Philippines

Bombing carried out by Indonesian couple

A deadly cathedral bombing in the Philippines in January was a suicide attack carried out by an Indonesian couple who once tried to reach ISIS territory and were deported from Turkey, Indonesian police said. The couple, identified as Rullie Rian Zeke and Ulfah Handayani Saleh, went to Turkey in 2016 with hopes of crossing the border into Syria, police said. Instead, they were arrested in January 2017 and sent back to Indonesia. At least 23 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in the bombing at Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Australia

Man caught with $140M of crystal meth

On Monday, an Australian man led police to the estimated $140 million of crystal methamphetamine in his van by crashing into two police cars, the New South Wales Police Force said. The cars were parked — right in front of a police station. Police said the van contained about 600 pounds of the drug. The driver, identified as Simon Tu, 26, took off after the crash but was quickly tracked down and arrested.

Nigeria

Death toll remains uncertain after clashes

A high-ranking police officer, a journalist and protesters are among the dead after a rally to free a minority religious leader from detention turned violent this week in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The death toll remained uncertain Tuesday following the latest clashes between state security forces and supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, a Shiite Muslim group that wants the government to release Ibrahim el-Zakzaky. Authorities said 3,000 of his followers gathered in the capital Monday with weapons. Demonstrators said they came to advocate for their leader, who was arrested in 2015 on a murder charge that his supporters view as fabricated. Each side accused the other of sparking violence.

Puerto Rico

Warrants issued for officials’ cellphones

A Puerto Rico judge issued search warrants for the cellphones of government officials involved in a crude online chat whose leak has set off a political crisis that threatens to bring down the U.S. territory’s governor. One of the search warrants said that government officials used the chat to transmit official and confidential information to private citizens in potential violation of ethics laws. A spokesman for the island’s Justice Department said the warrants were issued to those who had yet to turn over their phones. He did not identify the officials.

South Carolina

Lawsuits filed over deadly prison riot

Two lawsuits allege that South Carolina corrections officials violated prisoners’ constitutional rights by failing to prevent a riot in which seven inmates were killed last year. In the lawsuits, representatives for the estates of two male inmates killed at Lee Correctional Institution say security officers and agency personnel knew about dangerous problems at the prison but did nothing to fix them, violating the men’s due process rights and subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishment.

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