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CANADA

Body parts suspect believed to be overseas

OTTAWA — A Canadian porn actor suspected of mailing body parts from a dismembered corpse to the Conservative and Liberal party headquarters after making a video of the killing might have fled North America, police said Thursday.

Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere said authorities believe Luka Rocco Magnotta fled based on evidence they found at his apartment, and based on a blog Mr. Magnotta once wrote about how to disappear.

The 29-year-old Mr. Magnotta has been added to Interpol’s “wanted persons” list.

“We believe he may be in a foreign country,” Cmdr. Lafreniere told the Associated Press. “He left a letter on a website mentioning how to disappear for good, and secondly, our investigation brought us some details that let us think that he could be away from the country.”

Cmdr. Lafreniere said they have an idea where he might have fled but declined to say where.

NIGERIA

Official: German hostage killed in north Nigeria

KANO — A German engineer kidnapped in northern Nigeria about five months ago and presumed held by al Qaeda-aligned terrorists has been killed during a failed rescue attempt, officials said Thursday.

Meanwhile, authorities said Wednesday that an Italian national had been abducted Monday in Kwara state, one of an increasing number of abductions targeting expatriates working in Nigeria’s Muslim northern and central regions.

Kano state police Commissioner Philemon Ibrahim Leha said the operation to free Edgar Fritz Raupach happened in the early hours of Thursday in the state capital of Kano, but he did not immediately provide further details.

A military official told the Associated Press that five people, including a woman, were killed in the operation to free Mr. Raupach. It was unclear whether he was killed before or during the rescue operation.

COLOMBIA

Reporter criticizes rebels for release as propaganda

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