Maryland woman helping panhandler fatally stabbed

BALTIMORE — Relatives of a Maryland woman who was knifed to death in front of her family while trying to help a panhandler said Monday that she died the way she lived: looking out for others and trying to be kind.

Authorities say Jacquelyn Smith, an electrical engineer from Harford County, lowered her car’s window in Baltimore early Saturday to give money to a young woman who appeared to be holding a swaddled infant and carried a cardboard sign reading: “Please help me feed my baby.”

Authorities say a man approached the car with the woman for the cash handoff. After a struggle over Smith’s wallet, he stabbed Smith and fled on foot with the panhandler.

Burundi issues warrants tied to 1993 assassination

NAIROBI, Kenya — Burundi’s attorney general has issued 17 international arrest warrants for former senior military and civilian officials suspected of involvement in the assassination of the country’s first democratically elected president.

At the top of the list is former president Pierre Buyoya, now the high representative of the African Union.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

Attorney General Sylvestre Nyandwi said the suspects allegedly were involved in the planning and execution of the killing of Melchior Ndadaye in 1993. It sparked a civil war between the East African nation’s two dominant ethnic groups, the Hutu and Tutsi, in which an estimated 300,000 people died.

Buyoya, who ruled Burundi from 1987 to 1993 and from 1996 to 2005, has denied any role in the killing.

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