Eight men charged with killing American tourist in Greece
Eight men charged with intentional homicide will on Tuesday appear before a judge in Greece after they allegedly beat to death a tourist from Texas. The eight men include six Serbs, one Greek, and a British national. Bakari Henderson, 22, on Friday suffered multiple blows outside a bar on the western Greek island of Zakynthos and eventually died in a hospital. It’s still unclear what started the altercation. Henderson graduated in May from the University of Arizona. His family said in a statement Henderson was in Greece to work on a photo shoot ahead of launching his own clothing line. —O.O.
Malawi opens first pediatric surgery unit
Queens Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, on Tuesday officially opened a new pediatric unit sponsored by American pop star Madonna. The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive care is the first of its kind in the country. The institute will allow the hospital to double the number of children’s surgeries and provide patients pre-operative and post-operative care. Madonna’s Raising Malawi nonprofit funded the institute in collaboration with Malawi’s Ministry of Health. She named the institute after her daughter, adopted from Malawi in 2009. Madonna has three other adopted children from the country. —O.O.
Catholic priest murdered in Mexico
The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico has confirmed Rev. Luis Lopez Villa, a priest in the Diocese of Nezahualcoyoti, was stabbed and killed in the town of La Paz earlier this month. Assailants broke into the parish house at night on July 5, tied up Villa, and stabbed him to death. The 71-year-old is the third priest murdered this year in Mexico. Two other priests in Tijuana and Mexico City survived stabbings this year. Mexican authorities have recorded about 9,916 murders across the country in the first five months of this year—a 30 percent increase from the same time last year. —O.O.