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UNITED STATES

Marines confirmed dead

Twelve marines missing at sea when two military helicopters apparently collided in Hawaii last week are dead, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said on Wednesday. The CH-53E helicopters crashed on Thursday last week off the island of Oahu with six crewmembers aboard each. “Our hearts go out to the loved ones and family members of 12 marines missing since an apparent helicopter collision off the coast of Hawaii last week,” Carter said in a statement.

UNITED STATES

Second execution of the year

Texas on Wednesday executed a man who killed a transvestite during a sex game, prison officials said. Richard Masterson, 43, who failed in a desperate last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court, received a lethal injection and died at 6:53pm, a spokesman for the local prison administration said. He was the second person executed in the nation this year. Masterson was convicted of strangling to death Darin Honeycutt in 2001 in Houston. Masterson admitted strangling Honeycutt, but said that it was an accident and that the victim died of a heart attack during consensual sex.

ECUADOR

Assange to face questioning

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange is to be questioned shortly at the nation’s embassy in London, President Rafael Correa told reporters in Quito on Wednesday. Correa said that questions submitted by Swedish prosecutors will be asked of Assange by Quito government officials “in the coming days.” The questions relate to accusations of sexual assault made by two women. “This is finally going to happen, what could have been done three years ago,” Correa said.

ARGENTINA

Airspace security tightened

The government has announced tighter new rules for the nation’ airspace, including a measure that could let the air force shoot down planes suspected of illegal activities. The rules include expanded radar coverage aimed at detecting and deterring drug and flights. Opponents have jumped on the protocol for potentially shooting down unresponsive planes, saying it amounts to a death sentence, but Secretary of Homeland Security Eugenio Burzaco on Wednesday said that would only be a last resort.

UNITED KINGDOM

Spelling error brings police

The family of a 10-year-old Muslim boy on Wednesday demanded an apology after he was quizzed by police for writing that he lived in a “terrorist” house instead of a “terraced” house during an English class. Police interviewed the boy at his home in Lancashire on Dec. 7 and examined the family computer following his mistake, according to the BBC. Since July last year, teachers have been legally obliged to report any suspicious behavior by pupils. “You can imagine it happening to a 30-year-old man, but not to a young child,” the boy’s cousin told the BBC. “If the teacher had any concerns it should have been about his spelling… He’s now scared of writing, using his imagination.” A terraced property is a term for a townhouse that shares its side walls with others. Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, the nation’s largest umbrella group for Islamic associations said: “There are huge concerns that individuals going about their daily life are being seen through the lens of security and are being seen as potential terrorists rather than students.”

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