News Briefs: Oct. 1, 2013

Compiled by Sun Star Staff
Oct. 1, 2013

Retrial for Knox

American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito’s retrial for the 2007 killing of Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher will begin on Monday in Italy.

Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009. The convictions were overturned by an appeals court in 2011 because of flaws in the DNA evidence.  Last year, Italy’s supreme court overturned the appeals court decision and ordered a retrial saying there were “shortcomings, contradictions and inconsistencies” in the former ruling.

-Fox News

Activists arrested

Twenty-eight Greenpeace activists and two journalists have been jailed in Russia for two months following a protest at an oil platform in the Arctic.

Two of the activists had attempted to climb from a Greenpeace ship onto the oil platform before the Russian Coast Guard intervened and towed the ship with the activists to Murmansk.  No charges have yet been filed, but the prosecution is considering several charges including piracy.


Pastor shot by deacon

Deacon Woodrow Karey shot his pastor, Ronald Harris, while Harris was preaching at their church in Louisiana.

Karey fled the church but then called 911, confessed and was charged with second-degree murder.  Karey does not have a criminal history and his motive is unknown.


Harvard Humanitarian

Harvard University awarded 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award in a ceremony on Friday.

Yousafzai is a proponent of girls’ education and is from Pakistan. The Taliban tried to assassinate Yousafzai a year ago because she spoke out against the Taliban.


Bombings in Baghdad

At least 24 people have been killed in a series of car bombings in a Shiite community in Iraq on Monday. Seventy-five people were injured, according to officials.


Miss World crowned

Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World 2013 in Bali on Saturday.  Miss France took second place and Miss Ghana took third.  Young was born in the US but moved to the Philippines at age 10.

New York Daily News

Emergency alerts

Twitter will now allow government offices and non-government groups to send emergency notifications through Twitter during emergencies.

Officials will tag a tweet as an alert and it will be sent out via a push notification or text.

Users will have to sign up for the alerts and can customize which alerts they receive.


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