Soccer player for Olympiakos kidnapped in Mexico

Alan Pulido, a Mexican striker for the Greek soccer team Olympiakos, was kidnapped in the north-eastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, authorities said according to local media reports.

A relative of Mr Pulido also told Milenio TV that he had been kidnapped.

Mr Pulido was reportedly kidnapped after leaving a party in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria, media outlets reported.

Five UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

At least five UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali by suspected militants today, the UN and police sources said.

The attack is the first time the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, has recorded fatalities in the centre of a country long beset by violence.

"According to preliminary information, five peacekeepers were killed. Another was seriously hurt and is being evacuated," MINUSMA said in a statement.

The UN did not immediately confirm the nationality of the dead soldiers but a Bamako police source indicated a group of Togolese peacekeepers "came across a mine and a terrorist attack some 50 kilometres out of Mopti".

Missing Japanese boy was left in mountains as punishment, say police

The parents of a seven-year-old Japanese boy, missing in the mountains, confessed they had left him as a punishment and that he did not get lost during a hike as first claimed, police said.

More than 150 rescuers and police officers were searching for a second day in mountains on the northern main island of Hokkaido after Yamato Tanooka went missing yesterday, a police spokesman said.

His parents originally told police that Yamato got lost while the family were out walking in the area, a habitat of bears, to pick wild vegetables. But the parents later admitted they had lied, the spokesman said.

"The parents left the boy in the mountains as a punishment," the spokesman said. "They said they went back to the site immediately but the boy was no longer there."