10-year-old girl pries open alligator's mouth to free her leg

A 10-year-old girl in Orlando, Florida, pried open an alligator's mouth to free her leg after the animal clamped down on her left knee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said.

On Saturday afternoon the girl was swimming in a designated swim area of Lake Mary Jane, in water that was about two feet deep and 10 feet from shore, when an 8-foot-9-inch-long alligator bit her.

She was able to pry open the gator's mouth and remove her leg but sustained several puncture wounds to the back of her knee and lower thigh; she has since been released from the hospital. 

5 Boko Haram leaders released in exchange for 82 kidnapped girls

Eighty-two (82) Nigerian school girls were freed this weekend after more than three years in captivity, in exchange for five commanders of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. 

Dozens of girls have escaped, since their kidnapping in 2014, telling their horror stories, of other girls dying, being married off, becoming pregnant and ill.

One hundred of the 300 kidnapped girls are still unaccounted for.

Trump acts as mediator

President Donald Trump, on Wednesday vowed to work as a "mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator" to help broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians as he welcomed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House.

"We will get this done," Trump vowed.

He expressed the need for peace, saying there’s hatred but hopefully not for long. 

International: North Korea warns the West of imminent nuclear strike “anytime, anywhere”

Tensions in the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs the North may be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test.

Washington has refused to rule out a military strike against the dictatorship in response to any attacks, while a North Korean spokesman has said that they are, “fully ready to respond to any option taken by the US.”

International: At least three killed after lorry drives into crowd of people in Stockholm, Sweden

A manhunt is underway in Sweden after a lorry ploughed into crowds in a shopping area in central Stockholm killing at least three people and leaving several injured.

Armed police rushed to the scene but the driver of the vehicle fled.

All trains in and out of Stockholm have been cancelled for the rest of the day the country's national rail company confirmed. 

Sweden’s intelligence agency has said there was a “large number injured” in the attack.
Stefan Lofven, the Prime Minister, said all evidence pointed to “a terror attack”.

International: Uruguay to sell weed in pharmacies from July

Uruguay will begin selling marijuana in pharmacies from July, the final stage in the country's pioneering regularisation of the drug.

The South American country will be the first in the world to legally sell the drug over the counter for recreational use.

The move was set in motion in 2013 with a law that fully legalised the marijuana trade.

However, it has been a slow process to put the law into practice.

"Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July," presidential aide Juan Andres Roballo told a press conference.

International: ISIS message calls Trump "foolish idiot"

Islamist terror group ISIS has unleashed contempt on both the United States and President Donald Trump in a new audio message, calling the latter a "foolish idiot."

ISIS spokesman Abu Hasan al-Muhajir narrates the roughly 37-minute message, which was released Tuesday.

"You (America) are bankrupt and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye," Muhajir says.

"There is no clearer sign of you being ruled by a foolish idiot who does not know what Levant or Iraq or Islam is, who continue(s) his hallucination to express his animosity and war against it (Islam)."

International: California murder suspect raises $65 million bail

A California woman suspected of murdering the father of her two children is hoping to be released from prison after raising $65m (£52m) bail.

Tiffany Li, 31, posted $4m in cash and pledged $61m in property, raised from a group of friends, family and business associates, the Associated Press said.

The bail had been set at $35m, but California courts require double the amount if property is used.

Her lawyer said she was "well-liked in the community", the LA Times reported.

International: Death toll in Syria gas attack now 72 and climbing

The death toll in the Syrian gas attack has climbed to 72.

The victims were killed in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, after a chemical gas had been dropped from “unknown” war planes. More than 550 people were injured.

Local health workers said the death toll could rise and eventually reach 100.

Witnesses also said that the clinics treating the injured were then targeted by airstrikes.

International: 25 children among dozens killed in Syria gas attack

A suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people in a rebel-held area of Syria on Tuesday, activists said, describing an incident that would mark one of the worst of its kind in Syria's six-year civil war.

At least 83 people - including 25 children - died and at least 350 others were injured in the incident in northern Idlib province, southwest of Aleppo, the relief agency UOSSM told NBC News.

UOSSM, formally known as the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, is a nonprofit coalition of groups treating to victims of the war in Syria.