MEXICO

Truth commission to look

at missing students case

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday his administration will accept a truth commission to investigate the case of 43 teachers-college students missing since Sept. 26, 2014.

Wednesday marked the fourth anniversary of the students’ abduction by corrupt police in the southern city of Iguala. Prosecutors say the police turned the students over to a drug gang, which allegedly killed them and incinerated their bodies. But apart from charred bone fragments matched to one student, their bodies have never been found.

Parents of the 43 missing youths met with Lopez Obrador, and in a tear-filled news conference afterward said they had hope for the first time in four years.

 

GERMANY

Member of Pussy Riot

is discharged from hospital

A Berlin hospital on Wednesday discharged a member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot after he made significant progress in his recovery from a suspected poisoning.

The Charite hospital said Pyotr Verzilov is no longer showing the symptoms of disorientation that he had when he arrived in mid-September after his initial treatment in Moscow. It said there’s still an issue with the reaction of his pupils, but doctors are confident that will disappear.

Verzilov and other members of Pussy Riot served 15-day jail sentences for disrupting the World Cup final in Moscow in July to protest Russian police brutality.

 

BRITAIN

Officials watch whale,

hope it leaves river soon

British officials say the beluga whale spotted in the River Thames seems to be feeding properly and swimming strongly.

The animal welfare group RSPCA said Wednesday the whale is “able to move fast in the water and dive.” Officials hope it will return to the open sea.

The beluga whale attracted attention Tuesday when it surfaced in the River Thames. The unusual sighting happened in the Gravesend area, 30 miles east of London.

Belugas are typically found farther north in frigid Arctic waters.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires