Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

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Pistorius convicted on charge of culpable homicide

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who was cleared of murder in the killing of his girlfriend, was convicted Friday in Pretoria on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted the athlete's defense that he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius could face significant prison time or none at all depending on how reckless he was in the judge's view. A sentencing hearing is scheduled Oct. 13, when the defense and prosecution will make submissions to the court.

Under South African law, culpable homicide is the illegal killing of someone through irresponsible behavior. The charge is comparable to reckless homicide or manslaughter.

Pistorius, a double amputee, won fame and adulation for running in the 2012 Olympic Games in London on prosthetic legs.

His acquittal on the murder charges raises the possibility that he might resume a sporting career.

Tumor forces Ford out of Toronto re-election bid * Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, dramatically ending a campaign he had doggedly pursued despite a stint in rehab and calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals. But he announced that his brother would run in his place, saying "we cannot go backwards."

Analysts say the decision is unlikely to change the outcome of the election, which Ford had been expected to lose after a string of revelations involving crack-smoking, public drunkenness and outrageous behavior.

But Toronto won't see the last of Ford anytime soon. He said he had opted to seek a City Council seat representing a district in his home suburb of Etobicoke.

Cuban health workers join Ebola fight * Cuba's health ministry said Friday that it was sending more than 160 health workers to help stop the raging Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, providing a much- needed injection of medical expertise in a country where health workers are in short supply. …

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