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COLOMBIA

Mora’s daughter freed

President Juan Manuel Santos says the kidnapped daughter of a high-profile security official has been freed after two days in captivity. Santos told reporters that the 11-year-old girl is in “stable condition” and back with her parents. Her father is Diego Mora, director of the National Protection Unit, which is in charge of protecting high-profile public figures, including ministers and members of congress. Santos credited pressure from public security forces for her liberation. The girl was kidnapped on Thursday in the city of Cucuta. Police found her on Saturday on the road from Zulia to El Cornejo in Norte de Santander, 400km northeast of Bogota, Cututa Mayor Donamaris Ramirez said.

UNITED STATES

Teen manages clean sweep

A high-school senior in southern California achieved a surprising academic clean sweep — he was accepted to every Ivy League school. Fernando Rojas, 17, the son of Mexican immigrants whose schooling stopped in the eighth grade, is planning on attending Yale University in the fall. The national speech and debate champion from Fullerton High School told the Orange County Register in Saturday’s editions that he applied to all the elite schools hoping he might be accepted to one. However, they all wanted him. He told the newspaper he was “excited and scared” after realizing he would have to choose among them. Rojas attributed his success to hard work and guidance from his siblings.

UNITED STATES

Strip club eyes graduates

Advertisements outside the Little Darlings strip club in Las Vegas encourage recent high-school graduates to apply, promoting stripping as a way to earn money for college. KVVU-TV reported that Little Darlings manager Rick Marzullo said the ads fit in with the character of Las Vegas. The signs have slogans like “Now auditioning the class of 2015” and “Pay your way through college.” Marzullo said he is offering a way for young women 18 and older to make good money in a struggling economy. He said entertainers at his club make up to US$1,000 per night and he has noticed more and more women turning to stripping to help with rising college costs.

COLOMBIA

FARC rebels destroy plant

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels blew up a water plant in the southwest, military officials said on Saturday, in the latest alleged attack by the guerrilla movement on the nation’s infrastructure. Fighters with FARC “detonated a high-power explosive device” that destroyed the facility in the town of Algeciras, disrupting service to about 13,000 people, a military statement said. The attack follows two others over the past week on Colombian utilities, both on electrical plants, which led to major power outages. Presumed FARC rebels on Tuesday blew up an electrical tower, plunging the southwestern town of Tumaco into darkness.

CHINA

Girl dies in freak accident

A three-year-old girl has died after falling from a bouncy castle that was blown into the air in southern China on Thursday evening. The Xinhua news agency reported that the girl was playing in the inflatable castle outside a supermarket when a freak gale blew it away. It quoted Li Zhongji, of the county’s work safety bureau, as saying the castle was an unlicensed business. An official on duty from the Tianyang County government in Guangxi confirmed the incident.

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