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Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

World
Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato on Thursday said he attacked and tried to rape a 20-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa prefecture but did not intend to kill her.He made the admission on the first day of his murder and rape trial in Naha District Court.Shinzato said he planned to knock out Rina Shimabukuro, 20, on April 28, 2016, with a stick and then rape her after he saw her walking in Uruma. He said he panicked when she didn't completely lose consciousness so he took her to a nearby grass field. She was found strangled and stabbed several times, prosecutors said.Prosecutors said Shimabukuro's death was premeditated, though, because Shinzato took with him a large suitcase to dispose of her body. After her death, he allegedly put her in the suitcase, took it t...
Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

World
The head of the African Union has said the takeover of Zimbabwe by the country's military "seems like a coup".The army chiefs who seized the capital, including the presidential palace and the state broadcaster early on Wednesday, claimed they had not carried out a coup.President Robert Mugabe is believed to be under house arrest despite an army claim that he was "safe".The Zimbabwean army said it took Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace into custody but there are unconfirmed and disputed reports that the first lady has fled the country and may be in Namibia.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for calm, non-violence and restraint after gunfire and explosions were heard near Mr Mugabe's compound.Armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and th...
Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

Health
Body dissatisfaction can start as young as six and lead to depression, anxiety and eating issues, MPs will be told.The Youth Select Committee urged the government to recognise the seriousness of body image fears, before young people suffered a long-term impact.It is launching its report into the issue, A Body Confident Future, as part of the annual Parliament Week.One expert said it was now normal for young people "to be unhappy with the way their bodies look".Dr Phillippa Diedrichs, associate professor at the Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England, added that body dissatisfaction was the biggest known risk factor for eating disorders such as bulimia. "It is a really important mental health issue, and I don't think it is taken seriously enough," she said.There ar...
Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Science
A new environment watchdog to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air once Britain leaves the European Union is being planned by the government.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the body would hold the powerful to account and deliver a green Brexit.The plans come amid concerns that environmental regulations enshrined in EU law could be lost after Brexit.Mr Gove told the Andrew Marr Show standards would not be sacrificed as part of a potential US free trade deal.Wildlife prioritisedMr Gove wants the watchdog to be independent of government - able to speak its mind freely, he said, with clear legal authority.Writing in The Telegraph, he said the watchdog would have "real bite" but did not outline exact planned powers.He said it was important that environmental enforcement and policym...
The bull market is in the 'bottom of the ninth inning,' says a strategist who called the rally

The bull market is in the 'bottom of the ninth inning,' says a strategist who called the rally

Finance
A Wall Street portfolio strategist who urged investors to believe the rally is now predicting the bull market's eventual demise — and it has nothing to do with Washington politics.Joe Zidle, of Richard Bernstein Advisors, is arguing that the bull market has entered the bottom of the ninth inning."This is a late-cycle environment," Zidle said on CNBC's "Futures Now" recently."In innings terms, they're not time dependent. An inning could be shorter or they could be longer. It just really depends," the strategist said. However, that doesn't necessarily mean investors should consider taking cover quite yet."Being in the ninth inning doesn't mean that we're in immediate risk of seeing this bull market rollover or end. We think it could go on still for quite some time just based on the fundament