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Nigeria police arrest protest leader for abducted girls

Nigerian authorities have arrested a leader of a protest last week in the capital Abuja that called on them to do more to find more than 200 girls abducted by Islamist rebels, a presidency source and another organizer of the protest said on Monday. Boko Haram insurgents, who want to carve an Islamic state out of Nigeria, stormed a secondary school in the village of Chibok, northeast Nigeria, on April 14. The police spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrest, but the presidency source said Naomi Mutah Nyadar had been detained for allegedly and falsely claiming to be the mother of one of the missing girls. Nyadar was picked up late on Sunday after a meeting she and other campaigners had held with President Goodluck Jonathan's wife, Patience, concerning the girls.

At least 3 critically injured in circus accident

Authorities are trying to determine what caused a support frame to collapse during an aerial hair-hanging stunt during a circus performance, sending eight acrobats crashing to the ground and onto a dancer below. At least three remained in critical condition Monday morning, hospital officials said.

Fighting breaks out in insurgent-held Ukraine city

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops fought pitched gunbattles Monday with a pro-Russia militia occupying an eastern city — an apparent escalation of their efforts to bring the region back under government control.

UN: Spread of polio now an world health emergency

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says the spread of polio is an international public health emergency that threatens to infect other countries with the crippling disease.

Gary Becker, economics Nobel Laureate, dies at 83

Gary Becker, a University of Chicago professor who received the Nobel Prize in economic sciences and is credited with pioneering the approach to economics as the study of human behavior, died Saturday ...

Neighbor: Pistorius 'torn apart' after shooting

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A neighbor and friend of Oscar Pistorius testified Monday that the double-amputee athlete was "torn apart" and desperately trying to save Reeva Steenkamp minutes after fatally shooting her at his home last year.

Belfast experts: Adams unlikely to face IRA charge

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — A police evidence file documenting Gerry Adams' Irish Republican Army career has been delivered to British state prosecutors in Belfast, but experts say the chances of the Sinn Fein leader being charged are slim on both legal and political grounds.

Ukraine moving special forces to control Odessa

By Oleksander Miliukov ODESSA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine's Interior Minister said on Monday he had drafted a new special forces unit into the southern port city of Odessa after the "outrageous" failure of police to tackle pro-Russian separatists in a weekend of violence that killed dozens. The violence in Odessa, a southwestern port with a broad ethnic mix from Russians and Ukrainians to Georgians and Tatars, is seen as something as a turning point in Kiev; Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said the new Odessa force was based on "civil activists who wanted to help the Black Sea city "in these difficult days". The Odessa violence was the deadliest since Moscow-oriented president Viktor Yanukovich fled to Russia in February and pro-Russian militants launched uprisings in the industrial east.

Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Becky Domokos-Bays of Alexandria City Public Schools has served her students whole-grain pasta 20 times. Each time, she said, they rejected it.

Vatican poised for 2nd grilling this year on abuse

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican is bracing for its second grilling at the United Nations this year over the global priest sex abuse scandal, this time from the standpoint of torture and inhuman treatment.

Acrobats injured in fall as circus stunt goes awry

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what caused a support frame to collapse during an aerial hair-hanging stunt during a circus performance, sending eight acrobats crashing to the ground.

Malaysian plane's likely flight path gets 2nd look

SYDNEY (AP) — An international panel of experts will re-examine all data gathered in the nearly two-month hunt for the missing Malaysia jet to ensure search crews who have been scouring a desolate patch of ocean for the plane have been looking in the right place, officials said Monday.

Biplane crashes at Northern California air show

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A 77-year-old pilot was killed when his vintage biplane crashed on a runway Sunday while he was performing an upside down stunt at a Northern California air show.

Pistorius defense enters critical phase at trial

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' murder trial enters a critical phase Monday as his defense team attempts to recover from a faltering start and reinforce the disabled athlete's claim that he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake because he was overwhelmed by a long-held fear of violent crime.

Outgoing leader's rival wins Panama's presidency

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanians delivered a rebuke to President Ricardo Martinelli's attempt to extend his grip on power, electing as his successor a former ally turned rival in one of the toughest-fought contests since democracy was restored two decades ago.