Genetic genealogy helps ID victim of Green River Killer

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say genetic genealogy has helped identify the youngest known victim of one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers. The remains of 14-year-old Wendy Stephens were found nearly 37 years ago near a baseball field. Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, has pleaded guilty to murdering 49 women and girls in the 1980s. Four of them were unidentified, including Stephens. Researchers at the DNA Doe Project helped with the identification. The project uses publicly available DNA databases to locate relatives of unknown crime victims. The King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle said Monday that Stephens had run away from her home in Denver in 1983.last_img

Aubameyang still Africa’s top scorer in Europe but Gradel closes in

first_imgRecent Afcon winner Max Gradel is the top scoring African in France after scoring in his last game but it is a Gabonese who leads the charts.The Ivorian winger scored the game’s only goal as Saint-Etienne beat visiting Montpellier 1-0 on Sunday. This is his 12th goal this season and second in as many matches.Max is now the second best African scorer in Europe’s top leagues behind Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang, who has 14 in the league for Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund.Jordan Ayew of Ghana is third with 11 goals in Ligue 1 for Lorient.It ended in a draw between Bordeaux and Metz, and it was decided by two Tunisians. The game on Saturday saw midfielder Ferjani Sassi get a first goal of the season for Metz but with seven minutes left, countryman Wahbi Khazri leveled with what is his ninth goal this season.The improving Cameroon forward Clinton N’Jie scored his third goal in four games as Olympique Lyon won away 4-2. It’s now six goals for him this season. Guinean striker Francois Kamano still just a teenager, is doing well for Bastia for whom he scored twice.The goals were key as they rallied from behind to beat Evian 2-1. The 18-year old now has four goals this season.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Vice President meets Algerian leaders

first_imgFrom Achinta BorahAlgiers, Oct 18 (PTI) Vice President Hamid Ansari today met top Algerian leaders and discussed with them the ways to revamp the bilateral engagements and take the ties to a new level.Ansari, who arrived here from Hungary last night as part of his second leg of two-nation tour, first laid a wreath at the El Alia cemetery, which comprises tombs of numerous Algerian notables and also has the graves of actors, actresses and artists. It also includes the tombs of several scientists, academicians and sport stars.The Vice President met President of Algerian National Peoples Assembly Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa and President of Council of Nations Abdelkader Bensalah and discussed with them various issues concerning both the countries.The thrust of the conversations with both the leaders was on how to revamp the bilateral engagements and take it to a new level and rejuvenation the ties, officials said.During his meetings with Khelifa and Bensalah, Ansari discussed how to further strengthen ties between India and Algeria and facilitate more people-to-people contacts.The Vice Presidents visit to the North African country came after more than two decades of “cooling off” period in bilateral relations.Earlier, Ansari said that due to some difference of opinion on some third country, there was a “cooling off” period in relations but that period is over now. “They (Algeria) want cooperation and we want cooperation. Both sides want the relations to be strengthened,” he had said.Algerias President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2001.advertisementAnsari will interact with Bouteflika, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and other top leaders tomorrow and discuss various issues like anti-terror cooperation and a host of other bilateral issues.”There will be meetings of minds to fight terrorism with all his interlocutors and counterparts,” Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Sujata Mehta said.The Vice President today visited Ketchaoua mosque, a UNESCO world heritage site located at the foot of the Casbah, which was built during the Ottoman rule in the 17th century.Ansari also visited Wilaya Tipaza, which is located along the Mediterranean sea, 68 km west of the capital Algiers.Tipaza, with sandy beach and important archaeological parks tracing the areas Phoenician, Roman, Paleochristian and Byzantine history. Dating from the 6th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D, the well-preserved ruins sprawl over hills and encompass temples, churches, an amphitheater and a large necropolis.Algeria has extensive deposit of phosphate and India wants to explore whether joint venture industries could be set up in Algeria with Algerian phosphate and gas and Indian funds and technology so that fertilizers could be brought to India from Algeria instead to raw materials.Bilateral trade between India and Algeria stood at 1.5 billion per annum, majority of which are related to importing oil and oil products to India. PTI ACB ZHlast_img read more