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3 Mexican suspects pleaded guilty to the killing of a U.S. immigration agent

WASHINGTON — Three men have pleaded guilty in US federal court for the 2011 killing of a US immigration and customs agent and the attempted murder of a second agent, the Justice Department said. Julian Zapata Espinoza, 32, known as “Piolin,” a commander in Los Zetas cartel, entered his plea…

Stockholm riots stretch into fifth night

More than a dozen cars were torched and schools, shops and a police station were set ablaze as riots swept through Stockholm’s immigrant-dominated suburbs for the fifth straight night, police and firefighters said Friday. Police plan to call in reinforcements to help quell the riots, but parents and volunteer organisations…

Washington state bridge collapse plunges cars and people into river

A bridge carrying a freeway over a river in the northwestern US state of Washington partially collapsed Thursday, sending cars and people plunging into the water below, police said. At least three people were fished out but there were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities in the incident, which…

Germany must spread cost of energy shift fairly: IEA

The International Energy Agency said Friday that Germany must shield its consumers from paying too much of the cost of its ambitious switch from nuclear power and fossil fuels toward renewable energy. The IEA also said Europe’s biggest economy should make greater use of natural gas to smoothe the transition…

N. Korean envoy stresses dialogue in China talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s special envoy told a top Chinese defence official Friday that his country wants to solve problems on the Korean peninsula through dialogue, Beijing’s state media said. The comments by Kim’s emissary Choe Ryong-Hae were reported by the official Xinhua news agency and came a day…

Tokyo denies ‘ghosts’ keeping PM out of residence

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Friday formally denied months-long rumours that the premier had not moved into his official residence over fears the mansion is haunted. The conservative leader took office in December but has yet to move into the 11-room brick home in central Tokyo, the longest…

EU to ban three harmful bee pesticides from December

The European Commission said Friday that it will ban for two years beginning in December three pesticides blamed for killing the bees that pollinate food and fruit crops. The decision to ban the insecticides, made by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta, “marks another milestone towards ensuring a healthier future” for…

Senate unanimously approves Sri Srinivasan as first India-born senior judge

The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved Srikanth Srinivasan as the most senior US judge of South Asian descent, amid speculation that he may one day be tapped for the Supreme Court. Srinivasan, who was born in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh and raised in Kansas, will serve on the…

Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign off to a rocky start after police called to rally

Former congressman Anthony Weiner began his comeback campaign in Harlem on Thursday at a chaotic event where police were called and the candidate faced heckling. But overall Weiner expressed satisfaction with his first contact with voters, finding them to be in a largely forgiving mood. Asked about poor poll figures…

George Zimmerman lawyers release Trayvon Martin’s cellphone data to discredit killed teen

Lawyers for the accused murderer George Zimmerman released a series of texts and photographs from Trayvon Martin’s cellphone on Thursday, showing the Florida teenager discussing guns, fighting and smoking marijuana. The move appears to be at attempt to discredit the 17-year-old’s character ahead of Zimmerman’s trial for second-degree murder next…

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