SENEGAL

Chad’s ex-dictator sentenced

Former Chad dictator Hissene Habre, 73, was found guilty Monday of crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and sex crimes during his rule and he was sentenced to life in prison, ending a trial more than 15 years in the making. Victims, former prisoners and their relatives broke out into whoops of joy, hugs and tears when the ruling was announced by the three-judge panel in the special court in Senegal. A defiant Habre raised his fist and shouted to his supporters: “Long live independent Africa! Down with France-Africa!” He was convicted of being responsible for thousands of deaths and torture in prisons while in power from 1982 to 1990.

JAPAN

Boy disappears in forest

A 7-year-old boy is missing in a forest in northern Japan after his parents made him get out of their car as punishment for misbehaving. About 150 rescue workers searched Monday in a wooded area on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands. The boy has been missing since late Saturday afternoon. Hokkaido police said the parents initially told authorities that their son had disappeared while they were picking wild vegetables, but then admitted they made him get out of the car and then left him behind “as discipline.” Police said the father returned to the site a few minutes later, but the boy was gone.

ITALY

Woman is burned to death

A Rome university student was burned alive by her ex-boyfriend after she left him, authorities said Monday — a slaying one investigator called the most atrocious crime he has seen in his career. Sara Di Pietrantonio, 22, died before dawn Sunday after Vincenzo Paduano, 27, set her car afire, prosecutor Maria Monteleone told reporters. He then chased her after she ran out of the car, setting her ablaze when he caught up with her, authorities said. Investigators said her attacker used a cigarette lighter to set Di Pietrantonio’s face on fire after dousing her with alcohol. Paduano was being held for investigation of premeditated murder, Monteleone said.

SYRIA

Airstrikes pummel city

A wave of airstrikes on a rebel-held stronghold in northwest Syria on Monday night caused mass casualties and sparked fresh clashes. The flare up in violence came a day after the opposition’s chief negotiator resigned in frustration over the stalled Geneva peace talks with the government of Bashar Assad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group counted 10 airstrikes on the city of Idlib in the evening, which it said killed at least 14 civilians, including three children. The group said it believed Russian jets were responsible.

Compiled from wire reports