Washington, D.C.

Transgender military policy unclear

President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, but he appeared to leave open the possibility of allowing some already in uniform to remain. Trump gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authority to decide the matter of openly transgender individuals already serving, and he said that until that decision is made, “no action may be taken against” them.

New Mexico

Bond left intact in child abuse case

A judge refused to lower the bond on two leaders of a paramilitary religious sect who face child sexual abuse charges. Cibola County Magistrate Judge Larry Diaz said co-leader Deborah Green and leader Peter Green of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training were flight risks. Both are held on $500,000 cash bond in connection with child sexual abuse charges stemming from a raid of their secluded compound.

South Carolina

Suspect in chef killing has criminal record

The man who police say killed Charleston chef Shane Whiddon inside a restaurant filled with tourists had been convicted of violent crimes at least twice since the 1980s and struggled with mental illness. Thomas Burns, 53, remained hospitalized the day after he was shot by police to end a hostage standoff.


Attack on soldiers called terrorism

Soldiers shot a man dead in Brussels after he attacked them with a knife in what officials called a terror attack. The federal prosecutor’s office said the man shouted “God is great” in Arabic as he ran at the soldiers. One soldier was wounded.


Clashes with militants leave dozens dead

More than 70 people were killed in clashes between militants and security forces. Outside observers called it a worrying surge in violence. The dead included 12 security personnel and at least 59 Rohingya insurgents, according to a statement from Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.


Saudi coalition bombs civilians’ houses

Saudi-led coalition fighter jets rained bombs over the capital, Sanaa, leveling houses packed with civilians and killing 14 people, including eight members of a single family. The bombing was the latest escalation in the coalition’s air campaign.


Riots leave 28 dead after rape conviction

Mobs rampaged across a northern state, leaving 28 people dead and more than 250 others injured, after a court declared a quasi-religious sect leader guilty of raping two of his followers, authorities said. Mobs set fire to government buildings and attacked police in the town of Panchkula.

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