World briefs

Malaysia

Judge finds conspiracy to kill Kim

SHAH ALAM — Two women accused in the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader’s half brother were told Thursday to make their defense after a Malaysian judge found evidence they participated in a “well-planned conspiracy” to kill, extending their murder trial until next year.

Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah and Vietnam’s Doan Thi Huong are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face in an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 13, 2017. They face the death penalty if convicted.

Italy

Series of earthquakes rock country

ROME — At least nine earthquakes have rocked southern Italy over the span of two hours, prompting residents to sleep outdoors. Italy’s national seismology agency INGV said the strongest quake measured 5.1 and struck at 8:19 p.m. Thursday. That jolt was followed in rapid succession by eight more tremors, with the strongest measuring at 4.4.

Colombia

Too hot? Take a break from sex

BOGOTA — Health officials in one Colombian coastal city have a controversial recommendation for residents trying to stay cool during an intense heat wave: Take a break from sex.

Santa Marta city health secretary Julio Salas sparked a mix of laughter and disbelief this week when he urged residents of the Caribbean tourist mecca to refrain from sex during the day as part of a list of recommendations, such as staying hydrated and wearing loose clothing to prevent overheating.