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HAITI

Parliament backs PM choice

Parliament on Friday approved the interim leader’s second nominee for prime minister, taking a critical step toward concluding postponed elections. The lower house Chamber of Deputies voted in favor of Enex Jean-Charles serving as a transitional government’s prime minister with a 78-1 vote. Two deputies abstained. The Senate unanimously ratified Jean-Charles’ policy statement late on Thursday. President Jocelerme Privert chose the US-educated administrative law professor and veteran presidential adviser earlier this week after his first choice, economist Fritz Jean, was rejected by a majority of deputies.

UNITED STATES

Colleges report hate hack

Several colleges across the nation are investigating after a rash of anti-Semitic fliers began printing from their network-connected printers or fax machines. The fliers began to appear on Thursday at institutions including Princeton University; Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “Princeton attaches great importance to mutual respect and we deplore expressions of hatred directed against any individual or group,” the university’s vice provost for institutional equity and inclusion Michele Minter said in a statement. Robert Trestan, director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League, said a white-power group appears to have hacked into university printers. He said that was a new tactic for such a group. The fliers are addressed to “white men” and disparage Jewish people. They include links to a neo-Nazi Web site. Trestan said the founder of the Web site previously urged supporters to “troll” perceived enemies, including a Jewish member of the British Parliament, Luciana Berger, on Twitter. He said other affected universities include Smith College in Massachusetts; the University of California, Santa Cruz; Northeastern University in Boston; the University of Rhode Island; the University of Connecticut; DePaul University in Chicago; and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

UNITED STATES

‘Planet Snoop’ launched

Snoop Dogg heard the call of the wild, and he responded. The rapper is providing commentary for nature and other videos on Planet Snoop, a new series on his Merry Jane Web site. The world learned of Snoop Dogg’s skill as a nature host when his parodies of the Plant Earth documentary series aired on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. A petition titled “Get Snoop Dogg to Narrate Whole Season of Planet Earth” drew more than 75,000 signatures, according to the Web site, and “Planet Snoop” was born.

UNITED STATES

Anchorage man sentenced

A 45-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for attempted sexual exploitation of children and attempted foreign travel for illicit sexual conduct. Federal prosecutors in an announcement said Jason Jayavarman attempted to arrange a child sex tourism trip for himself and others to Cambodia. He was convicted in March last year. Prosecutors at Jayavarman’s trial presented evidence that he made 12 trips to Cambodia before his arrest in 2013 and made videos of himself engaging in sexual acts with a person he believed was a child. An undercover FBI agent collected evidence indicating Jayavarman planned another trip for himself and others and explained to a potential traveler how to groom a child for sex and avoid arrest.

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