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MALI

Keita cuts France trip short

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was to cut short a visit to France yesterday amid renewed fighting between insurgents and the military at home. Insurgents launched a fresh attack against the Malian army in the rebel bastion of Kidal on Monday, the military told reporters, after weekend violence erupted following the breakdown of peace talks. Keita was to meet French President Francois Hollande yesterday morning as scheduled, but will then return home, shortening his trip by two days, a source in his entourage in Paris said.

UNITED STATES

BASE jumpers baffle police

New York security video footage shows two daredevils dressed in black floating in parachutes from a height of about 40 stories before landing on a street near the World Trade Center and disappearing into the night, police said on Monday. Investigators were studying that video and other footage to try to identify the parachutists and determine which high-rise they leapt from at about 3am. The jumpers landed about two blocks from each other on West Street.

UNITED STATES

Sentenced man married

The bride wore white; the groom wore shackles. The marriage of Danne Desbrow and his fiancee, Destiny, came just minutes after he was sentenced to 53 years to life in prison for first-degree murder, the Union-Tribune San Diego reported on Monday. San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cookson officiated at both events. She even baked a cake for the Sept. 17 ceremony, the newspaper said. Desbrow was sentenced for the 2003 killing of Kevin Santos. His defense attorney argued Desbrow was defending himself in a fight. During the two-month trial, Desbrow proposed to his girlfriend. The two met in high school, but lost contact after she became pregnant at 16, the paper said. They reunited in January after the mother tracked down Desbrow so their son could meet his father.

RUSSIA

Pussy Riot member given IV

Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been put on an IV drip in hospital on the eighth day of her hunger strike, a prison doctor said on Monday. Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike on Sept. 23, releasing an open letter in which she described harrowing conditions at her prison and claimed she had received death threats over her complaints. The head of her penal colony, Alexander Kulagin, said on state TV that she would be force-fed glucose via her drip if her health worsened. “We are primarily humane people and therefore we will use [this] if her state of health gets worse,” he said.

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