By Marice Richter and Dave Graham FORT WORTH/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Texas teenager, scorned for his "affluenza" defense in a deadly car crash, and his mother won a delay in extradition from Mexico on Wednesday where they fled as U.S. authorities investigated whether he had violated a probation deal that kept him out of prison. Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother, 48-year-old Tonya Couch, were captured in the Mexican Pacific Coast city of Puerto Vallarta on Monday and had been due to be flown back to Houston accompanied by U.S. Marshals. Ricardo Vera, a Mexican migration official in Jalisco state, said the pair had filed an injunction to delay their extradition and they would not be leaving on Wednesday. He said a judge in Mexico would have up to 72 hours to consider the injunction, and they could still be deported within two weeks depending on developments. In Texas, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said he was not surprised by the delay. "They (the Couches) have done everything that they can so far to avoid being accountable, or avoid being brought to justice. Any roadblock they can put in the way, any hurdle, I fully expect that," Anderson said in an interview. "Most likely it (the injunction) will result in a little delay, which is not as good as we hoped ... We are patient, we will be here when they get here," he said. During Ethan Couch's trial in juvenile court over a 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people, a psychologist testified on his behalf that he was afflicted with "affluenza," and that he was so spoiled by his wealth that he could not tell the difference between right and wrong. The diagnosis is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association and was has been widely ridiculed. Couch was convicted on four counts of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years of drink and drug-free probation, which critics saw as leniency because of his family's wealth. His flight to Mexico rekindled anger over that sentence. A U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Laura Vega said the Couches could not be deported until legal matters had been resolved, adding the service did not know when that might be. PARTY VIDEO RAISES RED FLAG Couch and his mother fled the United States earlier this month after a video surfaced online apparently showing Ethan Couch at a party where beer was being consumed. Authorities then launched a probe into a possible parole violation, law enforcement officials said. The two were tracked down and arrested in Puerto Vallarta. Mexican authorities said they had been working with the U.S. Marshals Service since Dec. 24 to locate them. Anderson said that when the pair does arrive back in the United States, Couch would appear at a detention hearing. The judge could keep him in a juvenile detention facility or send him to an adult jail, he said. Authorities have issued a warrant for his mother's arrest for hindering apprehension, the sheriff said, adding that if convicted she could face two to 10 years in prison. Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson said on Tuesday that she expected the judge to hold Couch after his hearing. County prosecutors have been working for months to move his case into the adult system. In the car crash, Couch, then 16, was speeding and had a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit when he lost control of his pickup truck and fatally struck a stranded motorist on the side of the road and three people who had stopped to help. During their last days in Puerto Vallarta, Couch and his mother lived in a modest apartment, kept a low profile and at least once used a false name as they tried to stay under the radar, local people and neighbors said. Asked about U.S. media reports that a pizza order in Puerto Vallarta from a cellphone had led to the arrests, Anderson said it was more than a single incident. "It was really good old-fashioned police work that led to this," he said. (Additional reporting by Anahi Rama and Veronica Gomez in Mexico City, Anna Driver in Houston and Jon Herskovitz in Austin; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Frances Kerry, Toni Reinhold)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's order to kill armed rebels was legal, his spokesman said on Monday, as catholic leaders joined condemnation of the killings of nine activists in separate weekend raids against suspected insurgents. Human Rights groups are outraged over the deaths of what they said were legitimate activists under the guise of counter-insurgency operations, which came two days after Duterte told security forces they could kill rebels if they were holding a gun and to "ignore human rights". "The president's 'kill, kill, kill' order is legal because it was directed at armed rebels," his spokesman Harry Roque said in a briefing, adding the government would still investigate the incident.
