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U.S. couple found guilty of 'sadistic' Bali suitcase murder

American Tommy Schaefer cries inside a Denpasar court on the Indonesian resort island of BaliBy Trisha Sertori DENPASAR (Reuters) - An Indonesian court found a young U.S. couple guilty on Tuesday of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her battered body into a suitcase on the resort island of Bali. Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer, both from the Chicago area, were arrested 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. The pair were tried separately in Denpasar District Court and it was not immediately clear if they would appeal.


Love letters from abusive partners document crisis in Peru

A woman looks at the book “"No te mueras por mi" (Don't Die for Me), a collection of love letters, emails and text messages from abusive partners to their battered womenThe 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.


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Synchronizing welfare, delinquency systems shows promise
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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