Police stand in front of Reptile Ocean pet store in New Brunswick, Canada on Aug. 5, 2013, after two young boys were strangled as they slept by a python that escaped the store and apparently slithered through the ventilation system into the apartment above. Their tricycles can be seen at bottom left.
CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) -- Hundreds of people are attending the funeral service for two brothers who were killed by a python while they slept at a friend's home above an exotic pet store.
Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his 6-year-old brother Connor were eulogized during the service Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Campbellton, New Brunswick. The family decided that the brothers would be buried together in a single casket.
The two boys were found dead Monday morning after a 100-pound (45-kilogram) African rock python escaped its enclosure in the apartment where they were staying. Police say the snake slithered through a ventilation system located above its tank and fell through the ceiling into the living room where the boys slept.
Preliminary autopsy results show the boys were asphyxiated by the python.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The lawyer for a jailed drug kingpin says he believes his client convicted in the killing of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena will go free in coming weeks.
Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero walked free Friday after a federal court overturned his 40-year sentence on procedural grounds.
Jose Luis Guizar is the attorney for jailed former cartel head Enrique Fonseca Carrillo. He says he expects his client to be released on the same grounds within 15 days and all held in the case to eventually go free.
The U.S. Department of Justice said it found the court's decision "deeply troubling" and Mexico's attorney general said a serious legal mistake had been committed.
The Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents in the United States blamed corruption for Caro Quintero's release.
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media say three Chinese citizens have been killed following an attack in an apartment building in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The official Xinhua (shihn-wah) News Agency reports that two women and one man were killed in the building on Thursday and two other Chinese men who went missing. Xinhua says one of the missing men has been found alive.
Central Television reported that the body of the second man had been found, but later said he was still missing.
CCTV says the deceased were engaged in privately run small-scale business in Afghanistan.
No statement was available on the embassy's website and no potential motive was mentioned.
Xinhua says it remains unclear whether the attack was purposefully targeting Chinese nationals.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Military officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed two alleged al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen.
The officials say the strike Saturday in Lahj province wounded two militants, one of them seriously. The four had been traveling in a car near el-Askariya.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, say it is the first time a U.S. drone fired on this area of Lahj.
It is the ninth such strike in Yemen since July 27. Since then, drone attacks in Yemen's southern and central provinces have killed a total of 38 suspected militants.
The U.S. acknowledges its drone program in Yemen, but does not talk about individual strikes. The U.S. recently flew diplomatic staff out of Yemen's capital over fears of a terrorist attack.
Security forces stand guard as funeral held for slain militants
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security forces were posted at checkpoints in the northern Sinai Peninsula today as more than 100 cars took part in a funeral procession for four slain militants.
A little known militant group, Ansar Jerusalem, says its men were the target of a reported Israeli drone strike in Egyptian territory.
Egyptian security officials confirm the men were killed in an airstrike. It was a rare operation that could indicate increased cooperation between Egypt and Israel against militants in northern Sinai after the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from power last month.
Hundreds of people took part in the funeral, many of them carrying weapons. It is believed that many who were present are wanted by police for carrying out near daily attacks on security forces in Sinai.
Some in the procession chanted slogans against Israel and Egypt's army, currently battling insurgents in the area. But the procession passed through checkpoints peacefully.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency says a volcano has erupted in eastern Indonesia, killing five people and shooting smoke and ash up to 2,000 meters into the air.
The agency confirmed the eruption in a Tweet, saying Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early Saturday morning and that the five were killed by lava flow.
Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from the area on Palue island. The volcano has been rumbling since October 2012.
Indonesia, an archipelago of 240 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines.
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