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  • Updated: July 28, 2013 - 7:35 PM
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Amanda Berry steps out in Cleveland Amanda Berry, one of three women held captive in a Cleveland home for 10 years, made a surprise appearance at the RoverFest concert in Cleveland. Berry, with arm raised, appeared at a public event for the first time since her rescue and a day after her abductor pleaded guilty in the case. Rapper Nelly called Berry back to the stage after his music set, and she responded with enthusiasm.

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New York

Second body pulled from Hudson River

A day after a bride-to-be was pulled dead from the Hudson River, the body of her fiancé’s best man was found a mile downstream, the second victim of a nighttime crash involving a speedboat and a barge north of New York City. The deadly collision left the groom-to-be grieving for his intended and his best friend, while facing surgery for his own injuries as another friend is charged with manslaughter — two weeks before the wedding.

Florida

Gunman described as lonely and angry

The gunman who went on a shooting rampage at his South Florida apartment building, killing six people, was a lonely man who spoke about having pent-up anger, those who knew him said Sunday. Pedro Vargas, 42, lived on the fourth floor of an apartment complex in the Miami suburb of Hialeah with his elderly mother. Police followed and exchanged gunfire with Vargas throughout the five-story apartment complex for eight hours on Saturday as terrified residents took cover in bathrooms and huddled with relatives.

Pakistan

U.S. drone strike kills at least six militants

At least six militants were killed and four injured after the latest U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s restive tribal belt, Pakistani intelligence officials and militant commanders said.The drones fired two missiles at a group of men shortly after they crossed the border from Afghanistan, where local commanders said they had been fighting U.S. and Afghan forces.An intelligence official indicated that a senior commander with a Pakistani Taliban faction led by Gul Bahadur, which has links with Al-Qaida, had been killed in the attack.

Mali

Election is first since military coup last year

Thousands of Malians went to the polls in the country’s first presidential election since a military coup last year, a vote that could deeply affect the future of democracy and militancy in this strategic West African nation. Once considered one of the continent’s most politically stable nations, Mali crumbled early last year when a separatist rebellion helped trigger a military coup that destabilized the government. The rebels, joined by radical Islamists and fighters from Al-Qaida, swiftly overran northern Mali.

Cambodia

Prime minister’s party wins narrow victory

After years of dominance in Cambodian politics, the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen won a relatively narrow victory in national elections as a resurgent opposition rode a wave of disenchantment with the prime minister’s 28 years in power.Khieu Kanharith, the Cambodian information minister, reported a preliminary vote count: the governing party won 68 seats, or about 55 percent of the National Assembly’s 123 seats. In the assembly being replaced, the governing party controlled 90 seats.

Italy

Tour bus plunges into ravine, killing 36

A tour bus filled with Italian pilgrims plunged off a highway into a ravine in southern Italy and smashed into several cars that had slowed in heavy traffic, killing at least 36 people, said police and rescuers. Flashing signs near Avellino, outside Naples, had warned of slowed traffic along the stretch of the A116 autostrada, a major highway crossing southern Italy.

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