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DNA test harsh step for families of missing ferry victims

Providing a DNA sample marked an emotional watershed for Han Mi-Ok -- a heart-wrenching acceptance that she was unlikely to ever see her child alive again. Her son Song Kang-Hyun was one of 325 high school on board the ferry Sewol when it capsized and sank more than three days ago en route to the southern resort island of Jeju. While some were rescued, hundreds remained unaccounted for and, for parents like Han, it was becoming harder to keep any sort of grip on the slim hope that they were alive in an air pocket somewhere in the submerged vessel.

DNA sweep of French school completed

Police on Thursday completed an unprecedented collection of DNA samples from hundreds of male students and staff at a French school where a girl was raped last year. The one student who had refused to take part "for philosophical reasons," relented on Thursday after being warned by the prosecutor leading the investigation that he would be putting himself in a difficult position if he maintained his stance.

Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

Male students and staff at a French school on Monday began providing police with DNA samples in an unprecedented operation aimed at discovering who raped a 16-year-old female pupil on the premises. The procedure has raised concerns over rights violations after the prosecutor handling the case said anyone refusing to submit a sample would be considered a potential suspect.

Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

More than 500 male students and staff were to give DNA samples in an unprecedented operation launched Monday to uncover who raped a 16-year-old girl in the toilets of a French school. The operation, a first for a French school, has raised concerns over rights violations after prosecutors said anyone refusing to submit a sample would be considered a potential suspect. The collection of samples began as students arrived for morning classes at the Fenelon-Notre Dame high school, a private Catholic school in the southwestern Atlantic port city of La Rochelle.

Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

More than 500 male students and staff were to give DNA samples in an unprecedented operation launched Monday to uncover who raped a 16-year-old girl in the toilets of a French school. The operation, a first for a French school, has raised concerns over rights violations after prosecutors said anyone refusing to submit a sample would be considered a potential suspect. The collection of samples began as students arrived for morning classes at the Fenelon-Notre Dame high school, a private Catholic school in the southwestern Atlantic port city of La Rochelle.

Court decides not to reopen 1992 double murder case of hanged inmate

A court decided Monday not to reopen a 1992 murder case in which a death-row inmate was executed six years ago for kidnapping and killing two girls in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, dismissing new evidence put forward by his lawyers. The Fukuoka District Court decision not to grant a posthumous retrial of Michitoshi Kuma, who consistently said he was innocent, came just days after another court decided to reopen a 1966 quadruple murder case and freed a 78-year-old death-row inmate after nearly 48 years of detention.

Court decides not to reopen 1992 murder case of hanged inmate

A district court decided Monday not to reopen a 1992 murder case in which a death row inmate was executed six years ago for kidnapping and killing two girls in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan. The Fukuoka District Court made the decision regarding the retrial of Michitoshi Kuma, who consistently said he was innocent. Kuma was hanged in 2008 at the age of 70 over the kidnapping and murder of the 7-year-old girls in the city of Iizuka in the prefecture.

Elvis had genetic heart condition, DNA analysis shows

London, Mar 26 (EFE).- Elvis Presley had a genetic heart defect that may have contributed to his premature death, a British documentary series reported, citing a DNA analysis of a sample of the singer's hair. The producers of the documentary, airing Wednesday on Britain's Channel 4, said the sample of hair belonging to "The King of Rock and Roll" was purchased from a friend of his barber. An analysis of Elvis's DNA identified a gene mutation known to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes thickening and weakening of the heart muscle.

Bangladesh says no hope of identifying 100 factory victims

A Bangladesh expert said Monday he has given up hope of identifying 112 victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, almost a year after one of the world's worst industrial tragedies. The garment factory complex on the outskirts of Dhaka collapsed in April last year, trapping thousands of workers who stitched clothes for Western retailers. Rescue work ended three weeks later with 1,129 bodies recovered from the ruins of the nine-storey complex.

Police believe two women involved in killing of two Canadians in Florida

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Police in Florida believe two women were involved in the killings of a Canadian couple found dead in their winter home one year ago. David Pichosky, 71, and Rochelle Wise, 66, of Toronto were found dead of asphyxiation on Jan. 10, 2013, in their Hallandale Beach home, and police say their bodies were bound. The DNA profiles of two females were found at the crime scene, which is unusual, said Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy.
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