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Arson suspect faces judge

A 36-year-old man suspected of starting a deadly Paris fire in which eight people, including two children, were killed was brought before an investigating judge in the city on Saturday. Four others were hurt in the blaze on Wednesday, with terrified residents forced to jumped out of upper-floor windows of the five-story block in the 18th district of the capital as flames engulfed the building. Judicial sources said that the suspect — who was arrested near the scene — was carrying a lighter and a candle when he was first stopped by police, while security camera footage showed him passing close to the building before the fires broke out. Firemen were initially called to deal with a small fire at the building in the Goutte d’Or area of the city before the fatal blaze broke out two hours later. Six of the victims died of smoke inhalation, including two children aged eight and 14, a 44-year-old woman and a man of 63, all apparently from the same family, officials said. Hundreds of people gathered on Friday near the building to mourn those killed.


Dog found after 42 days

Yellowstone National Park is known for its wildlife, including bears and wolves, but for six weeks, one animal that roamed the park did not belong. An Australian dog named Jade was found in the Canyon area on Friday, 42 days after she went missing. “She’s skin and bones, but otherwise she seems perfectly fine,” the dog’s owner David Sowers of Denver said. Sowers said Jade ran off on July 23 after an auto wreck while he and his girlfriend, Laura Gillice, were driving through the park. “When they tried to get her out of the car she bolted and she ran into the woods,” Sowers said. “She disappeared for, like, 15 days, and I thought she was gone.” Over the past several weeks, signs were posted and an Internet campaign started asking park visitors to keep an eye out for the dog. Traps with dog food were even set. Reports of Jade being seen roaming the park started coming in. Sowers and his girlfriend, who were both injured in the wreck, had returned to Yellowstone several times to look for the dog before finding her on Friday. “I haven’t been following doctors’ orders very well,” said Sowers, who suffered injuries to his ribs, arm and leg in the accident. “They told me not to be doing this, but I wanted to find my dog.” On Friday morning, Gillice was with their other dog when she saw something black and white across a meadow. In less than a minute “she started running toward me,” Gillice said. Sowers said other than a small cut on her lip and losing weight, Jade is OK.


Journalist reports detention

A Dutch journalist said she has been detained by police while covering clashes in a town in the nation’s mainly Kurdish southeast region. Frederike Geerdink said on Twitter yesterday that she was detained in the town of Yusekova and would be questioned by a prosecutor. It was the second time that the freelance journalist, who reports mainly on Kurdish issues, has been taken into custody in Turkey. She was briefly detained in January and in April was acquitted of charges of engaging in propaganda on behalf of the Kurdish rebels. This week, a Turkish court released from jail two British Vice News journalists who were arrested on terror-related charges while reporting from Diyarbakir, the main city in the nation’s mainly Kurdish region. Their Turkey-based assistant remains jailed.

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