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Pre-hurricane evictions

The mayor of Delmar city, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, has begun clearing out camps set up after last year's earthquake, evicting people amid heavy rains and the start of the hurricane season Wednesday. Mayor Wilson Jeudy says the settlements, densely packed clusters of wood shanties and tarps, have become staging areas for crime. Panicked residents say they have nowhere else to live or seek shelter. The earthquake left about 1.5 million people homeless.


RUSSIA: Arrest in Moscow slaying

Russian security forces arrested the suspected triggerman in the 2006 killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was gunned down in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building. Politkovskaya was a sharp critic of the Kremlin and its appointed strongman in Chechnya. Rustam Makhmudov was arrested Tuesday in his native Chechnya and flown to Moscow. His two brothers were accused of playing minor roles, as lookout and getaway driver. A former Moscow police officer was accused of supplying the murder weapons.


SRI LANKA: Video suggests war crimes

A UN expert called Tuesday for Sri Lanka to file charges against soldiers shown in a graphic video shooting bound, blindfolded prisoners and abusing corpses in the final days of the 26-year civil war. The expert, Christof Heyns, reviewed the 5-minute, 25-second video with a team of technical and forensic specialists and concluded that it suggests enough evidence for a war-crimes case. Sri Lanka has claimed the video is fake.


INDIA: Bus crash kills 28

A groom and several relatives going to a wedding were among 28 people killed when a wood bridge collapsed and a bus crashing into a lake in the remote northeast, officials said Tuesday. The bus fell 15 feet and sank with the wedding party trapped inside late Monday near Hajo, about 25 miles west of the Assam state capital of Gauhati. The bride was not on the bus.

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