- - Thursday, March 1, 2012


LONDON — A British jury on Thursday found a couple guilty of torturing and murdering a 15-year-old boy whom they accused of witchcraft.

Magalie Bamu, 29, and her partner Eric Bikubi, 28, originally from Congo, were convicted of killing Bamu’s brother Kristy, who drowned in a bathtub on Christmas Day 2010.

Prosecutors at London’s Central Criminal Court said the teenager had 130 injuries inflicted by sticks, a metal bar, a hammer and a chisel. They said he eventually drowned after being forced into a bathtub and doused with cold water.

The boy “had been the victim of a prolonged attack of unspeakable savagery and brutality,” prosecutor Brian Altman told the jury.


President seeks flights to Falkland Islands

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez made a surprise conciliatory gesture Thursday by seeking negotiations with the United Kingdom to establish three weekly flights from Buenos Aires to the Falkland Islands.

No flights currently connect the British-controlled islands with Argentina, which also claims sovereignty over them. Only two weekly flights run by LAN airlines travel from Chile over Argentine airspace to the islands about 300 miles off the Argentine coast.

Ms. Fernandez told her country’s Congress on Thursday that she would like to establish the flights for state-owned Aerolineas Argentinas.

The announcement comes at a moment of tension as the two countries are preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of the war they fought over the islands.

Argentina recently stopped two British-flagged cruise ships from docking in the far southern Argentine city of Ushuia, after the U.K. sent a navy destroyer to the islands.


Sudan’s defense minister sought by court

THE HAGUE — The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Sudan’s defense minister, the third senior regime official sought by the court for alleged involvement in atrocities in Darfur.

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