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ITALY

Hospital ward killer arrested

A woman suspected of murdering 13 patients in a Tuscan hospital between 2014 and last year has been arrested, Italian police said in a statement yesterday. Called “the hospital ward killer,” the woman allegedly committed multiple homicides while working as a nurse in the intensive care and anesthesia ward of a hospital in Piombino. The nurse’s alleged victims had “various pathologies,” police said, but no further details about the case were given. The national military police — the Carabinieri — detained the woman late on Wednesday.

BRAZIL

Rousseff clinging to allies

President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday scrambled to hold together her crumbling ruling coalition by negotiating key government posts with remaining allies, aides said, as key partners discussed abandoning her amid impeachment proceedings. A day after Rousseff’s biggest coalition partner broke away and ordered its six ministers in her Cabinet to resign, another coalition ally — the Progressive Party — convened a meeting for April 11 to April 12 to decide whether to leave as well. A presidential aide said the government was reaching out to individual members of allied parties to offer positions that have opened up after the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party bolted on Tuesday.

CANADA

Ford ‘mayor of heaven’

Toronto on Wednesday mourned its former mayor Rob Ford, whom his young daughter in a speech called the “mayor of heaven now.” Ford died last week at age 46 after fighting cancer. His four-year tenure as mayor of Canada’s largest city was marred by revelations about his drinking problems and illegal drug use. As he sought a second term in 2014, his cancer diagnosis forced him to do what months of scandals could not — drop his bid for re-election. He died less than two years later. “I remember at the hospital he smiled at me and he said: ‘Stephanie, I may not be here for too much longer, but I want you to remember that I will always love you. I need you and your brother to be strong for your mom,’” his 10-year-old daughter said on Wednesday.

UNITED STATES

Apology for ugly travel tip

The Department of State on Wednesday issued an apology after posting a tweet that seemed to proffer travel advice for those whose looks are less than a perfect “10.” “Some have been offended by our earlier tweet and we apologize that it came off negatively,” the Bureau of Consular Affairs posted on its Twitter account, after pulling down the offending message. Media outlets posted screenshots of the tweet, part of a campaign warning those headed overseas on spring break how to stay out of trouble while abroad. “Not a ‘10’ in the US? Then not a ‘10’ overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse — being robbed” the bureau advised on its @TravelGov account. What was apparently meant as a warning against potential scams initiated by unusual amounts of flattery or alcohol, quickly became the subject of mockery on the Internet. A spoof Twitter account that appeared in the wake of the post offered its own warnings: “If you’re not a ‘10’ in the United States consider whether travel is really going to fill the void inside you.” The Bureau of Consular Affairs said on Twitter it had only been trying to prevent Americans from becoming victims while overseas in the series of tweets, which were hashtagged #springbreakingbadly.

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