United Nations

Security Council calls for Syrian cease-fire

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for a cease-fire and political talks to help end the civil war in Syria. The measure, adopted 15-0, was the first time that Russia and the U.S., who have been at loggerheads over the future of President Bashar Assad agreed on a plan for a political process. The resolution makes no mention of whether or not Assad would be able to run for office in new elections, which the resolution said must be held in the next 18 months.


Two executions criticized by rights group

Two people were executed by hanging, including one who was convicted in a jury trial under a new legal system that began six years ago. Sumitoshi Tsuda was found guilty of killing three people in 2009, and Kazuyuki Wakabayashi was convicted of killing a woman and her daughter in 2006. Amnesty International criticized the executions, saying 14 people have now been put to death under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Washington, D.C.

Don't even thinking about speeding in D.C.

If you're flying down a Washington street at 25 mph or more above the posted speed limit and get caught, you could soon face a $1,000 fine. The penalty was among several new traffic enforcement measures Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed to eliminate road deaths and injuries. Currently, drivers traveling 25 mph above the posted limit in the city face a maximum fine of $300.


Geography assignment leads to closures

A school system closed schools after a high school geography assignment on world religions led to allegations of Islamic indoctrination and a slew of angry e-mails and phone calls. Augusta County School District officials said that there had been no specific threat. A geography teacher had asked students to copy the Islamic statement of faith in Arabic. Some parents were outraged at what they saw as an attempt to proselytize Islam.


Trooper charged in Iowa man's drowning

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the drowning death of an Iowa man who fell from a patrol boat while he was handcuffed at the Lake of the Ozarks. Trooper Anthony Piercy was charged in the May 31, 2014, death of Brandon Ellingson, 20, of suburban Des Moines. Piercy had arrested Ellingson for boating while intoxicated.


Man charged with attempting to aid ISIL

A 19-year-old pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, used Twitter to spread its propaganda and had a backpack with ammunition that suggested he might have been plotting an attack, federal authorities said. Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, of Harrisburg, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He will be held pending a detention and preliminary hearing next week.

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