The horse's name is Nitro Active. He was bred for speed. This great-great-grandson of the legendary Secretariat had won nearly $200,000 in prize money at tracks around Southern California. It had been a modestly successful racing career, but by December of last year it was over. Nitro Active was breaking down. Because of injuries to his tendons and leg joints Nitro Active could barely stand, let alone race. His fate seemed clear. Like many spent and injured racehorses, Nitro Active was destined for euthanasia or a Mexican slaughterhouse supplying horse meat to restaurants in Europe and Japan. He sold at auction for $190.
Syria-Field-Hospital -- By Moni Basi
The Hippocratic Oath hangs heavy over a makeshift hospital in the besieged city of Al Qusayr, centuries of ethical code now dangerous to honor in a place where a doctor saving the life of a gasping child is labeled a terrorist. Dr. Kasem is aware that every patient could be his last. He and his hospital have endured rocket attacks. But he will not stop. The medical oath he took demands that he do all that he can to save lives.
US-Puerto-Rico-Drug-Trafficking -- By Catherine Shoichet
Swarms of agents closed in on Puerto Rico's main airport, arresting workers who allegedly crammed cocaine-filled luggage onto commercial planes as part of a far-reaching smuggling scheme. A special strike force intercepted an unmarked fiberglass boat near a beach town, confiscating bales of cocaine and heroin with a street value of $8 million. Both raids this week were significant blows in the battle against drug trafficking, authorities said. But they were also reminders that Puerto Rico faces a grisly reality.
Spain has asked the European Union for up to €100 billion ($125 billion) to provide a capital buffer for the nation's ailing banks, the Eurogroup said Saturday.
After days of international shuttling on what to do with the troubling situation in Syria, Russia's foreign minister said Saturday that his country will never agree to foreign intervention.
Malawi said it won't host an African Union summit next month because the organization wants Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese leader accused of war crimes in Darfur, to attend.
The United States offers millions for information leading to the capture of the world's most wanted terrorists. A Somali militant group has purportedly countered with an offer of camels for U.S. officials.
Prince Philip was released from a British hospital Saturday after treatment for a bladder infection that forced him to miss part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Afghanistan Troops Killed
French President Francois Hollande mourned the deaths of four French soldiers and an Afghan interpreter killed in a suicide bombing and said his plan to withdraw combat forces by year's end will start next month.
Afghan forces are hunting down 14 inmates who escaped from a northern Afghan prison, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Saturday.