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Renowned psychiatrist facing malpractice lawsuits

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — Two more patients of Dr. Keith Ablow have filed lawsuits against the renowned Massachusetts psychiatrist alleging he pressured them into sexual relationships.

The Boston Globe reports that the medical malpractice lawsuits filed Thursday allege Ablow lured the women he was treating for depression into degrading situations.

Senegal’s president Macky Sall seeks 2nd term

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese President Macky Sall is seeking a second term in office and hopes to win re-election Sunday in the first round.

He’s touting big infrastructure projects completed under his leadership including paved roads and the gleaming new international airport.

Critics, though, say he may coast to victory only because two of the better known opposition figures were blocked from running. Both men had been convicted of corruption charges, allegations that supporters say were politically motivated.

Pakistan’s army strips ex-spy chief of pension over book

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s army has stripped a former spy chief of his pension and other benefits over a book he co-authored with his former Indian counterpart.

Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, an army spokesman, said Friday that a military court has found retired Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani guilty of violating the military’s code of conduct. He did not elaborate.

Rights group urges Libyan forces to lift siege on civilians

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group has urged Libyan strongman’s self-styled army to lift its siege inside an eastern Mediterranean city where civilians have been trapped.

Human Rights Watch said on Friday that over the past two weeks, Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s forces have been carrying out arbitrary arrests in Darna and laying siege on its Old City. It’s unclear how many civilians are trapped in the Old City.

Police: 5 children die of food poisoning in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say five children have died of suspected food poisoning after their family had dinner at a restaurant in the country’s south.

Police official Ameer Shaikh said on Friday that the family of eight, from the southwestern city of Quetta, arrived in the port city of Karachi the previous night.

He says they had dinner at a restaurant in Karachi’s business district where the suspected food poisoning occurred. He says the family also had food while travelling to Karachi.

Pilot in deadly California house crash was warned of weather

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A preliminary federal report says the pilot whose plane broke up and crashed into a Southern California home was warned before takeoff that he was heading into bad weather.

The two-page National Transportation Safety Board report released Thursday doesn’t explain why the Cessna came apart mid-flight on the afternoon of Feb. 3. Investigations into the cause of a crash typically take months.

Judge grants citizenship to twin son of gay couple

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in California has ruled that a twin son of a gay couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother.

District Judge John F. Walter said Thursday that the State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks.

Amid loss of leaders, unknown militant rises in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine and U.S. officials say a little-known militant has been named the new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines.

The Philippine interior secretary says the rise of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan (SAWA’-jahn) shows that ISIS would latch on desperately to any militant who could provide a sanctuary and armed fighters as its last strongholds crumble in Syria.