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New York---A former New York
prison worker who helped two
murderers escape from a maximum-
security lockup has been sentenced to
up to seven years behind bars.
Fifty-one-year-old Joyce Mitchell
wiped away tears and apologised as she
was sentenced yesterday to 2 1/3 to
seven years in prison under terms of a
plea deal with prosecutors this summer.
She pleaded guilty to charges related
to providing tools to Richard Matt and
David Sweat, who broke out of the
Clinton Correctional Facility June 6.
The pair eluded more than 1,000
searchers in northern New York for
weeks. Matt was killed by a border
agent June 26. Sweat was wounded
and captured by a trooper two days
Mitchell admitted becoming close
with the pair, and she agreed to be their
getaway driver before backing out.
Prison worker who helped killers escape gets 7 years
A 20-year-old Florida woman was
arrested on Saturday on suspicion of rid-
ing a sea turtle on the beach in photos
that went viral on social media in early
July, police said.
Stephanie Moore, of Melbourne, faces
a felony charge of possessing, selling, or
molesting a marine turtle or eggs nest, a
violation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission rules, according
to a statement by the Melbourne Police
Moore was one of two young women
whose photos showed up on Facebook in
early July, in which they appeared to be
riding a turtle on the beach, police said.
"These pictures flooded social media
networks and eventually multiple com-
plaints were forwarded to the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
who handled the criminal investigation,"
the statement said.
The second woman has been identified
by authorities but has not been arrested,
said David Hochberg, chairman of the
board of the Florida-based nonprofit Sea
Turtle Preservation Society.
"Sea turtles, which are among the oldest
creatures on earth, have remained essen-
tially unchanged for 110 million years," the
commission's website reads. "However,
they face an uncertain future."
Hochberg said he was glad to see
authorities enforcing the laws and hoped
Moore would get a punishment that would
"sting a bit" and perhaps inspire her to
advocate for the turtles. (Reuters)
BELGRADE---Bickering between Balkan
rivals Serbia and Croatia over a migrant
surge has turned personal, with Croatia s
prime minister saying he no longer wants
to speak with his Serbian counterpart.
The two former Yugoslav nations, which
were at war in the 1990s, imposed tit-
for-tat border regulations last week, but
the dispute appeared to have eased on Fri-
Croatia has been accusing Serbia of
sending thousands of migrants to its border,
instead of channeling them up north to
On Monday, Croatian Prime Minister
Zoran Milanovic said he no longer wanted
to speak to Serbian counterpart Aleksandar
Vucic over the issue, while Vucic said he
would "speak to the devil" to restore
regional stability. Croatia said yesterday
that 78,000 migrants have crossed its bor-
der from Serbia in the past 12 days. (AP)
UNITED NATIONS---US President Barack
Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin
clashed yesterday over their competing
visions for Syria, with Obama urging a polit-
ical transition to replace the Syrian president
but Putin warning it would be a mistake to
abandon the current government.
Obama and Putin's dueling speeches at a
United Nations General Assembly summit
served as a public preview of their private
meeting late yesterday. The sit-down marks
their first face-to-face encounter in nearly a
year and comes amid escalating Russian military
engagement in Syria.
Obama said he was open to working with
Russia, as well as Iran, to bring Syria's civil
war to an end. He called for a "managed tran-
sition" that would result in the ouster of Syrian
President Bashar Assad, whose forces have
clashed with rebels for more than four years,
creating a vacuum for the Islamic State and
other extremist groups.
"We must recognise that there cannot be,
after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a
return to the prewar status quo," Obama said.
Putin, however, urged the world to stick with
Assad, arguing that his military is the only
viable option for defeating the Islamic State.
"We believe it's a huge mistake to refuse to
cooperate with the Syrian authorities, with the
government forces, those who are bravely fight-
ing terror face-to-face," Putin said.
Obama and Putin's disparate views of the
grim situation in Syria left little indication of
how the two countries might work together
to end a conflict that has killed more than
250,000 people and resulted in a flood of
WARSAW---The Polish military yesterday
deployed chemical, radiation and explosives
experts to a site in southwestern Poland where
a Nazi train allegedly missing since World
War II could be located.
Tomasz Smolarz, the governor of Lower Sile-
sia, said the aim of the work in the town of
Walbrzych is to exclude any danger for residents.
He said the experts will continue their technical
checks through Saturday.
During the war, Walbrzych was still part of
Germany. Called Waldenburg, it was in an area
where Adolf Hitler was building a system of
secret underground tunnels. The legend says
the so-called "gold train" entered one of the
tunnels while fleeing the advancing Soviet army
in 1945 and was never seen again.
'do battle' over
Polish army checks
site for Nazi train
riding sea turtle
Serbia and Croatia
over migrant surge
President Maduro, second from left, described the meeting as "tense." David Granger is at right.
Guyana and Venezuela agreed on Sunday
to restore their respective ambassadors
despite a continuing border dispute.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and
his Guyanese counterpart, David Granger,
met in New York ahead of the United Nations
Tensions between the two neighbours rose
this year when Venezuela demanded that
Guyana stop oil exploration in a disputed area.
The dispute goes back to an 1899 ruling,
which Venezuela says is unfair.
It centres on the mineral-rich region west
of the Essequibo river, which accounts for
about 40 per cent of Guyana's territory.
An international tribunal ruled in 1899 that
the area formed part of Guyana, which at the
time was a British colony.
But Venezuela does not accept that ruling
and argues that the area is still in dispute.
In May, US oil giant Exxon Mobil said it
had made "a significant oil discovery" in
waters off the disputed area, after it was
granted a licence by the Guyanese govern-
Venezuela demanded that exploration be
halted and accused Exxon of fomenting strife
between the two South American neigh-
In July, Venezuela recalled its ambassador
and earlier this month stalled its acceptance
of Guyana's nominee for ambassador to Cara-
cas. On Sunday, President Maduro said that
Venezuela would restore its ambassador to
Georgetown "immediately" and accept
He described his meeting with President
Granger as "complex, tense, difficult," but
insisted Venezuela was "not an imperialist
country" and that he wanted to restore
"brotherly relations" with its eastern neigh-
Last week, Granger accused Venezuela of
conducting an "extraordinary escalation of
Venezuelan military activity" near the disputed
placed on the
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