Defense rests in theater shooting trial

The defense in the theater shooting trial rested its case after trying to show that James Holmes was legally insane when he opened fire at a movie, killing 12, and was suffering from delusions that each person he killed would increase his self-worth. Closing arguments will be made Tuesday and deliberations will begin Wednesday.


Border shooting lawsuit can proceed

A federal judge ruled that a Mexican family can sue the Border Patrol over the death of a 16-year-old boy who died in Mexico but was struck by bullets fired from the U.S. side of the border. Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was shot eight times in the back by Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz on Oct. 12, 2012. U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins ruled that the shooting constituted a "seizure" by the Border Patrol because it stopped Jose from moving freely.


Mormon leader remembered for wit, faith

High-ranking Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer was remembered as an unwavering defender and teacher of church gospel and for his quick wit and humor during a funeral in Salt Lake City. Church President Thomas S. Monson said Packer had a gift to boil down complex gospel concepts into words easily understood by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Packer died on July 3 at the age of 90.


Stampede for free clothing kills at least 25

At least 25 people were killed when a stampede broke out in a crowd waiting for free clothes. More than 1,500 people surged toward a local businessman's home hoping for the charity handouts in Mymensingh. Twenty-three of the victims were women and the rest were children.


Pakistan and India to tackle terror together

The prime ministers of nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India agreed at a rare meeting to cooperate on eliminating terrorism, Pakistan's foreign ministry said. In a sign of easing relations, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also accepted his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif's invitation to attend a South Asian regional summit to be held in Islamabad next year. Sharif and Modi met in the Russian city of Ufa.


U.N. says children face high risk of disease

The United Nations children's agency warned that millions of Syrian children face a "high risk" of disease due to the scarcity of clean water. Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has killed more than 220,000 people. UNICEF said that Syria has had 105,886 cases of acute diarrhea this year.

South Sudan

Fighting forces Red Cross to vacate hospital

Thirteen people died as a result of clashes that forced medical workers to vacate a hospital in the Upper Nile state, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Two people died initially and 11 more died after doctors and nurses fled.


Fighting quickly ends new truce

A truce between government forces and rebels was pierced within an hour as Saudi-led airstrikes hit targets in the southwestern city of Taiz following reports of ground fighting. Both sides exchanged blame for violating the truce.

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