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BAMAKO---Mali has con-
firmed a new case of Ebola,
bringing to eight the number
of people who have fallen ill
with the deadly disease in the
West African country.
A government statement
issued yesterday said the patient
had been placed in a treatment
All of Mali s Ebola cases can
be traced back to a 70-year-old
imam who was brought to the
country from Guinea, where the
epidemic first began.
Six of Mali s eight Ebola
patients have died. The govern-
ment said Saturday that another
patient who tested positive was
also receiving treatment and had
been isolated. Officials are mon-
itoring 271 people in a bid to
contain the disease.
The World Health Organisa-
tion says Ebola has killed more
than 5,400 people in West
Africa, mostly in Liberia, Sierra
Leone and Guinea. (AP)
Mali confirms eighth Ebola case
CLEVELAND---A 12-year-old boy was
fatally shot by police in Cleveland after
brandishing what turned out to be a pellet
gun designed to look real, triggering an
investigation into his death and a legis-
lator s call for such weapons to be brightly
coloured or bear special markings.
The boy, Tamir Rice, died from his
wounds Sunday, a day after police respond-
ed to a call about someone waving a "prob-
ably fake" gun at a playground.
Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said one cop
fired twice after the boy pulled the weapon---
which was lacking the orange safety indi-
cator usually found on the muzzle---from
his waistband but had not pointed it at
police. The boy did not make any verbal
threats but grabbed the "airsoft" handgun
after being told to raise his hands, Tomba
"That s when the officer fired," he said.
Police said the weapon resembled a semi-
The two policemen involved in the shoot-
ing have been placed on administrative leave,
which is standard procedure. The Cleveland
Plain Dealer reported that the men are a
first-year rookie and a 10-year department
The police department has collected sur-
veillance video and other evidence and will
present it to the county prosecutor s office,
the newspaper said without citing a source.
It said after reviewing the evidence pros-
ecutors will present the case to a grand jury,
which will decide whether the officer was
justified in using force against the boy.
An attorney for the boy s family, Timothy
Kucharski, said Tamir went to the park with
friends Saturday afternoon, but he did not
know the details of what led to his shooting.
A man who called police told dispatchers
the boy was on a swing set and pointing
a pistol that was "probably fake" and scaring
everyone. The caller said the boy was pulling
the gun in and out of his pants.
"I don t know if it s real or not," the caller
Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland
Police Patrolmen s Association, said the
police were not told the caller thought the
gun could be fake.
The cops called to the playground outside
a city recreation center saw the pistol sitting
on a table or bench, and watched the boy
grab it and put it in his waistband, Follmer
Yesterday, Cleveland s Web site was
hacked and a YouTube video purporting to
be from the hacker collective Anonymous
was posted referencing website shutdowns
and the shooting.
City spokesman Daniel Ball said the city
couldn t confirm who shut down the site.
He said the city was adding extra security
measures to prevent a repeat shutdown
before restoring the Web site. (AP)
LONDON---Britain faces its greatest-ever threat
from terrorism, the interior minister said yes-
terday, announcing measures to control suspects,
strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance
companies from paying terrorist ransoms.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the advance
of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq had
given "energy and a renewed sense of purpose"
to Islamic radicals in Britain, creating a threat
more serious "than at any time before or since
She said British authorities have foiled 40 ter-
rorist plots since the July 2005 London transit
bombings, which killed 52 people. In August,
Britain raised its threat level from "substantial"
to "severe," indicating an attack is highly likely.
May said a new counterterrorism bill, to be
introduced in Parliament tomorrow, will give police
and border guards the power to seize passports
and tickets from people suspected of planning to
travel abroad for terrorist purposes.
Authorities say more than 500 Britons have
travelled to fight in Syria. May said some fighters
would be temporarily barred from returning to
ensure "you will only be allowed to come home
on our terms."
She said the bill would clarify the current law
to stop British insurance companies reimbursing
families who have paid ransoms to free hostages
held by terrorists. Britain argues that paying such
ransoms places more people at risk. (AP)
CHICAGO---A US judge yesterday sentenced a
reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug
lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman to 22 years in
prison for his role in a $1 billion conspiracy to
traffic narcotics to Chicago and other cities.
In sentencing Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez,
Chief US District Judge in Chicago Ruben Castillo
said he wanted to send a stern message to Her-
nandez and other Mexican traffickers. Hernandez,
59, is one of 11 alleged traffickers indicted in Chica-
go, including Guzman himself. Hernandez was
the first to be sentenced.
The case is regarded as one of the US govern-
ment s most important against Mexican cartels.
Guzman remains jailed in Mexico and Mexican
authorities haven t said if they might extradite
him to Chicago.
The spotlight during and in the lead-up to Her-
nandez s sentencing was on the credibility of two
Sinaloa cartel associates-turned-government wit-
nesses, Pedro and Margarito Flores.
Secret recordings and other evidence provided
by the twin brothers in 2008 led to the Chicago
indictments of Hernandez and 10 others, including
Guzman and the Flores twins themselves.(AP)
Drug cartel boss
gets 22 years
Ohio family seeks answers as...
Cops shoot boy,
12, with fake gun
A woman talks
with a man and
(inset) at Cudell
was fatally shot
by a Cleveland
pulled a replica
gun (inset) at
the city park.
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