Washington, D.C.

High court lets stand LAPD civil verdict

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a civil jury verdict against two Los Angeles police detectives for concealing evidence that kept an innocent man in jail for 27 months awaiting trial. The justices turned down an appeal Monday from the Los Angeles city attorney, who contended that because the man was freed before trial, the officers could not be sued for withholding evidence. The outcome puts police on notice that they may be sued if they have deliberately hidden information that clearly reveals a suspect is being wrongly held.

Switzerland

WHO calls for Ebola response changes

The World Health Organization must act to ensure it will not be caught flat-footed by future crises the way it was by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the organization's director general said. "I do not ever again want to see this organization faced with a situation it is not prepared, staffed, funded or administratively set up to manage," the director general, Dr. Margaret Chan, said at the start of a 10-day meeting of the World Health Assembly.

Colombia

Mudslides sweep away homes, 52 die

An avalanche of mud and debris roared over an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 52 people in a flash flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. Residents were stirred from bed by a loud rumble and neighbors' shouts of "The river! The river!" as modestly built homes and bridges plunged into the Libordiana ravine. Survivors barely had enough time to gather their loved ones.

Israel

Point man named for future peace talks

An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed a seasoned politician from his hawkish Likud party to serve as the point man for peace talks with the Palestinians. The official said Silvan Shalom, who over a long career served as foreign minister and in other senior positions, was appointed Sunday. Netanyahu would remain the ultimate decisionmaker on negotiations if they resume.

South Korea

Kerry accuses North of war crimes

Secretary of State John Kerry accused North Korea's government of committing crimes worthy of referral to the International Criminal Court and urged it to end its isolation by dismantling its nuclear weapons. Using strong language, Kerry said during a stop in Seoul that the Pyongyang government led by Kim Jong Un had shown a "flagrant disregard for international law while denying its people fundamental freedom and rights."

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