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Putin delays Kazakh visit

President Vladimir Putin has postponed a visit to Kazakhstan, officials from both countries said on Wednesday, although the Kremlin dismissed another report that plans had changed because Putin was unwell. Dauren Abayev, adviser and spokesman for Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, announced the delay of the meeting, originally scheduled for this week, without giving a reason or a new date. Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko had been expected to join Putin and Nazarbayev for talks in Astana to discuss economic cooperation, the conflict in Ukraine and other issues. He is now expected to visit at a later date.


Salvadorean loses appeal

The Board of Immigration Appeals on Wednesday upheld a deportation order against former Salvadorean defense minister Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who is accused of grave human rights violations, including torture and extrajudicial killings, during his nation’s civil war. As head of El Salvador’s Civil Guard and later defense minister, Vides Casanova “participated” in acts of torture and extrajudicial executions, by preventing either by omission or commission, defendants from being taken to trial, the board said. His deportation had been ordered in 2012, but he lodged an appeal against it. Vides Casanova arrived in the US in 1989 on an immigrant visa.


Whale fatally injures tourist

A 35-year-old Canadian woman died from injuries obtained when a surfacing gray whale crashed onto a tourist boat, the Baja California Sur state prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. Firefighter commander Juan Carvajal Figueroa said the woman was in a boat with other tourists returning to the port of Cabo San Lucas about noon on Wednesday when the whale jumped from the water and landed on the boat, tossing the woman into the water. Navy personnel responded to the scene and moved the woman to shore. She died after being taken to a nearby clinic.


Alzheimer’s work touted

An experimental, non-invasive technique using targeted ultrasound has shown promise in lab animals toward eliminating the brain plaques that cause Alzheimer’s disease, researchers said on Wednesday. Tests on mice showed the approach eliminated almost all amyloid plaque in 75 percent of the animals studied, without damaging brain tissue, according to the study in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The therapy was delivered to the mice over several weeks. At the end, most of the treated animals were performing better in mazes, memory tests and other basic tasks than untreated mice. Researchers at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, plan to test the method in sheep next.


Robbers ambush jewel vans

About 15 armed suspects ambushed two vans carrying jewels worth millions on a highway in Burgundy in the dead of night, ejecting their drivers and speeding off. The vans were slowing down to approach a tollbooth on the A6 highway connecting Paris and Lyon at about midnight on Tuesday when four cars surrounded them and forced them to stop. No one was injured, and the van drivers were left at the scene. The vans were found burned 50km away. A search for the suspects is under way.

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