An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced a U.S. man to 18 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend's mother, whose body was found stuffed into a suitcase on the resort island of Bali. Tommy Schaefer, from the Chicago area, was arrested with his girlfriend, Heather Mack, last August after staff at a luxury hotel discovered the body of Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in an abandoned suitcase in a taxi. Schaefer was charged with premeditated murder after he said in court he had killed Wiese-Mack in self-defense.
The case is one of 25 published in a new book in Peru, "Don't Die for Me", a collection of love letters, emails and text messages from abusive partners to their battered women, accompanied by the story of what happened next. Peru is among the most violent countries in the world for women. A 2005 study by the World Health Organization found that in the country's interior, 61 percent of women had suffered physical violence by a male partner, the highest rate of the 10 countries studied (Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Japan, Namibia, Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, Thailand, and Tanzania were also included). It found 49 percent of women in Peru's interior had suffered "severe physical violence" -- being punched, kicked, dragged, or threatened or attacked with a weapon.
Alabama woman joins Islamic State in Syria: media
(Reuters) - A 20-year-old woman from a Birmingham, Alabama suburb has left the United States to join the Islamic State militant group in Syria, local broadcaster WIAT reported on Monday. The report came as U.S. authorities said they have charged six young Somali-American men from Minnesota with planning to join the fighters who have declared an Islamic Caliphate on land they have seized in Syria and neighboring Iraq. Hoda Muthana made contact with militants through social media and had been distancing herself from other Muslims in Hoover for more a year before leaving, said family spokesman Hassan Shibly according to WIAT. Shibly, who is also an attorney and chief executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida, said the woman's family was devastated and has been working with authorities since she left, WIAT reported.
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