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SYRIA

Mass grave found

The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Deir Ezzor Province, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. The discovery brings the number of Shaitat tribal members slain during the jihadists’ summer advance in Deir Ezzor Province near Iraq to more than 900, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The UK-based group said it had “learned from trusted sources that more than 230 bodies have been found in a mass grave in the desert near al-Kashkiyeh in the east of Deir Ezzor.” The “vast majority” were civilians, many of them executed in cold blood after the tribe rose up against the militants after they had driven out rival jihadists and rebels from the area.

CANADA

Terrorist may have had help

The man who killed a soldier and then stormed the parliament in October may not have been acting alone, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen who wanted to travel to Syria, was shot dead after a gunfight in the halls of parliament. “People say he was a lone wolf. It’s true he was a single attacker, but it is not necessarily the case that it was only one guy,” Harper said in an interview with the French-language TVA network. Zehaf-Bibeau struck two days after Martin Rouleau, a Muslim convert, ran down two Canadian soldiers in Quebec, killing one. Rouleau was shot dead by police. “It is possible there were other people around these men,” Harper said. He did not elaborate except to say that investigations were continuing.

UNITED STATES

Uber driver in rape charge

A Boston man who works as an Uber Technologies Inc driver was charged with taking a woman to a secluded area and raping her, as questions about the company’s driver-screening process prompted it to begin an assessment of its safety programs. Alejandro Done, 46, pulled up at about 7:30pm on Dec. 6 to a Boston residence, where a young woman was waiting for a pre-arranged ride-sharing driver, according to a statement by Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas. Police said they identified the defendant as the driver of the car through company records. Uber has faced criticism over the safety of its rides. This month, one of its drivers was accused of raping a woman in New Delhi.

UNITED STATES

Executions at 20-year low

Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the country, the number of prison inmates being put to death fell to a 20-year low this year, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report issued yesterday. The 35 executions this year was the lowest since 1994, said the Washington-based nonprofit, which does not take a position on whether the death penalty should be abolished, in its annual survey of national data. The number of people sentenced to death is also falling, the report said, reaching 72 by the middle of this month, the lowest in 40 years. The report said that high-profile botched executions in Ohio, Arizona and especially the execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma also led to what the center described as “outcry and delays” that indicate increasing concerns among the public about how the death penalty is imposed. In all three of those states, executions by lethal injection using new drug combinations took longer than expected.

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