South Carolina

Medal of Honor recipient is charged

Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 26, who received the nation's top award last year for combat heroism in Afghanistan, was charged with hit-and-run after turning himself into police in Columbia, S.C. The Medal of Honor recipient also was charged with making an improper left turn, police said. The charges are from a Dec. 8 incident where Carpenter made a left turn and hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The man, Michael Haddad, suffered minor injuries.

New York City

Man falls to his death climbing hotel

A 24-year-old man slipped and fell to his death as he and a friend tried to scale the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan on Wednesday night using the building's scaffolding, the police said. The man, Conner Cummings, of Rockaway, N.J., and his friend were trying to take photos of the skyline.

Britain

BBC said hackers attacked operation

The British Broadcasting Corp. said that its digital services had been shut down temporarily in what its news operation described as a hacking attack. Many of the BBC's websites and popular video-on-demand services were offline for roughly three hours.

China

Second aircraft carrier to be built

China confirmed it is building a second aircraft carrier, a move likely to raise further concerns among the West and allies over Beijing's assertive moves in the South China Sea. The carrier will have a displacement of 50,000 tons — significantly less than the largest U.S. carriers — and will carry China's J-15 fighters.

French journalist is forced to leave

A French journalist is leaving China after being denied media credentials and facing heavy criticism from the Foreign Ministry and state media over her reporting. Ursula Gauthier, a longtime journalist for the French news magazine L'Obs, was the first foreign journalist forced to leave China since 2012, when American Melissa Chan, then working for Al Jazeera in Beijing, was expelled.

Gambia

Female genital mutilation is banned

Gambia's parliament has passed a bill banning female genital mutilation and setting strict penalties for offenders. The new law says a person who engages in female circumcision could face up to three years in prison or a fine of 50,000 dalasi ($1,250).

UAE

Fire engulfs Dubai skyscraper

Fire engulfed a luxury building near the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, as tens of thousands of people were gathering at its base for one of the world's largest New Year's fireworks displays. The Dubai Media Office said 14 people had been lightly injured and that one suffered a heart attack. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up the 63-story building.

Bangladesh

Two sentenced in blogger's slaying

A court sentenced two people to death and six others to prison for killing an atheist blogger in 2013, the first verdicts since suspected Islamist militants began targeting secular activists. Seven university students and the leader of a banned Islamist group were charged with murder in the death of Ahmed Rajib Haider.

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