New York

Prison worker charged with aiding escapees

A worker at an upstate maximum-security prison was arrested on charges she helped two convicted killers escape. Joyce Mitchell, 51, will be arraigned on charges of first-degree promoting prison contraband and fourth-degree criminal facilitation, state police said. Mitchell is accused of befriending inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora and giving them contraband. Law enforcement officers continued to search for the escapees, concentrating in a rural area near the prison. The hunt for the inmates was focused on an area where residents reported seeing two men jumping a stone wall outside the far northern New York town of Dannemora. About 300 searchers were added, bringing the total number of law enforcement officers involved in the manhunt to more than 800.

Sierra Leone

Ebola fears prompt new restrictions

President Ernest Bai Koroma imposed new restrictions preventing people from entering or leaving two areas in the northern part of the country that are experiencing a resurgence of Ebola. While neighboring Liberia has defeated Ebola, Sierra Leone and Guinea have continued to battle new cases, particularly along the border where those two countries meet. Sierra Leone had 15 new cases in the week ending June 7, the highest weekly total since late March.


Former IMF head acquitted in sex case

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, was acquitted of aggravated pimping charges, ending a nearly four-year legal battle. Strauss-Kahn, 66, was charged in 2012 with pimping and organizing sex parties with prostitutes. A year earlier, he was accused and later cleared of assaulting a housekeeper at a New York hotel.


Leader threatens to seal border with Serbia

Prime Minister Viktor Orban threatened to seal the country's border with Serbia to stem the flow of refugees. The conflicts in Syria and Libya have driven migration to Europe to the highest level since the early 1990s. There have been 54,000 Hungarian border violators this year, an increase from 43,000 for all of 2014.


Measures to aid abandoned children ordered

Premier Li Keqiang ordered officials to avert the kind of events that led to the deaths of four children who drank pesticide this week, possibly to kill themselves, in an impoverished area. Three sisters and a brother ages 5 to 13 were among the country's many "left behind children." Their father was a migrant worker who sought jobs elsewhere and their mother also was absent.

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