California

Facebook, Instagram ban private gun sales

Facebook is banning private sales of guns on its social network and on its Instagram photo-sharing service. President Obama, state attorneys general and gun safety groups had increased pressure on the company to stop the flow of posts and Instagram messages offering guns for sale, often without background checks.

One prison escapee captured by police

Police captured one of three fugitive inmates after they escaped from jail a week ago. Bac Duong, 43, was arrested by police in Santa Ana. Duong, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, had all been awaiting trial for unrelated violent crimes.

Canada

Five killed in 'very large' avalanche

A "very large" avalanche in British Columbia left five people riding snowmobiles dead, the provincial coroner's service said. At least three groups of snowmobilers were caught in the ­avalanche, and several people were rescued.

Saudi Arabia

Two killed in suicide bombing at mosque

Two worshipers were killed and seven others were wounded when a suicide bomber and a gunman struck a mosque in Mahasen. One of the attackers blew himself up when approached by security forces, and the other exchanged gunfire with police officers before being wounded and arrested.

Spain

Princess to face tax fraud charges

Princess Cristina of Spain will face tax fraud charges after a court rejected a final attempt by her lawyers to exempt her from a corruption case. She will be questioned alongside 17 other defendants in a case that centers on whether her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, and his business partners embezzled $6.5 million.

Burundi

Government accused of organized atrocities

Satellite imagery supports accounts of graves holding at least 50 people who died in political violence last month, Amnesty International said. The report added to the growing evidence of organized atrocities amid immense turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans to seek a third term.

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