When Yuki Kai dropped her baby son off at nursery on her way to work he was his usual bright, exuberant self. The case caused national outrage and fears Japan's working parents face a childcare lottery: Legal expert Toko Teramachi warned accidents are "30 times more frequent" for children at non-official centres. In 2015, 14 children died in childcare facilities nationwide -- 65 percent of these incidents happened in unofficial nurseries.
Serena Williams once again arrives at Flushing Meadows poised to rewrite the tennis record books -- if her own troublesome right shoulder and increasingly emboldened rivals allow. The 34-year-old US superstar matched Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles with her triumph at Wimbledon in July. With a seventh US Open triumph she can break Graf's record, and continue her march toward Australian Margaret Court's all-time mark of 24 Grand Slam titles.
Bolivia's Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes has been killed by miners who kidnapped him to demand labor law changes, the government said. "All signs indicate that our deputy minister, Rodolfo Illanes, has been cowardly and brutally murdered," Interior Minister Carlos Romero told a press conference. Illanes had gone to the protesting miners' blockade in the western highland town of Panduro, before being kidnapped and then killed by his captors.