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Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:00 am


Man freed by Taliban facing 15 charges

News services

OTTAWA – Joshua Boyle, the Canadian man who was freed after five years in Taliban captivity in October, has been arrested and charged with 15 criminal offenses, including sexual assault, uttering death threats and misleading police.

According to multiple Canadian media outlets, the 34-year-old first appeared in court Monday in Ottawa and will remain in custody at least until a hearing today.

All the offenses are alleged to have taken place in Ottawa between Oct. 14, shortly after the family's arrival back in Canada, and Dec. 30.

A court order prevents publication of any information that would identify any victims or witnesses. Among the charges is causing an unidentified person to ingest “a noxious thing, namely Trazodone,” an antidepressant drug.

Bus crash in Peru leaves 48 dead

At least 48 people died when a bus tumbled down a cliff onto a rocky beach Tuesday along a narrow stretch of highway known as the “Devil's Curve,” Peruvian police and fire officials said.

The bus carrying 57 people was headed to Peru's capital when it was struck by a tractor trailer shortly before noon and plunged down the slope, said Claudia Espinoza with Peru's voluntary firefighter brigade.

The blue bus came to rest upside down on a strip of shore next to the Pacific, the lifeless bodies of passengers strewn among the rocks.

Transportation Minister Bruno Giuffra said initial reports indicated both vehicles involved were traveling at a high rate of speed.

7 civilians die in Syrian airstrikes

Intensified airstrikes on the rebel-held province of Idlib in northwest Syria have killed at least seven civilians and partially destroyed a museum, a monitor said late Tuesday.

Five children were among those killed in the airstrikes on the town of Khan Subul in the center of Idlib province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The strikes also destroyed 40 percent of the Khan Murad Pasha Museum in the Idlib city of Maaret al-Nouman, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the observatory, told dpa.

He said that in 2011 and 2012, the museum was made into a headquarters for regime forces who stole the artifacts inside it. Later, it fell into the hands of the rebels who took control of the province.

Idlib is the only Syrian province still run by rebel forces.

Prison riot leaves 9 dead in Brazil

Police say 99 inmates are at large following a prison riot that left nine dead and 14 injured in central Brazil.

The two-hour uprising occurred Monday at the Colonia Agroindustrial prison in the Aparecida de Goiania Complex in the state of Goias.

The state's Public Safety and Prison Affairs Department said Tuesday the riot broke out when inmates from one cellblock invaded three others where prisoners from rival gangs are housed.

The attackers set mattresses on fire when they entered the neighboring corridors and burned the dead bodies.