Re­searcher drowns


A renowned HIV/AIDS re­searcher from Montreal has died in Florida.

Po­lice in Bal Har­bour, Fla., say Mark Wain­berg drowned Tues­day while swim­ming with his son. Act­ing Capt. Miguel De La Rosa says Wain­berg’s son was able to pull his fa­ther back to shore.

He says Wain­berg, who was in his early 70s, was pro­nounced dead in hospi­tal. De La Rosa says there were red flags posted at the beach. Philip­pine troops bat­tling mil­i­tants in a cen­tral prov­ince have killed a key Abu Sayyaf com­man­der who had been blamed for the be­head­ings of two Cana­dian hostages in 2016.

The Philip­pines mil­i­tary chief of staff Gen. Ed­uardo Ano told The As­so­ci­ated Press that troops have re­cov­ered and iden­ti­fied the re­mains of Moam­mar Askali, who used the nom de guerre Abu Rami, in the scene of the bat­tle in a far-flung coastal vil­lage on Bo­hol is­land.

Five other Abu Sayyaf gun­men were killed in the fight­ing on Tues­day, along with four sol­diers and po­lice­men.

Askali was blamed for the kid­nap­pings of John Rids­del and Robert Hall in Septem­ber 2015. The Cana­di­ans had been taken from a marina by Abu Sayyaf gun­men along with a Nor­we­gian man, Kjar­tan Sekkingstad, and Hall’s Filipino girl­friend, Marites Flor.

The mil­i­tant group de­manded a ran­som, which Canada re­fused to pay, and both Cana­dian men were be­headed.

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