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Cleveland woman held captive 11 years to write memoir

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Cleveland kidnapper's longest-held survivor will write a memoir recounting her 11 years in captivity, a publishing company announced on Monday. Michelle Knight, 32, the first of the three woman kidnapped and held prisoner by Ariel Castro "will tell the full story of her ordeal for the first time" in a book co-written with Michelle Burford, who worked on the memoir by Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, according to Weinstein Books.

Tiananmen Square: symbolic centre of the Chinese state

Three people died Monday after a vehicle crashed into a crowd in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, bursting into flames. Here is some background on the historical significance of the famous site. Q&A: Tiananmen Square Have there been any previous attempts at self-immolation in the Square?

US rapist Castro may have died of auto-erotic asphyxiation

The sordid tale of Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro took another lurid turn Thursday when officials said his death may have been caused by auto-erotic asphyxiation. Castro, 53, died in September -- a month after he was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for holding three women captive and treating them like sex slaves for a decade. It was an abrupt ending to a sordid case that shocked the United States and the world with revelations of depravity and brutality carried out in an ordinary Cleveland home.

Son of Cleveland kidnapper describes horror he felt at father's crimes

By Chris Francescani New York (Reuters) - The son of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has described in detail for the first time the horror that overwhelmed him after his father's crimes were revealed to the world. "I'm still shell-shocked from the way these past several months unfolded," Ariel Anthony Castro wrote in an essay published late on Saturday in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Family of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to claim body

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The family of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, who hanged himself in prison, will claim his body later on Thursday, Franklin County, Ohio, coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak said. Castro committed suicide on Tuesday by hanging himself with a bed sheet in his cell at an Ohio prison where he was serving a sentence of life plus 1,000 years for the abduction, torture and confinement of three women over about a decade.

Few tears shed for US rapist Castro after apparent suicide

Few tears have been shed over the apparent suicide of Ariel Castro, who endured just a month in prison before ending his life but had held three women as sex slaves for a decade. At least one psychologist said those three women, with Castro dead, are now being denied a sense of justice, as he got to choose his fate whereas they did not. Castro, 53, was found hanged Tuesday in the Ohio prison where he was serving a life sentence.

Cleveland kidnapper found hanged in US prison cell

A US man who held three young women captive for a decade was found hanged in the Ohio prison where he was serving a life sentence, officials said Wednesday. The death of Ariel Castro, 53, brought an abrupt and dramatic ending to a sordid case that shocked America and the world with its revelations of depravity and brutality carried out in an ordinary Cleveland home. "It does appear to be an apparent case of suicide," JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Ohio prisons department, told AFP.

Trafficked Chinese baby reunited with parents: state media

A baby boy allegedly sold by the doctor who delivered him in China has been reunited with his parents, state media reported Tuesday, in a case highlighting the problem of child trafficking. Zhang Suxia, the doctor responsible for the birth in northwestern China's Shaanxi province, allegedly persuaded the parents to give up their child last month after informing them he had serious congenital diseases, the China Daily reported.

US man heads from Cuba to Key West on paddleboard

A 35-year-old American on Thursday left Havana on a stand-up paddleboard in a bid to reach Florida -- a journey he said he hoped would promote "peace and love" between Cuba and the United States. "This trip is to promote peace and love and friendship between the people of Cuba and the United States, as well as a healthy lifestyle," Benjamin Friberg said before leaving Havana's Marina Hemingway. Friberg, who hails from the US state of Tennessee, said he hoped to complete the 170-kilometer (105-mile) journey from the Cuban capital to Key West in about 20 hours.

US kidnap victims described their torment in diaries

Diaries kept by three young women held captive for a decade in an Ohio home helped US prosecutors describe their suffering in a memo released ahead of their tormentor's sentencing hearing Thursday. The entries spoke of rape, vicious beatings, of being chained to a wall and locked in a dark room, of "being treated like an animal," of "anticipating the next session of abuse," and of "his threats to kill," prosecutors said.
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