Man charged in
A 25-year-old Chinese immigrant accused of butchering his cousin’s wife and children with a knife and found dripping in blood amid the carnage, authorities said, was charged Monday with murder.
“I know I am done,” Mingdong Chen said to relatives who discovered him, according to a criminal complaint.
Chen appeared briefly in Brooklyn Criminal Court in oversized blue sweats, his hair disheveled. He was also charged with assaulting a police officer while being questioned at a precinct after the grisly killings Saturday evening.
Chen was held without bail. His next court date was set for Friday, where a grand jury was expected to determine whether to indict him in the deaths of 37-year-old Qiao Zhen Li and her children, Linda, 9, Amy, 7, Kevin, 5, and 18-month-old William, all with the last name Zhuo.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands
2 Syria chem sites
can’t be accessed
The global chemical weapons watchdog says its inspectors in Syria have not been able to reach two sites because of security concerns, meaning that one of the first in a series of tight deadlines on the path toward destroying the country’s poison gas stockpile by mid-2014 has been missed.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Monday that as of Sunday its inspectors in Syria have checked 21 out of 23 sites declared by Damascus to be part of its poison gas and nerve agent program.
The mission update didn’t say who was responsible for the security problem, but that negotiations “to ensure the conditions necessary for safe access” to the two remaining sites will continue.
Officials have said cease-fires may be needed to reach some sites.
A powerful Atlantic storm packing hurricane-force winds claimed several lives in northern Europe on Monday and caused widespread power and public transport disruptions.
The storm devastated parts of Britain, where officials reported gusts of up to 105 miles per hour. Fallen trees caused hundreds of thousands of power outages and blocked roads and railways.
Some 130 flights were cancelled at London’s Heathrow airport, Europe’s busiest.
Electricity workers were racing to reconnect tens of thousands of households in northern France, while Swedish authorities warned of blackouts.
The storm snarled planes, trains and ferries.
U.S. strike kills
2 in Somalia
A United States military strike hit a vehicle carrying senior members of an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia on Monday, killing at least two people including the group’s top explosives expert, a militant and a government intelligence official said.
A senior United States military official says there was a U.S. counterterrorism strike against a terrorist target in Somalia Monday but would give no further details. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no authorization to discuss the strike publicly.
An al-Shabab member who gave his name as Abu Mohamed said one of those killed was al-Shabab’s top explosives expert, known as Anta. He said a drone fired at the car in Somalia’s Middle Juba region. It was not clear how Mohamed would know it was a drone strike, except that he said no attack helicopters were seen.