PRETORIA, South Africa -- As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial.
"I shot her. I thought she was a burglar. I shot her," radiologist Johan Stipp, a neighbor, recalled Mr. Pistorius saying. The worried neighbor had entered Mr. Pistorius' home after hearing screams. By that time, the celebrated athlete had carried Reeva Steenkamp's bloodied body downstairs following the fatal nighttime shooting in his bathroom.
Mr. Stipp's account in a Pretoria court was the first detailed, public description of the immediate aftermath of the shooting in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year. Mr. Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder.
A Gadhafi son extradited
TRIPOLI, Libya -- One of Moammar Gadhafi's sons, al-Saadi, was extradited on Thursday to Libya from Niger, where he had taken refuge as his father's regime crumbled in 2011, bringing cheers from Libyans as the government prepares to prosecute him for his alleged role in trying to suppress the uprising against Gadhafi's rule.
Al-Saadi becomes the second son of the ousted and slain leader to be held in custody in Libya. His brother Seif al-Islam was captured in 2011.
Emergency rule ends
TUNIS, Tunisia -- President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia lifted a state of emergency on Thursday that had been in force since the 2011 uprising, in a sign of growing confidence in the country since political accords were reached in December.
The imposition of the state of emergency was one of the last acts of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who ordered it hours before he fled the country on Jan. 14, 2011. The decree gave the army and the police extra powers. .
Rooting for wrong team?
NEW DELHI -- The police in northern India have filed sedition charges against 67 Kashmiri students after some of them cheered for the Pakistani cricket team during a televised match with India on Sunday night.
The charges were filed Tuesday following an official complaint against the students by Manzoor Ahmed, vice chancellor of Swami Vivekanand Subharti University in Meerut.
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