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Mexican prison riot leaves at least 38 dead

MONTERREY, Mexico — At least 38 inmates have been killed in a riot at a prison near the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, officials said Sunday. The clashes broke out overnight between rival gangs at Apodoca prison, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Monterrey. Families were gathering outside the institution,…

Syria intervention ‘very difficult’: top U.S. general

WASHINGTON — The top US military officer warned Sunday that intervention in Syria would be “very difficult” and said it would be “premature” to arm the besieged country’s opposition movement. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN that Syria was the focus of competing…

Hundreds of thousands protest Spanish labour reforms

MADRID — Hundreds of thousands of people, many waving red and white union flags, protested across Spain on Sunday against sweeping labour market reforms that make it easier to slash pay and lay off workers. Spain’s two biggest unions, the CCOO and UGT, led protests in 57 cities against the…

Single-atom transistor busts the records

PARIS — Researchers in Australia said on Sunday they had made with pinpoint accuracy a working transistor consisting of a single atom, marking a major stride towards next-generation computing. The device comprises a single phosphorus atom, etched into a silicon bed, with “gates” to control electrical flow and metallic contacts…

UN inspector hopes for ‘concrete results’ from Iran trip

VIENNA — The chief UN nuclear inspector on Sunday expressed hope that “concrete results” would emerge from his two-day visit to Iran, but cautioned that progress “may take a while.” “We hope to have a couple of good and constructive days in Tehran,” International Atomic Energy Agency chief inspector Herman…

Iran halts oil sales to France, Britain

Iran has halted its limited oil sales to France and Britain in retaliation for a phased EU ban on Iranian oil that is yet to take full effect, the oil ministry said on Sunday. “Oil sales to British and French companies have ceased,” spokesman Ali Reza Nikzad Rahbar said in…

Pint-sized mariachis learn music of Mexico in New York

He has barely begun learning guitar, but already six-year-old Xcaret Gonzalez is dreaming big. He aspires to play well enough some day to form his own band — one playing the mariachi music that is an important part of his Mexican background, and which has been declared part of world…

Egypt sets date for presidential election

Egypt’s first presidential elections since a popular uprising ousted veteran leader Hosni Mubarak a year ago will be held in the first week of June, officials were quoted as saying on Sunday. Egyptian authorities are due to officially announce the timetable for the presidential election later on Sunday. “The election…

Netanyahu meets with top U.S. advisor amid Iran tension

A top US security official was due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday amid rising concerns over Iran and ahead of a trip by the Israeli premier to Washington. The White House has said that National Security Advisor Tom Donilon would talk to senior Israeli officials on…

Syrian activists call for ‘day of defiance’

Syrian activists called for a “day of defiance” in Damascus Sunday after security forces shot dead a mourner at a funeral that turned into one of the largest anti-regime rallies ever seen in the capital. “We expect huge demonstrations,” in Damascus, Deeb al-Dimashqi, a member of the Syrian Revolution Council…

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