Church shooting suspect was heavily armed

A man charged in a mass shooting at a Tennessee church expressed suicidal thoughts in June and had a volatile relationship with a woman that twice involved law enforcement this year, according to police records. Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, is charged with the fatal shooting of one woman and is expected to face several more charges following the rampage that left six others wounded on Sunday. Samson fired 12 rounds from a .40-caliber handgun, reloading it once, police said. He was also carrying a loaded 9mm handgun and had a .22-caliber pistol and military-style AR-15 rifle in the car he had left running outside the Nashville church.


Video game voice actors end strike

Video game voice actors have agreed to end a nearly yearlong strike against several major gaming publishers. The actors union SAG-AFTRA and a representative for the publishers reached a tentative agreement on Saturday, calling for actors who work multiple sessions on games to receive additional payments and requiring that companies disclose to actors what game they will be working on.


Prime Minister Abe calls for early elections

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for an early election next month. Abe's announcement came just hours after Tokyo's popular governor, Yuriko Koike, officially introduced a new national party, taking advantage of momentum built over the summer, when a local party she started drubbed Abe's Liberal Democrats in a metropolitan election in Tokyo. Abe is hoping to consolidate his power so he can push a revision of Japan's pacifist constitution and run for a third term as his party's leader.


Lebanese president wants refugees out

The Lebanese president says he wants some 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in his country to start returning to their homes, voluntarily or not. President Michel Aoun, in a state visit to France, said that U.N. assistance given to aid Syrian refugees in "camps of misery" in Lebanon would be better used to return them to their country "from now on." "We don't want to wait for their voluntary return," Aoun insisted, speaking at the Elysee Palace alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.


Russia tortured in Crimea, U.N. says

Russia has committed "multiple and grave" human rights abuses in Crimea since reclaiming the territory three years ago, the United Nations said, including arbitrary arrests, torture and the imposition of Russian citizenship on residents of the former Ukrainian region. U.N. investigators have documented evidence of the abuses, according to a report presented in Geneva on Monday and linking abuses to Russia's Federal Security Service, Russian police officers and a paramilitary group. Many of the rights violations took place in 2014.

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