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US murder suspect in Bali denied private legal consultations: lawyer CHICAGO: A Chicago-area teenager detained in connection with the death of her mother on the resort island of Bali is not being allowed to meet privately with her legal team in Indonesia, her US-based lawyer said on Monday.Michael Elkin, Chicago-based attorney for 19-year-old Heather Mack, called on Indonesian authorities to allow her local legal advisers and investigators working on her case to meet with her in a private setting. Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Aug. 13 as suspects in the death of Mack's mother, 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose battered body was found in a suitcase in a taxi outside the luxury St. Regis hotel.Mack and her mother had a troubled relationship and von Wiese-Mack had frequently reported that her daughter punched and bit her, according to police reports cited by Chicago media."Local investigators and/or counsel must be allowed access to Heather if police officials ...

Major 7.0-magnitude quake strikes central Peru: USGS WASHINGTON: A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck central Peru Sunday, US experts said.The quake struck 42 kilometers (26 miles) east-northeast of Tabo at a depth of 58.9 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Hurricane Marie becomes powerful category 5 storm off Mexico MEXICO CITY: Hurricane Marie intensified to a powerful category five storm in the Pacific Sunday, as six Mexican states braced for heavy rain and dangerous waves.As the eighth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season, Marie was packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles (260 kilometers) per hour, according to the latest bulletin from US forecasters.The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned the storm could continue to gain strength over the next day or two. Marie ...
Kidnappers free US journalist missing in Syria since 2012 DUBAI: Kidnappers in Syria have freed a US journalist missing since 2012, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, following what Qatari-owned Al Jazeera said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state to win his release.Kerry said in a statement announcing the release of Theo Curtis that the United States was using "every diplomatic, intelligence and military tool" at its disposal to secure the release of other Americans held hostage in Syria.News of ...
Trayvon Martin parents to join rally FERGUSON: The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager shot dead in 2012, were expected to join the family of Michael Brown, killed by a police officer in Missouri this month, in a rally in St. Louis on Sunday to protest against police violence.The demonstration will take place one day before the funeral of Brown, an 18-year-old black youth whose slaying by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the town of Ferguson on Aug. ...
Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits northern California SAN FRANCISCO: California governor declared a state of emergency on Sunday following a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake that seriously injured three people including a child and ignited fires in the scenic Napa valley wine region.The US Geological Service said that the quake was the most powerful to hit the San Francisco Bay area since the 1989 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake.The quake sent at least a top corner of a brick building tumbling into the street in ...
One missing, 4,000 displaced by storm in Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO: One person was swept away and 4,000 were displaced Saturday when heavy rains from a newly forming tropical depression slammed into the Dominican Republic, authorities said, warning the Bahamas was next.Alfonso Astacio was trying to cross a river in a van in Hato Mayor, some 110 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of the capital, and was swept away in the torrent, said Juan Manuel Mendez, director of the country's emergency operations center.Flooding near rivers ...


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