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US Marine Andrew Tahmooressi freed from Mexico jail

A former US Marine, who had been held in Mexican jail for months after arriving at the border from California with guns in his vehicle, has been freed on psychological grounds, a Mexican court said.

Andrew Tahmooressi is escorted to a federal court in Tijuana in August. Credit: Reuters

Andrew Tahmooressi, a 26-year-old American veteran of the war in Afghanistan, had been held in Mexico since arrest on 31st March.

After agents discovered three guns in his pick-up truck, he was charged with weapons offenses and put in prison. But he was freed on Friday by a federal judge in Tijuana so he could be properly treated for the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) he developed after his military service.

Tahmooressi's case drew considerable attention, with US lawmakers taking the unusual step of scheduling a House of Representatives hearing during a congressional recess in the hope of putting pressure on Mexico and on President Barack Obama's administration to intervene more urgently in the case.


Movement restrictions removed from US 'Ebola nurse'

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The US nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone can move about as she pleases after a judge eased state-imposed restrictions on her.

Judge Charles C LaVerdiere ruled yesterday that Kaci Hickox must continue daily monitoring of her health but said there is no need to isolate her or restrict her movements because she has no symptoms and is therefore not contagious.

The judge also decried the "misconceptions, misinformation, bad science and bad information" circulating about the lethal disease in the US.

Firefighters strike in pensions row

File photo: Firefighters on strike in 2010 Credit: PA Archive

Firefighters in England have walked out on strike for the weekend as their bitter row with the government over pay continues, ahead of several fireworks displays across the country.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in England left their stations at 6pm yesterday and will not return until 6pm on Tuesday, the evening before Bonfire Night.

Picket lines were mounted outside fire stations, and will continue throughout the next few days.

Fire brigades again launched contingency plans, including hiring contract staff to cover for striking firefighters, but the public were warned to be extra vigilant, especially if they attend a firework event.

The Government has been accused of showing "contempt" for public sector workers amid continued deadlock in the long-running dispute in England.

Richard Branson: 'Space is hard, but worth it'

Sir Richard Branson has said he will persevere with his plans for a pioneering space tourism venture following the death of a test pilot killed when a rocket crashed during a test flight in California's Mohave desert yesterday.

'Matching sombreros' for Charles and Camilla

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall don sombreros during a visit to the Museo del Oro Credit: PA Wire

Colombian dignitaries gave the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall some much-needed protection from the blazing sun - his and hers matching sombreros.

Charles and Camilla tried on their gifts and posed for a picture as they toured an exhibition showcasing traditional crafts from across the Latin American country.

The black and white hats, made from woven palm leaves, are called Vueltiao and are worn by peasants and cattle ranchers from the coast.

Charles and Camilla were visiting a gold museum showcasing fabulous treasures from the Latin American nation's early history.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a nine-day visit to Colombia and Mexico.


Burkina Faso: Second army officer claims leadership

An anti-government protester films events with his cell phone outside the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014. Credit: Reuters

A second high-ranking army officer in Burkina Faso has announced he his taking charge as head of state, apparently in direct challenge to top military chief General Honore Traore who had already proclaimed himself temporary leader.

According to Reuters, Former presidential guard commander Lieutenant Colonel Issaac Zida has dictated his own set of emergency measures and put his own soliders on the streets.

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday amid mass street protests at his attempts to extend his 27-year rule, plunging the West African nation into the chaotic situation that now exits in the country.

Richard Branson: 'We are all deeply saddened' by crash

A piece of debris is seen near the scene of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California. Credit: Reuters

Virgin Galactic's Sir Richard Branson has written a brief blog post on his way to the SpaceShipTwo crash site, expressing his sadness at the events that unfolded today in the Mohave desert.

Everyone at Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company and Scaled Composites is deeply saddened by today’s events.

All our thoughts are with the families of everyone affected by this tragic event, and we are doing everything we can to support them.

We will cooperate fully with all the authorities involved in the investigation, and share more information when possible.

For now, I want to reiterate our thanks to everyone from within the space community and beyond who has sent their overwhelming messages of love and support.

– Sir Richard Branson
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