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BRAZIL

Ecclestone relative rescued

Police on Sunday said that they had rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone from two men on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. According to police, 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who had been held since Friday, was not harmed in the operation conducted by Sao Paulo’s anti-kidnapping division. Schunck is the mother of Fabiana Flosi, who married Ecclestone in 2012.

ITALY

Migrants rescued, five die

The coast guard said the bodies of five migrants were recovered from the Mediterranean on Sunday, while more than 6,500 people had been rescued off Libya since Thursday. In one operation, “five migrants were picked up out of the sea, three people were resuscitated and two were already dead,” the coast guard said on its Twitter account. The German aid group Jugend Rettet added that its ship had taken part in the same operation to save 130 people packed onto a rubber dinghy that was taking on water, and it had also recovered two bodies. A fifth body was found aboard a fishing boat from which some 470 migrants were rescued by the navy and the Malta-based aid group MOAS. Sunday’s rescue missions off the Libyan coast brought 1,100 migrants and refugees to safety overall, bringing the total to 6,530 since Thursday, the coast guard said.

NIGERIA

Online fraud suspect nabbed

A man reportedly behind an online fraud network which engineered scams worth more than US$60 million has been arrested in Port Harcourt, Interpol said yesterday. “The 40-year-old Nigerian national, known as ‘Mike,’ is believed to be behind scams totaling more than US$60 million involving hundreds of victims worldwide,” the organization said. “In one case, a target was conned into paying out US$15.4 million. The network compromised e-mail accounts of small to medium businesses around the world, including in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.” The suspect ran a network of at least 40 people working from three nations and had money-laundering contacts in China, Europe and the US.

POLAND

Pope explains tumble

Pope Francis has explained why he took a tumble during a public Mass on Thursday at the nation’s most popular Catholic shrine. Reporters aboard the papal plane flying him back to Rome on Sunday night after his five-day trip asked him why he fell while sprinkling incense around the outdoor altar at the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa. “I was watching [an image of] the Madonna, and I forgot the step… I let myself fall, and this saved me. Because if I tried to resist it, I would have gotten hurt,” the pope said.

UNITED STATES

School police charged

Two former Temple University police officers are facing murder charges in the slaying of a woman in Philadelphia. Court records say 47-year-old Aaron Wright and 41-year-old Marquis Robinson were charged on Saturday with murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse in the death of a 24-year-old woman last week. Police say the woman was found dead on Friday morning in the city’s Germantown neighborhood. It is unclear how she died. A local newspaper said it was a domestic case. A Temple spokesman says Wright resigned in 2012, while Robinson was an officer until Sunday, when he was fired because of the charges.

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