1. North Korea confirms detention of American who entered illegally
PYONGYANG, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- The official Korean Central News Agency said on Tuesday the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had detained an American who illegally entered the country.
The American slipped into the country from China on Thursday and is now under investigation by "a relevant organ," the news agency said in a brief dispatch.
The detained American was believed to be 28-year-old human rights activist Robert Park, who is a Korean descent.
Park's crossing comes just months after the DPRK freed two U.S. journalists who had been arrested in March and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor.
2. mafia boss's son shot and killed
MONTREAL - NICK Rizzuto, the son and grandson of mafia bosses, was shot and killed in Montreal's Notre-Dame-de-Grace neighbourhood, police said on Monday.
Mr Rizzuto, 42, died from the gunshot wounds he sustained while being transported to hospital. A suspect was seen fleeing on foot after firing four rounds into the victim, police said.
Mr Rizzuto is the grandson of Nicolo Rizzuto, 85, the reputed godfather of the Sicilian mafia in Montreal.
The elder Rizzuto was last year was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to four years in prison, but he was released after serving two years in preventive detention.
Nicolo Rizzuto's son, Vito Rizzuto - Nick Rizzuto's father - was arrested in 2004 and is currently serving a 10-year sentence for his role in the 1981 murder of three Bonanno crime family members in New York City.
Nick Rizzuto was allegedly his family's financier and two of his brothers are lawyers, according to experts interviewed by Radio-Canada. The Montreal mafia is considered Canada's most powerful, but lately has come under attack by rival street gangs. -- AFP