BURLINGTON, N.C.

Lion gets loose, kills

worker at wildlife park

A lion killed a worker at a wildlife conservatory Sunday after it got loose from a locked space, the center said.

The lion was shot and killed after it attacked the worker in an enclosure that was being cleaned at the Conservators Center in Caswell County, the center said in a statement.

A "husbandry team" led by a professionally trained animal keeper was carrying out the routine cleaning when the lion somehow got loose, the center said.

 

MOSCOW

Putin sends Trump

New Year's letter

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told President Donald Trump in a New Year's letter that the Kremlin is "open to dialogue" on the myriad issues hindering relations between their countries.

The Kremlin published a summary of Putin's "greeting message" to Trump on Sunday. The summary states the Russian leader wrote: "Russia-U.S. relations are the most important factor behind ensuring strategic stability and international security."

Trump canceled a formal meeting with Putin scheduled for Dec. 1 at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, tweeting "it would be best for all parties" given Russia's seizure days earlier of three Ukrainian naval vessels.

 

NEW YORK

NYPD drone to oversee

New Year's Eve revelry 

It's an Auld Lang Syne of the times: For the first time, a police drone will be keeping watch over the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square.

The unmanned eye-in-the-sky is the latest wrinkle in the New York City Police Department's ever-evolving plan to keep revelers — and "Rockin' Eve" host Ryan Seacrest — safe.

About 7,000 police officers will be on duty for Monday night's festivities in Times Square, including counterterrorism teams with long guns and bomb-sniffing dogs. Police cars and sand-filled sanitation trucks will be positioned to stop vehicles from driving into the crowd.

 

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 

Opposition calls election

'farcical' amid deaths 

More than a dozen people were killed in election-related violence in Bangladesh on Sunday, as voters gave Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term amid opposition claims that her leadership has become increasingly authoritarian. The ruling alliance won 288 seats, giving it enough to form the government.

The leader of Bangladesh's opposition alliance called Sunday's vote "farcical," saying any outcome would be rejected and demanding that a new election be held under the authority of a "nonpartisan government."

The election campaign was marred by allegations of arrests and jailing of thousands of Hasina's opponents.

 

SEGUIN, TEXAS 

Police arrest armed man

trying to fulfill 'prophecy'

Police in suburban San Antonio say they took into custody an armed man wearing police tactical-style clothing who said he was on his way to a church to fulfill "a prophecy."

Seguin police say a passer-by who saw the man carrying a handgun Sunday morning notified authorities.

An off-duty Seguin officer responded to the call and found the 33-year-old man carrying the loaded handgun, extra ammunition and a face shield.

Police said in a statement that Tony Albert was arrested on a drug charge and also a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

JERUSALEM

Israel protests photo

showing flag underfoot 

Israel said Sunday that it had filed a strong protest to Jordan over a picture of a Jordanian government minister stepping on an image of the Israeli flag.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said its embassy in Amman delivered the protest. It said it took the incident extremely seriously and had also summoned Jordan's acting ambassador to Israel to convey its objection.

A photo published on the Jordanian website Jfranews showed Information Minister Jumana Ghuneimat stepping on a large image of the Israeli flag.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires