China: Baby-Stealing Obstetrician Faces Death Penalty
A doctor in northern China faces a possible death sentence after confessing to stealing seven newborn babies and selling them to human traffickers.
State media say Zhang Shuxia, who delivered babies at a hospital in Shaanxi province's Fuping county, acknowledged in court to trafficking the seven babies.
The 55-year-old obstetrician was accused of persuading parents to give up their children after falsely claiming they had serious, congenital diseases.
Six of the children have been rescued, but one died after being trafficked for $165.
The state-run Global Times says Zhang apologized to the victims' families, saying she was "deluded by an accomplice into selling babies in the mistaken belief she was helping families in need."
The sale of children is a major problem in China, where analysts say a strict one-child policy has helped create demand exploited by underground trafficking rings.
Israel Frees More Palestinian Prisoners
Israel has freed 26 more Palestinian prisoners who were jailed for deadly attacks on Israeli civilians, in the latest release under an agreement to revive peace talks between the two sides.
Crowds cheering, waving flags and setting off fireworks welcomed the freed prisoners with a hero's welcome early Tuesday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other officials greeted a group of them in Ramallah with hugs and kisses, and Mr. Abbas vowed to press for more prisoners to be allowed to go home.
The latest release was the third of four agreed to with Israel under which a total of 104 Palestinians will be freed.
The releases infuriate many Israelis, including some members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet. They consider the ex-prisoners terrorists.