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UNITED STATES

Baby scares off thief

A New York car thief drove off in an SUV, only to discover there was a witness to the crime: a baby in the backseat. Maybe he had a conscience, or just did not want to have to change diapers, but the thief, captured on surveillance video posted on NBC television, quickly dumped his hot ride. The parents of the seven-month-old girl had left her in the vehicle late on Tuesday while they stopped at a store in the Bronx. Footage showed the thief look around, then climb into the car, which had been left running, and take off. However, he drove only a short distance before abandoning it and its precious cargo. NY1 television posted pictures of the carjacker’s cute, unwilling partner in crime and quoted a caregiver as saying she was unharmed and being evaluated in hospital. There was no immediate information regarding the whereabouts of the thief.

UNITED STATES

Mandela show premieres

The newest reality television show is in some ways like any other: mother and daughters, sibling rivalry, family gossip and talk of Big Grandpa, who is very strict, but loves it when his great-grandchildren are around making a racket. However, that is where the twist comes in: Big Grandpa is Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid legend. Being Mandela premieres on Sunday on COZI TV and follows the lives of Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini. They are the fashionable, 30-something granddaughters of Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The 94-year-old former South African president, who was recently treated for a lung infection and had surgery to remove gallstones, does not appear in the series. However, his controversial ex-wife does — and by all accounts relishes it.

PANAMA

Cash mule arrested

A Guatemalan woman was arrested at the international airport as she tried to enter the country with more than US$31,000 in cash stashed inside her stomach, police said on Wednesday. The 44-year-old, whose identity was withheld, was arrested on Monday after police conducted an X-ray of the woman who was exhibiting “suspicious behavior,” according to the authorities. At least 39 different bundles that had been in her stomach were recovered by police, who estimated a total sum of US$31,200. The detainee was expected to expel the remaining bundles at a hospital in Panama City, where the authorities will determine the final amount she was illegally carrying.

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