World/nation briefs

  • Updated: November 5, 2012 - 9:06 PM

PENNSYLVANIA

Zoo says wild dogs killed boy who fell

A zoo where a 2-year-old boy fell into an exhibit and was fatally mauled by African wild dogs had met or exceeded all safety standards for animals and visitors, proving that no exhibit is "fail-proof," the zoo's president said. Nearby staff responded "within seconds" on Sunday but quickly determined the dog attack was fatal and didn't send handlers into the enclosure to intervene, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium president Barbara Baker said. "The child did not die from the fall. The child was mauled by the dogs," she said.

NEW YORK

Nanny resented her employers, police say

The nanny charged with stabbing to death two children she cared for on the Upper West Side told detectives that she had resentment toward the family, who she complained were always telling her what to do, a law enforcement official said. The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was interviewed over the weekend by detectives in her hospital bed. She was charged hours later with fatally stabbing the children, Lucia Krim, 6, and her brother, Leo, 2, in a bathroom shortly before their mother returned from a swimming lesson with her other young daughter.

ISRAEL

Netanyahu willing to attack Iran alone

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday reiterated his willingness to attack the Iranian nuclear program without support from Washington or the world. "When Levi Eshkol was forced to act in order to loosen the siege before 1967 was it done with the Americans' support?" Netanyahu asked in an interview broadcast on Monday night. "If someone sits here as the prime minister of Israel and he can't take action on matters that are cardinal to the existence of this country, its future and its security, and he is totally dependent on receiving approval from others, then he is not worthy of leading," Netanyahu added. "I can make these decisions."

BAHRAIN

5 bomb blasts kill 2 foreign workers

Five bombs exploded in the capital of Bahrain on Monday, killing two foreign workers and critically injuring a third, in a sharp intensification of the violence that has simmered in the island nation since the beginning of a pro-democracy uprising 21 months ago. The government said the bombs, which detonated in three districts in the capital, Manama, were improvised explosive devices filled with nails. One victim was killed after kicking a bomb, causing to it to explode, officials said. Another was injured after picking up one of the devices, a hospital employee said on state TV.

VATICAN CITY

Court refuses to drop charges against tech

A Vatican court rejected a request from defense lawyers that the charges brought against a computer technician, accused of aiding and abetting Pope Benedict's former butler in leaking confidential papal documents to the press, be dropped. In an opening hearing, Gianluca Benedetti, the lawyer for Claudio Sciarpelletti, argued that his client had no motive for committing the crime because he was not a personal friend of the butler as the prosecution alleges.

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