Hate crime charges in attack on Sikh man

Prosecutors announced that a Willowbrook teen accused of striking a Sikh man in the face a week ago has been charged with a hate crime, in addition to previous charges of felony aggravated battery. The state's attorney filed a juvenile petition to include one count of hate crime, a felony, to the juvenile petition. The Sikh Coalition applauded the decision.


Motive unclear in professor's murder

The university professor accused of killing his girlfriend and a colleague was a well-liked teacher, a musician and a father, but also someone who had medical problems and recently asked for a leave of absence. Authorities worked to figure out what set off geography professor Shannon Lamb, who killed himself as police closed in on him. Lamb is suspected of killing his girlfriend Amy Prentiss, 41, in their home in Gautier, then driving to Delta State University, where he is accused of fatally shooting Ethan Schmidt, a history professor.

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Democrats block GOP on Iran accord

For the second time, Senate Democrats blocked a vote to move forward on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, protecting President Obama's key foreign policy initiative. The measure failed to gain the 60 votes needed to advance. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., set up a third vote Thursday on a measure that would bar Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran unless Tehran recognized Israel as a state.


Egyptian attack kills Mexican vacationers

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said that embassy personnel in Egypt have identified six more bodies as those of Mexican citizens killed in an air attack by Egyptian police and military forces, bringing the total number of Mexicans killed to eight. Six other Mexicans were injured. The Mexicans were traveling on a desert oasis tour at the time.


Construction of island airstrip begins

New satellite images showed that China has started construction of an airstrip on a third artificial island in the South China Sea that will strengthen Beijing's military capacity in the contested waters. The photographs, released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, showed preparation for airfields on Mischief Reef and Subi Reef, submerged reefs in the contested Spratly Islands.


Ruling party leads presidential campaign

The chances of the ruling party candidate winning the presidential election in a first round are increasing as Daniel Scioli's proposal to make gradual changes to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's economic policies gains traction. Scioli, who is looking to succeed Fernandez in the Oct. 25 vote, is closer to securing the 40 percent support and 10 percentage-point lead needed to avoid a runoff.

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