Troops gain back territory
Ukrainian government troops retook control of almost two-thirds of districts in the country’s battle-torn east and separatist activity dropped after President Petro Poroshenko ended a 10-day unilateral cease-fire. “Militant activity has decreased significantly,” National Security Council chief Andriy Parubiy said in the capital, Kiev. The insurgents “have taken severe losses that already count in the hundreds.” As government forces are beginning to dislodge rebels from a swath of territory in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Russia is sending weapons across the frontier and allowing militants to attack border checkpoints from its territory, senior Ukrainian security officials said. Russia rejects the “tired and unsubstantiated” accusations that it’s arming insurgents, according to the Foreign Ministry in Moscow.
Children age 10 may work
Bolivia’s Congress has passed legislation to allow children as young as age 10 to work as long as it does not interfere with their education and is done independently to help the child’s family make ends meet. The legislation otherwise lowers the legal working age to 12. A regional official with the U.N. International Labor Organization, Carmen Moreno, said the legislation would make Bolivia the first country to make work by 10-year-olds legal. Moreno called the legislation worrisome considering that Bolivia agreed to a U.N. convention that sets 14 as the minimum age for child labor.
Sentence for phone hacking
Andy Coulson, a former top aide to Prime Minister David Cameron, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for presiding over phone hacking on a massive scale when he was editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid newspaper. Coulson, 46, was the only one of seven defendants to be convicted last week after one of the longest and most expensive trials in British history. Celebrity witnesses such as actor Jude Law gave a peek into the relationships among the press, politicians and police. Three other former journalists and a private investigator, who separately had pleaded guilty to accessing messages left on cellphones, were also sentenced.
3 miners are rescued
Three miners were rescued after spending more than two days trapped in the collapse of a small, wildcat gold mine in southern Honduras. Eight others remain missing. The country’s emergency commission said the rescued miners are in “relatively good health, though they are exhausted and showing signs of severe dehydration.”
Compiled from wire reports.