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UNITED STATES

Mayor’s son mugged

A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor’s 17-year-old son was mugged near the family’s home on Friday. Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn on Saturday said that Zach Emanuel had “injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long planned trip” to Chile. She says the mayor requested the news media respect his family’s privacy. Chicago Police spokesman Thomas Sweeney said police are investigating an attack on Friday night near the mayor’s home in which two males took their victim’s cellphone.

ECUADOR

Quito returns Berlin’s funds

President Rafael Correa on Saturday said that the government is giving back about US$8.5 million donated by Germany last year because of an environmental row. “Go ahead, take your 7 million euros. If you like, we will give you another 7 million euros for training programs in respect, on sovereignty and on international law,” Correa said in his weekly address. Germany had expressed disappointment in Quito’s refusal to allow a German parliamentary delegation to visit Yasuni National Park. Many indigenous and environmental groups oppose government plans to allow oil to be pumped in the remote Amazon basin area that sits atop 920 million barrels of crude oil. Correa said that the German lawmakers “were coming here to supervise what was going on in Yusuni” without government permission, slamming the move as a “lack of respect.” He added that the Germans “are welcome as tourists. They are welcome as brothers. They are not welcome as supervisors.”

UNITED STATES

Muhammad Ali hospitalized

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was in stable condition after being hospitalized on Saturday with a “mild” case of pneumonia, his spokesman Bob Gunnell said on Saturday night. The 72-year-old Ali was not expected to remain in the hospital long, Gunnell said, without providing further details. Ali last appeared in public in September at an awards ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky.

COLOMBIA

FARC begins ceasefire

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) began a unilateral ceasefire on Saturday hailed as a key step in peace negotiations — but uncertainty marred the truce, which the guerrillas threatened to break if attacked by the army. “Today, the FARC’s unilateral and indefinite ceasefire began. I hope it will turn into a bilateral and final ceasefire, and we can put an end to a war that’s lasted more than 50 years,” President Juan Manuel Santos said at a ceremony in La Guajira. Santos said that he hoped the move would facilitate ongoing peace talks in Havana, Cuba. The rebels declared Christmas ceasefires the past two years, but this is the first without an expiration date.

UNITED STATES

State ready for executions

Oklahoma’s prison system boss says the state has the drugs it needs to execute four inmates early next year and plans to administer the same three drugs used in a botched execution this spring, but with an increased dose. Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton told a federal judge on Friday that the agency plans to use the exact formula used successfully in 11 executions in Florida, one that he believes is “humane.” A judge plans to rule today in a case in which lawyers for 21 death row inmates say one of the three drugs, the sedative midazolam, presents a risk of cruel and unusual punishment.

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