KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

U.S. revises death toll

from Taliban bombing 

U.S. forces in Afghanistan revised on Tuesday the death toll from a Taliban attack the previous day near the main American base in the country, saying three service members were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported among the fatalities.

The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission issued a statement "to clarify initial reporting" about Monday's roadside bombing of an American convoy near the main U.S. base. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to a U.S. official, all three service members killed were Marines.

 

NEW YORK

Emergency declared

after measles outbreak

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order amid what he said was a measles crisis in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people have gotten measles since September. Officials blamed the outbreak on "anti-vaxxers" spreading false information.

 

WASHINGTON

Hearing on online hate

gets racist comments

A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments from internet users.

YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30 minutes into the hearing because of what it called "hateful comments."

The incident came as executives from Google and Facebook appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the companies' role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S.

 

BRUSSELS

France willing to accept

another Brexit delay 

Tough-guy France softened its stance Tuesday and showed willingness to accept yet another delay in the long-awaited Brexit, diminishing the chances that Britain would crash out of the European Union this week without any future plan.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May still has a rough day ahead of her as she heads to an emergency summit in Brussels on Wednesday to plead for a new Brexit extension — for the second time in three weeks.

 

ST. LOUIS

Accused killer hangs

himself inside jail cell

A Mexican citizen accused of killing four people in Kansas and one in Missouri in 2016 hanged himself from a light fixture in his St. Louis jail cell.

Pablo Serrano-Vitorino was found alone in his cell at 2:02 a.m. Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later, said Koran Addo, spokesman for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.

 

NEW DELHI

Bishop charged with

repeatedly raping nun

Indian authorities charged a Roman Catholic bishop on Tuesday with repeatedly raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that helped make the sexual abuse of nuns a major issue in the church.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal was charged with rape, illegal confinement and intimidation, said Hari Sankar, a district police chief in the southern state of Kerala, India's Catholic heartland.

The nun who made the accusations, who has not been publicly identified, said she went to police last year only after complaining repeatedly to church authorities.

Eventually, a group of fellow nuns launched unprecedented public protests to demand Mulakkal's arrest.

 

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

'Porgy and Bess' cast

causes racial dispute   

The Hungarian State Opera has asked the Hungarian cast members in its production of "Porgy and Bess" to self-identify as African-American.

The State Opera's casting of the seminal folk opera set in the American south ran into trouble with George and Ira Gershwin's estates. The brothers and collaborator DuBose Heyward created "Porgy and Bess" for black performers, and the Gershwin estates say only black performers may appear in it now.

Asking cast members to identify as African-American appears to be the opera's way around the dispute.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires