Chicago nears 500 homicides this year

At least 39 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, six of them fatally, as the city closes in on 500 homicides for the year, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune. The violence included a shooting in Roseland on the Far South Side that killed two women and a man. There were five other attacks with multiple victims. With the weekend toll, at least 2,651 people have been shot in Chicago this year, according to the Tribune's data. There have been at least 485 homicides.

Chicago woman dies in walk-in freezer

A 19-year-old Chicago woman was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at a suburban hotel Sunday morning, about a day after she had gone missing from a party she attended with friends, police and her family said. Kenneka Jenkins' body was discovered after an hourslong search. Police believe the young woman apparently let herself into the freezer while inebriated and died inside.


Commission wants president to face trial

A five-member commission of Guatemalan legislators recommended that President Jimmy Morales' immunity from prosecution be lifted so he can face possible trial on campaign-finance accusations. Commission head Julio Ixcamey said the commission found evidence that unregistered money had been in campaign funds. But he also said Morales "did not have a direct participation in registering funds and contributions." The recommendation for ending Morales' immunity will be decided by the full congress, where 105 of the 158 deputies would have to vote in favor.


UNICEF rep: Refugee kids need education

The world must do more to help Syrian refugee children get an education, actress Priyanka Chopra said after chatting and joking with young refugees at an after-school center in Jordan's capital. Individuals can make a difference with donations if governments don't step up, said Chopra, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and Bollywood and Hollywood star. "We need to take it into our own hands because this is our world and we only have one of it," Chopra said at the end of her first day in Jordan.


Earthquake death toll up to 96; repairs start

The death toll from Mexico's 8.1 magnitude earthquake rose to 96 as more victims were confirmed in the hard-hit southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, and residents worked to repair shattered homes and small businesses. As funerals continued for the victims, teams of soldiers and federal police with shovels and sledgehammers fanned out to help demolish damaged buildings across the southern city of Juchitan, which was hit particularly hard.


Two OPEC nations meet about oil prices

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said at the end of a two-day visit to Algeria that his country and the North African nation were working to achieve "equitable" oil prices. Maduro said his talks with Algeria's second-ranking official, Council of the Nation President Abdelkader Bensalah, had a "good climate." The council operates like a Senate. The Venezuelan leader apparently did not meet with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who rarely has been seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013. Algeria and Venezuela both are members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

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