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UNITED KINGDOM

Saudi prince to go home

A gay Saudi prince jailed for life for murdering his servant is to serve the rest of his sentence in his home country, a government source said on Tuesday. Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah II, was jailed in 2010 for killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz in a London hotel after subjecting him to a “sadistic” campaign of violence and sexual abuse. The source confirmed that British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling had approved the 36-year-old prince’s transfer to a jail in Saudi Arabia.

UNITED STATES

Prison guard charged

A federal prison guard was charged on Tuesday with sexually abusing a convicted cop killer whose child she is carrying, and she had an affair with a second inmate while pregnant, prosecutors said. A visibly pregnant Nancy Gonzalez, 29, appeared briefly in court before a federal judge in Brooklyn, before being released on bail. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The woman, who worked the night shift at the Brooklyn Metro Detention Center in New York, was accused of having a four-month affair with Ronell Wilson that ended in August last year. Wilson was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2003 murder of two New York police officers, but a federal appeals court tossed out the death sentence in 2010 and he is awaiting his sentence before a new jury. Gonzalez began her affair with the other inmate in September last year.

MEXICO

Gunmen rape six women

A gang of masked gunmen broke into a beach bungalow and raped six Spanish women in Acapulco, officials said. The attackers used phone cables and bikini straps to tie up seven Spanish men and a Mexican woman who were also in the rental house near the Barra Vieja beach as they assaulted the Spanish women for two hours early on Monday. Acapulco Mayor Luis Walton Aburto caused a stir when he told reporters that the crime was “very unfortunate, but it happens everywhere in the world.”

DENMARK

Writer thwarts gunman

A prominent writer who heads a controversial group that claims free speech is under threat from Islam escaped an attempt on his life in Copenhagen on Tuesday, police said. Historian Lars Hedegaard was able to fend off the attack after the gunman misfired and was unharmed, police said in a statement. The incident happened when Hedegaard, 70, opened his front door to a man pretending to be delivering a package and wearing a jacket showing the logo of the Danish postal service. The attacker “fired a shot with his gun aimed at the victim’s head,” but he missed, the statement said. A struggle then ensued between the two men and the attacker fled the scene, it added.

RUSSIA

Partying in the gulag

Millions of people died in Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s gulag, but the 75th anniversary of the founding of one of the notorious forced-labor camps was cause for celebration for some. Russian news portals reported on Tuesday that local officials and prison wardens threw a party last week honoring the Usolsky camp in the Urals, with music and dancing, and speeches by former camp guards. The camp was founded in 1938. Usolsky held from 10,000 to 30,000 prisoners at any given time, including those convicted of “counter-revolutionary activity” and other political crimes. More than 16 percent of prisoners died of malnutrition and overwork.

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