Egyptians vote — Egyptians cast their ballots Saturday on the first of three days of voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military’s role. Critics have blasted the proposed changes as another major step toward an authoritarian government perhaps even more severe than that of former President Hosni Mubarak, whose nearly three decades of autocratic rule was ended by a popular uprising in 2011. The nationwide referendum came amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi’s government has arrested thousands of people, most of them Islamists but also prominent secular activists, and rolled back freedoms won eight years ago.
Pope: Reject the ‘glitter of wealth’ — At an Easter vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the “glitter of wealth” and to avoid seeking life’s meaning in “things that pass away.” “Do not bury hope!” Francis exclaimed, after noting that when things go badly, “we lose heart and come to believe that death is stronger than life.”
Ex-Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack — A man suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group’s February raid on North Korea’s Embassy in Madrid was arrested in Los Angeles by U.S. authorities. Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested and charged Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter. The specific charges against Ahn were not clear.
New attack on Ebola center in Congo — Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday. Butembo city’s deputy mayor, Patrick Kambale Tsiko, told The Associated Press that the attackers armed with machetes tried to burn down the center in Katwa district overnight. Military and police guarding the center killed one militia member and detained five others, he said. Such violence has deeply complicated efforts to contain what has become the second-deadliest Ebola virus outbreak in history, with the number of new cases jumping each time treatment and prevention work is disrupted.
Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack — City officials say a tiger mauled a zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the incident happened about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when a Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv tackled the worker in an enclosed outdoor space. Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zookeeper suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to her head, neck and back. Wiley says she was awake and alert when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was in stable condition Saturday afternoon. The zookeeper’s name has not been released. The zoo was open at the time of the attack and was witnessed by some people. It reopened about 45 minutes after the attack. Officials are investigating what led up to the attack.
Bloody ax recovered at homicide scene — Police on Saturday were investigating the killing of a woman in a New York public housing development. An ax covered in blood was recovered from a trash compactor in the development, police said. A woman had called for an Uber outside the complex about 1:30 a.m., and the driver called 911 after seeing that the rider was bleeding. The woman said she had been attacked by her former boyfriend and that her friend was still in her apartment, police said. There, police discovered a partially decapitated woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene. A 4-year-old girl was found unharmed, police said.
FBI arrests leader of right-wing militia — The FBI on Saturday arrested the leader of a right-wing militia that was detaining migrant families at gunpoint near the border in southern New Mexico, as the group faced criticism for its tactics. Hector Balderas, New Mexico’s attorney general, said federal agents had arrested the leader, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who had been operating under the alias Johnny Horton Jr. Balderas said in a statement that Hopkins was arrested on charges of firearms possession by a felon. The firearms charge is relatively minor. But it is likely the start of a deeper investigation into his activities and those of the militia.