Nation and World: News brief, April 18

Student killed during video chat with friend

A 23-year old exchange student at York University was attacked in her apartment while a friend in China watched via computer webcam and was found dead hours later, police say.

Police in Toronto, Canada identified the student as Qian Liu of Beijing. She was talking early Friday morning to a male friend from home when a man allegedly knocked on her door asking to use her phone, police said in a news release.

The friend in China then witnessed the unknown man and Liu struggle for a period of time before the attacker turned off her laptop, the news release said.

Ten hours later, police arrived at the Toronto apartment to find Liu’s body, naked from the waste down. Her laptop was missing.

Liu’s family is currently on their way to Canada from China, according to reports from CTV.

Presidential “birther bill” vetoed

Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, has vetoed a bill that would have required presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States before their names could be placed on that state’s ballots.

The bill, which passed the Arizona House by a vote of 40-16 last week, would give the final say of a candidate’s eligibility to the Secretary of State, if a candidate was unable to prove whether or not they were born in the United States.

Brewer said in her veto letter that she could not “support designating one person as gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate.”

The bill would have required President Barack Obama and other candidates who wish to be put on the ballot in Arizona to produce a birth certificate. If a birth certificate couldn’t be produced, a candidate would have to show a combination of baptismal or circumcision records, hospital birth files, postpartum medical records or other documents.


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