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Mexican president released from hospital after thyroid surgery

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto left hospital Saturday saying he felt fine after undergoing surgery to remove a thyroid nodule and he hoped to fully return to work next week. “I feel very good, and very encouraged,” the 47-year-old leader told journalists as he exited the military hospital. He appeared…

Protest over Taiwanese military conscript’s death draws 100,000

More than 100,000 Taiwanese people took to the streets Saturday in protest over the death of a young conscript who was allegedly abused in the military. Singing a Taiwanese take on the revolutionary song “Do you hear the people sing?” from the hit musical “Les Miserables”, protesters rallied at a…

Federal grand jury investigating contractor that vetted Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The company that conducted the most recent security review of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is the subject of a federal grand jury investigation into its background check processes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people involved with the probe. Federal prosecutors and…

Mexico investigating alleged reappearance by drug lord thought to be dead

Three years after Mexican drug lord Nazario Moreno was declared dead, doubts abound about his demise, with stories of him indoctrinating recruits every Sunday and hosting a feast last year. Even though his body was never recovered, the government announced on December 10, 2010, that “El Chayo” was killed after…

Reagan-Bush political consultant admits role in France’s ‘Karachi affair’ arms deal controversy

An American political consultant has admitted being paid by an intermediary in 1994 arms sales for advising the campaign of French presidential hopeful Edouard Balladur, a French daily reported Saturday. Paul Manafort, who worked for Republican presidential campaigns of the 1980s, also told investigators he met with officials in Balladur’s…

Supreme Court orders California to free thousands of inmates from overcrowded prisons

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Friday to excuse California from a lower-court order demanding that the nation’s largest state prison system reduce its inmate population by about 10,000 convicts this year to ease crowding. State prison officials, insisting that further cuts are…

Interpol issues global security alert after prison breaks

ARIS (Reuters) – Interpol issued a global security alert on Saturday advising its members to increase their vigilance against attacks after a series of prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that the agency is investigating to determine if they were linked. The Lyon, France-based Interpol said given that al…

Texas to soon run out of lethal injection drug

Texas, the state that puts to death the most prisoners in the US, will soon run out of the drug used for lethal injections. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Justice told AFP Friday that the state’s stock of pentobarbital, the barbiturate used for the death penalty, has nearly…

Sex offenders awarded $1 in liability suit over N.Y. illegal ‘civil commitments’

A jury found Mr. Pataki and two former state officials are ‘not liable’ for illegally confining six sex offenders to…  …

New Zealand dairy finds botulism bacteria, issues worldwide alert

By Naomi Tajitsu WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, on Saturday said it had found a bacteria which can cause botulism in some of its dairy products, prompting China to issue a recall of affected products. New Zealand authorities said they were holding back some…

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