World/nation briefs

  • January 17, 2013 - 8:00 PM


Chicago accepts $33M police settlements

The Chicago City Council signed off on nearly $33 million in settlements for two cases of police misconduct. The aldermen approved a $22.5 million payment to settle the lawsuit brought by the family of Christina Eilman. She was a 21-year-old in the throes of a bipolar episode in May 2006 when police arrested her at Midway Airport and released her a day later in a crime-plagued South Side neighborhood. Within hours, she was abducted and sexually assaulted at knifepoint, then plummeted from the seventh floor of a vacant apartment in public housing. She suffered permanent brain damage. The other settlement, for $10.25 million, was in a case filed by Alton Logan, who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. He alleged that a former police commander hid evidence of Logan's innocence.

Man who backed terrorists gets 14 years

A Chicago businessman was sentenced to 14 years in prison for providing support to overseas terrorism, including a Pakistani group whose 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India, left more than 160 people dead. Tahawwur Rana, 52, a Pakistani-born Canadian, was convicted in 2011 of providing support for the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba and for supporting a never-carried-out plot to attack a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2005.


Murderer who sought death is executed

Robert Gleason Jr., 42, a convicted murderer who killed two fellow inmates while serving a life sentence and vowed to keep on killing unless he was put to death, was electrocuted.


U.S. boosts training for Mexican drug war

The Pentagon is stepping up aid for Mexico's drug war with a new U.S.-based special operations headquarters to teach Mexican security forces how to hunt drug cartels the same way special operations teams hunt Al-Qaida. Based at the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado, Special Operations Command-North will build on a commando program that has brought Mexican military, intelligence and law enforcement officials north to study U.S. counterterrorist operations.


Torrential rains paralyze capital

Torrential rains caused flooding that paralyzed much of Jakarta, killing at least four people and forcing the evacuations of tens of thousands. Parts of the capital were under at least 6 feet of water.


Cameron delays European speech

Prime Minister David Cameron is postponing a key speech about Britain and the European Union because of the hostage crisis in Algeria. The long-awaited address, scheduled for Friday in the Netherlands, was expected to outline how he thinks Britain's relationship with the union should change -- a move that many fear could leave Britain increasingly isolated. NEWS SERVICES

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