Banned pesticide caused eagle deaths

When 13 bald eagles were found dead on a farm in Maryland two years ago, the cause of death was a mystery. Details of a six-month investigation, disclosed last week, show that the eagles died from ingesting a highly toxic pesticide — carbofuran — that is banned in the United States, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. No arrests were ever made, and investigators have closed the case.

Vatican City

Diplomat admits to viewing child porn

On the first day of his criminal trial inside the walls of this city-state, a longtime Holy See priest-diplomat said that he had viewed and shared child pornography while stationed in Washington, D.C., in an activity that he described as "compulsive." Monsignor Carlo Capella said that while struggling two years ago with his new posting in Washington, he would send and receive images in one-on-one chats on Tumblr, a blogging site.


Health incidents send 2 U.S. workers home

Medical tests have confirmed that an additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, the State Department said, bringing the total number to 25. The new "medically confirmed" worker is one of two who were recently evacuated from Cuba after reporting symptoms. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the other worker is "still being evaluated" by doctors.


ISIS recruiter is sentenced to death

Aman Abdurrahman, a leading ISIS recruiter and ideologue in Indonesia, was found guilty and sentenced to death on charges that he incited five deadly attacks in the country while he was in prison on an earlier terrorism conviction. The five-judge panel ruled that although he played no operational role, he still shared responsibility for the armed attacks in 2016 and 2017, which killed nine people and wounded dozens more.

South Sudan

No role seen for opposition leader

South Sudan said it would no longer have anything to do with opposition leader Riek Machar and that "enough is enough," dampening hopes for any resolution to the savage conflict racking the world's newest country. The announcement came just a day and a half after Machar and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir met for the first time in two years.

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