Yemeni security officials said. The blast heavily damaged several buildings in the area. At least two people were killed, both security guards at the ambassador’s residence, the officials said. The Yemeni officials …

Michael Brown’s stepdad investigated for comments

ST. LOUIS — Police are investigating Michael Brown’s stepfather for angry comments on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson, a spokesman said Tuesday. Officials are looking into Louis Head’s comments as part of a broader investigation into the arson, vandalism and …

Lab-coated muggles use ‘Harry Potter’ to study brain

WASHINGTON — Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it’s the perfect excerpt from the young wizard’s many adventures to give their subjects. Reading that section of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” activates some of the …