World newsbits for January 5, 2014
Charlotte, North Carolina (AP) — A former Lutheran minister from North Carolina says he suffered from sex addiction when he molested young girls during a 2009 mission trip to Haiti. The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that Larry Michael Bollinger recounted in US District Court his years of frequenting adult book stores and prostitutes during his 33 years as a minister at various churches. Federal prosecutors accused Bollinger of traveling to Haiti for illicit sexual conduct with two minor girls, one 11 and the other 12. He pleaded guilty last year.
BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb or mine exploded in a western German town on Friday, killing the driver of a bulldozer and wounding 13 other people, police said. The explosion happened in an industrial area of Euskirchen, near Bonn, at a property used by a construction firm to sort and dispose of rubble. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the explosives had long been buried in the ground or had inadvertently been brought to the site in a delivery of demolition waste. The bulldozer driver was fatally injured after his vehicle hit the device and two people who were close by suffered serious injuries.
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Five gunmen and four inmates are dead in southern Mexico after an attack on a prison. Prosecutors in the southern state of Guerrero said a group of six gunmen managed to enter the facility and opened fire, killing four inmates. They then opened fire on guards who returned fire, killing five gunmen and wounding the other. One guard was wounded. The gunmen apparently gained entry to the prison by telling a guard at the gate that they were officials bringing in a prisoner.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Passengers are sweltering without air conditioning in parts of Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim international airport with temperatures outside hovering around 40C (104F). A spokeswoman for Infraero, which oversees Brazil’s airport infrastructure, acknowledged Friday that the air conditioning was off in a part of the facility because of on-going construction at Rio’s largest airport. She says it will remain off until February, the height of South America’s summer. Brazil’s shoddy airports are a major worry heading into the World Cup in five months with many overhauls delayed or scrapped.
TORONTO (AP) — United State Sen. Ted Cruz vowed months ago to renounce his Canadian citizenship by the end of 2013, but the Calgary-born Republican is still a dual citizen. Cruz, 43, recently said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News that lawyers are preparing the paperwork to renounce citizenship, just as he said in August. Richard Kurland, a Vancouver-based immigration attorney, wonders what’s taking so long. Kurland said Friday that unless there’s a security or mental health issue that hasn’t been disclosed, renouncing citizenship is a simple, quick process.
“If he’s attempting to bring our system into disrepute by suggesting it’s lengthy and complex, it’s just not true. Revocation is one of the fastest processes in our system,’’ said Kurland.