The parents of 16 children, 12 of those adopted, were found shot to death in their Florida home yesterday. Eight children of the victims, Byrd and Melanie Billings, were found inside the home, all unharmed. Authorities say they are looking for three males driving a red van who may be suspects in the murders, CNN.
Five British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan today, bringing the total of British soldiers killed in the war since 2001 to 184. The soldiers were killed in two separate attacks while on foot patrols in the Helmand province, BBC News.
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Uighur muslims in the Chinese city of Urumqi defiantly attended evening services at mosques last night despite a warning from the Chinese government that the mosques should remain closed. China has reinstituted a curfew, Bloomberg.
Leaders at the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy have reached an agreement to provide an aid package to Africa that will focus on improving agricultural practices and improving food security. The goal is to move away from providing food aid in the form of food from western countries which often only floods the local market with cheap food and is also diverted from those who really need it, Wall Street Journal.
The trial of Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has resumed after a six week break. She is accused to breaking the terms of her house arrest after an American man came to her Rangoon home uninvited. It is expected that Suu Kyi will be on trial or in prison until after the upcoming elections in Burma, Voice of America.
The ruins of the city of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, have been damaged due to use and neglect by Saddam Hussein, and later US troops who established a military base there, according to UNESCO. UNESCO is considering declaring the ruins a World Heritage Site in hopes of preventing further damages, AFP.
US President Barack Obama will make his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa today when he lands in Ghana. Ghana is considered one of the most successful states in Africa and has a functioning democracy, CNN International.
A 27-year-old man was gored to death by a bull during the running of the bulls in Pamlona, Spain. This is the first fatal goring since 1995, Associated Press.
London’s Big Ben is 150 years old today, BBC News.
Actor David Carradine, known most for his role on “Kung Fu” and in the Kill Bill series, was found dead this morning in Bangkok, Thailand. Police initially reported that he has been found hanged and considered the case a suicide, but now police are questioning if it was accidental. The 72-year-old actor had been in Thailand to shoot a movie, BBC News.
A British citizen has reportedly been killed by al-Queda in northwest Africa. Edwin Dyer was kidnapped in Niger at the beginning of the year and held in Mali. Al-Queda demanded the release of Abu Qatad, a radical Muslim cleric, in exchange for Dyer, BBC News.
A baby white rhino has debuted at the Madrid zoo, a month after being born through articifical insemination. He is only the third white rhino to be bred this way because females in captivity have a hard time producing eggs, MSNBC.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has resigned after he fired army chief Rookmangud Katawal yesterday for not integrating ex-Maoist rebels into the army force, prompting a fight with President Ram Baran Yadav. The president reinstated Katawal last night, but not before other key parties resigned in response to the army chief’s firing. Dahal, a Maoist rebel leader, said he stepped down the save the peace process, AP.
25 people are dead in Afghanistan after bomb blasts in two provinces. In Laghman, an eastern province, a mayor was killed along with six others by a 14-year-old suicide bomber, BBC News.
A Dallas Cowboys scout has been paralyzed from the waist down after storms on Saturday caused an air-supported canopy to collapse during practice. Rich Behm, 33, severed his spinal cord and 11 others were hurt, CNN.
A baby gorilla was rescued from smugglers in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week by undercover agents. The baby, believed to be about two-years-old was extremely malnourished, dehydrated, and had a puncture wound to the leg. Officials say baby gorillas can be worth as much as $20,000 on the black market, CNN.
Today, April 25th, marks World Malaria Day.