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Prince Harry says he feels ‘really let down’ by Charles as he reveals father stopped taking his calls
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Prince Harry gave an honest assessment of his relationship with his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William, telling Oprah Winfrey that he has "compassion" for both of them because the are "trapped" inside the royal family. During an interview that aired on CBS Sunday night, Harry said he did not "blindside" his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, with the news that he would be stepping back from his royal duties, saying he has too much "respect" for her. Last year, Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, moved from Britain to California, and he said that recently, he's actually spoken to the queen more than usual, and they have a "really good relationship." It's been harder to relate with his father, though. Harry said he is "disappointed" in him, and does not think the family did enough to protect Markle from bad press. "I saw history repeating itself," he said, referring to his mother, the late Princess Diana, who was hounded by tabloids. Harry said he asked for help, but Charles stopped answering his calls. Had he received assistance, "we wouldn't have left," Harry said, but "we did what we had to do." He denied having long ago decided he would leave his royal duties, and Markle backed him up. "I left my career, my life," she said. "I left everything because I love him. Our plan was to do this forever." Harry told Winfrey he has money his mother left him, and believes she would have been "very angry at how this has played out, and sad. But ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy." Today, Harry said Charles is accepting his phone calls, but "there's a lot to work through there." He thought his father would be more understanding, and "there's a lot of hurt that's happened." It is now one of Harry's "priorities to try and heal that relationship," he added. As for William, Harry said he "loves him to bits" but "we're on different paths." Through Markle, Harry said he was able to see he was stuck in the "institution" he was born into, and his father and brother "are trapped. They don't get to leave. And I have compassion for that." More stories from theweek.com7 spondiferously funny cartoons about the Dr. Seuss controversyWhy the Dr. Seuss 'cancellation' is chillingBritain's tabloids, vilified by Harry and Meghan, are all agog over the 'devastating' Oprah interview
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Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview: Queen and Philip not members of Royal family that asked about Archie's skin tone
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A Trump appointee who was arrested over the Capitol riot asked a judge if he could be transferred to a cell with no cockroaches
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MEGHAN MARKLE: "I didn't want to be alive anymore."Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, has accused the British Royal Family of racism, lying and pushing her to the brink of suicide.The bombshell revelations were made during a highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on CBS on Sunday.Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, said the Royal Family refused to make her son a prince because they were concerned about the colour of his skin.MEGHAN MARKLE: "So we have in tandem the conversation of, you won't be given security, he's not gonna be given a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."The Duchess said she was naive before she married into the Royal Family in 2018, and that things got so desperate she had suicidal thoughts and considered self harm.OPRAH WINFREY: "Did you hear this one about you making Kate Middleton cry?"MEGHAN MARKLE: "This I heard about."OPRAH WINFREY: "You heard about that?"MEGHAN MARKLE "That was a turning point."Meghan said the reverse had happened...that Kate had made her cry.She also accused the royal institution of not only failing to protect her against malicious claims, but lying to protect others.The comments risk inflaming an already tense relationship between Meghan and Harry on one side, and the British monarchy on the other.Last year, the couple stepped down from their royal duties to build a new life in the United States.To their detractors, they want the glamour of their positions without the dedication it requires or scrutiny it brings.While their supporters view the monarchy as an outdated institution that has lashed out against a modern, biracial woman, with undertones of racism.Harry was also interviewed by Oprah. He said he left the Royal Family because he wanted to avoid history repeating itself, in reference to the media's behaviour before the death of his mother Diana in 1997.He added that his father stopped taking his calls during the build-up to the announcement he was leaving.Harry said that if it hadn't been for Meghan he wouldn't of been able to step away from the Royal Family because, like his father and brother, he was trapped.
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Philippine police backed by military forces killed nine people over the weekend in a series of raids against suspected communist insurgents, with authorities saying the suspects opened fire first. Others, however, said those killed were unarmed activists. Police said Monday that all of those killed were associated with “communist terrorist groups” and had shot at officers while being served search warrants.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrated on Sunday the sense of Commonwealth unity fostered by "a time like no other", just hours before a U.S. interview with her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan that could deepen divisions in the royal family. In a speech to mark Commonwealth Day, dedicated to the countries mainly from the former British empire that maintain links with Britain, the Queen welcomed the "deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual sustenance we enjoy being connected to others" during the coronavirus pandemic. For almost 50 years, the royal family has attended an annual Commonwealth Day service at London's Westminster Abbey in March, but it has been cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Security forces shot dead two people in northern Myanmar on Monday, local media reported, as the military government continued its attempt to stamp out opposition to its Feb. 1 coup. Graphic video on social media showed protesters in the street backing away from tear gas, responding with rocks, then fleeing after a fusillade of what seemed to be automatic gunfire. To date, the government's violent crackdown has left more than 50 protesters dead.
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President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order on Monday directing the Department of Education to review policies implemented by Donald Trump's administration, including changes to Title IX regulations that prohibit sex discrimination in federally funded institutions, according to administration officials. Biden focused on gender equity during his campaign and promised to strengthen Title IX if he won the White House.