Washington, D.C.

New trial approved in Chandra Levy killing

The man who was convicted in the 2001 killing of Capitol Hill intern Chandra Levy will receive a new trial, a judge ruled. Washington, D.C., Superior Court Judge Gerald I. Fisher, who presided over the first trial, agreed on Thursday to grant Ingmar Guandique a retrial before a new judge and jury after concerns arose over a government witness at his previous trial.

Washington, D.C.

Obama to meet with Al-Abadi over ISIL

President Obama will meet Monday with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq to discuss the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, White House officials said, as the militant group continues to make gains despite a U.S.-led counteroffensive. The two men met at the White House in April, but this will be Obama's first opportunity to sit down with Al-Abadi since ISIL took control of Ramadi, raising questions about the ability of Iraqi forces to counter ISIL.

Colorado

Killing raises fears of serial shooter

The overnight killing of a 65-year-old man on a sidewalk in the northern Colorado city of Loveland has raised alarm that a serial shooter might be trolling the area's roads after a bicyclist recently was gunned down and a driver was wounded nearby. Police and the FBI have refused to comment on whether a serial shooter is on the loose. But they offered a $10,000 reward for information in the first two unsolved shootings, which authorities say are related.

China

Disaster teams right capsized cruise ship

Top-deck cabins poked out of the water from a capsized cruise ship on the Yangtze after disaster teams righted it to quicken the search for more than 360 victims still missing. Since Monday night's capsizing in a severe storm, 77 bodies have been found. The operation to right the Eastern Star shifted the focus from finding survivors to retrieving bodies.

Hong Kong

Thousands come out to honor Tiananmen

Thousands of Hong Kongers took part in a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park to remember those who died in China's Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, while the city grapples with its own democratic aspirations. The city is split on whether to support efforts in China or to focus on home turf, where they feel Beijing is increasingly threatening their freer way of life.

south korea

Third death from MERS is confirmed

An 82-year-old man has died of Middle East respiratory syndrome, officials said, confirming a third death in South Korea caused by the virus that has forced more than 1,160 schools to shut down temporarily. The man had not been on the list of 35 that the government said were infected, raising further questions about its ability to contain the virus.

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