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Italian Red Cross Hostage Freed After Six Months

59 civilians were killed in Iraq this week. A U.S. soldier shot and killed a civilian driver yesterday after the driver did not stop when he was signaled to. In a separate incident, a driver was killed in a head-on collision with an U.S. Army Stryker vehicle, CNN.

An Italian Red Cross worker that was held hostage for six months in the Philippines has been released. Eugenio Vagni, 62, was being held by Muslim rebels who called for an end of military operations in the area and a withdrawal of troops. A ransom was requested in exchange for Vagni, but officials say no ransom was paid, BBC News.

Gunmen have killed five federal agents and two soldiers in Mexico in retribution for the arrest of a prominent member of the La Familia drug cartel. The gunmen threw grenades and shot at police stations in the town of Morelia and in five other cities, New York Times.

Thousands of Bosnia Muslims remembered today the events the took place in Srebrenica in 1995, when what is believed to be 8,000 men and boys were killed by Serb forces. The killings were “Europe’s worst massacre since World War II,” Sky News.

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Stalker Suspected in Murder of Wesleyan Student Turns Himself In

Johanna Justin-Jinich, a 21 year-old student at Wesleyan University, was murdered on Wednesday by a stalker, Stephen P. Morgan. They two had both attended a summer course at New York University two years ago. Morgan harassed Justin-Jinich, calling her and sending emails. The police were notified but no charges were pressed. On Wednesday Morgan entered the Red and Black Cafe where Justin-Jinich worked and shot her seven times at point blank range with a semiautomatic handgun. Morgan milled around outside the cafe and even gave his name and number to police. Police interviews with the family later revealed Morgan as a suspect. On Thursday, after seeing his face in a newspaper at a convenience store, Morgan called police to turn himself in. Journals found in Morgan’s car indicate anti-Semitic beliefs and plots to rape and kill Justin-Jinich before going on a shooting rampage on the Wesleyan campus,  New York Times.

Half  million civilians are in the warzone in northwestern Pakistan. The Pakistani government is encouraging civilians to flee so that they can minimize civilians casualties while using aerial bombardment and heavy artillery against the Taliban. Hospitals in Pakistan are overwhelmed by the number of sick and wounded, CNN. Images of the refugees, BBC News.

Sudan will allow aid agencies to expand operations. When the International Criminal Court put out an arrest warrant for Sudan President Omar al-Bashir in March, Sudan responded by expelling 13 aid groups, BBC News.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the international aid agency the Red Cross. Celebrate by giving blood. Photo exhibition “Our World at War” shows the human cost and aftermath of war. Today, May 8, is World Red Cross Red Crescent Day.

California wildfires continue to rage in 50 mph winds and air temperatures of 100 degrees. 18,000 have been ordered to evacuate near Santa Barbara and many homes, including multi-million dollar homes, have been destroyed by the fire, USA Today.

Flooding in Brazil from heavy rainfall continues. 241,000 people have been displaced. The Associated Press reports that not only do Brazilians have to cope with the loss of their homes, they must also battle aalligators and poisonous snakes as they trek through swollen rivers in search of food and shelter.

In more uplifting news, a homeless couple in Washington, DC were married with the help of members of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown who donated everything the couple needed for a beautiful wedding. Dante White, 28, has been homeless since he was thrown out of his mother’s house at the age of 14. Nhiahni Chestnut, who has struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol, met White nine years ago and fell in love. The couple will return to the DC streets after their two-night honeymoon in Virginia, Yahoo News.

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