Germany

Suspect found dead after 9 killings

A man suspected of fatally shooting several people in the German city of Hanau was found dead at his home early Thursday, hours after the attacks in and outside two hookah lounges, police said. Officers also found another body at the same address. “There are currently no indications of further perpetrators,” police said. After earlier reports of eight killed and around five wounded, police on Thursday said that the number of dead in Wednesday evening’s shootings had risen to nine.

Syria

Thousands fleeing, children dying in cold

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a Russian-backed Syrian offensive are being squeezed into ever smaller areas near Turkey’s border “under horrendous conditions” in freezing temperatures that are killing babies and young children, the U.N. humanitarian chief said. Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council that “the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe” in northwest Idlib Province, which is the last major rebel stronghold, has “overwhelmed” efforts to provide aid. He said nearly 900,000 people have been displaced since Dec. 1 when the government offensive began, more than 500,000 of them children.

Florida

Man suspected of spying for Russia

Federal authorities have arrested a Mexican citizen on charges that he collected information about a U.S. government informant on behalf of Russia. Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, 34, first drew suspicion on Friday when he followed another vehicle into the Miami-area property where the informant lived, the Justice Department said. As a security guard approached Fuentes’ rental car, his wife got out of the vehicle and took a picture of the informant’s license plate. U.S. prosecutors claim he was carrying out orders from a Russian official who had recruited him in 2019.

Michigan

University doctor is accused of abuse

Several former patients have alleged that a late University of Michigan physician, Dr. Robert E. Anderson, sexually abused them during exams. The university said an outside, independent investigation has been launched into the allegations against Anderson, the former director of the University Health Service and an athletic team physician. He died in 2008.

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