Abortion foe won't take plea deal

An attorney for an abortion opponent said that his client does not plan to accept a proposed plea deal for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos. Terry Yates, the attorney for David Daleiden, who faces a felony and a misdemeanor charge, said he is prepared to head to trial if he can't quash the indictment and isn't interested in a probation offer that would keep Daleiden out of prison.


6 found apparently stabbed in home

Five adults and a child were found dead inside a South Side Chicago home, all of them apparently stabbed, police said. Officers discovered the bodies around 1:05 p.m. after being called for a well-being check, a police spokeswoman said. Police said the victims were four men, one woman and a child 11 or 12 years old.


Report says Assange detention is unfair

Sweden's foreign ministry said that a U.N. advisory panel has concluded that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been a victim of "arbitrary" detention at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he sought refuge in 2012. The finding in Assange's favor isn't binding on authorities in Sweden and Britain, which seek to arrest and question Assange, but it represents a public relations victory for the 44-year-old. British and Swedish officials have indicated they will not be swayed by the U.N. panel's report.


10 soldiers feared dead in avalanche

At least 10 Indian soldiers stationed on the Siachen Glacier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir are feared dead after an avalanche engulfed their post, India's Defense Ministry announced. Teams of Indian army and air force personnel are searching for survivors on the glacier, at an altitude of 19,600 feet, where temperatures range from minus 42 degrees at night to minus 25 degrees during the day.

United Nations

200M have undergone female circumcision

At least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries are estimated to have undergone female circumcision — half of them in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the U.N. children's agency said in a report. The UNICEF statistical report said the global figure includes nearly 70 million more girls and women than it estimated in 2014. It said this is due to population growth in some countries and new data from Indonesia.

North Korea

South Korea, Japan vow to shoot debris

South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang. North Korea has informed international organizations that it will launch an observation satellite aboard a rocket this month.

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