Six-year-old boy shot to death by brother
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — Police in Pennsylvania say a 6-yearold boy has been shot to death by his 10-year-old brother while the two were home alone. Allegheny County say officers and paramedics arrived at the mobile home in West Mifflin, near Pittsburgh, at about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday to find the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to a hospital, where he died from the injury. Investigators determined the boy’s 10-year-old brother fired the gun in the mother’s bedroom. Superintendent Coleman McDonough says the boys’ mother was at work when the shooting happened. He says the 10-year-old first called his mom and then called 911 at her urging. The investigation is ongoing, and McDonough says there’s ``no excuse for a weapon to get in the hands of a child.’’
U.S. expels two Cuban diplomats after incidents in Cuba
WASHINGTON — The State Department has expelled two diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington following a series of unexplained incidents in Cuba that left U.S. officials there with physical symptoms that one official said includes potentially permanent hearing loss. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the two Cubans were asked to leave the U.S. on May 23 after Americans in Cuba ``reported incidents which have caused a variety of physical symptoms,’’ causing them to leave the island.
Nauert said the first of the incidents was reported in late 2016 and that they had continued. She would not say what the symptoms were except that they were not life-threatening. Nauert also declined to provide details about the incidents. The FBI and Diplomatic Security Service are investigating.
However, other U.S. officials said that the symptoms included hearing loss.
Deposed Pakistani PM begins two days of rallies
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Pakistan’s deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif kicked off two days of rallies on Wednesday aimed at demonstrating his political strength by making stops from the capital, Islamabad, to his hometown of Lahore, ignoring security threats and drawing thousands of supporters.
Sharif planned to spend at least two nights along the Grand Trunk Road, the main road from Islamabad to Lahore, in his first public appearances since July 28, when the country’s Supreme Court disqualified him from office for concealing assets.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who replaced Sharif a few days later, hugged the three-time premier as he boarded a vehicle along with his supporters. Abbasi is a lawmaker from Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League party. Sharif’s supporters showered rose petals on his vehicle and waved national and party flags, chanting: ``My Lion, your lion, Nawaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif’’ — the lion was Sharif’s election symbol when he won the 2013 vote.