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Mexico’s drug cartels target journalists in brutal killing spree

Scores of journalists have died in a country gripped by violence that has claimed an estimated 60,000 lives since 2006 He shakes as he speaks and at moments his eyes fill. “It’s certain that the people who killed my colleague were criminals,” he says. “The killing had the modus operandi…

Thousands protest in Spain, Portugal against austerity cuts

Thousands of protesters in Portugal and Spain marched Saturday in fresh protests against the austerity measures their governments have imposed to tackle their debt crisis. Portuguese demonstrators staged marches that took on a festive air in the capital Lisbon and a number of other cities. In Lisbon, actors, singers, singers…

Mauritanian president shot, wounded

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was shot and wounded as he was drove through the capital Nouakchott Saturday, but his life is not in danger, a security source told AFP. Abdel Aziz was hit in the arm by a bullet that a motorist fired at him as he was…

Syria rebels down fighter jet near Aleppo: watchdog

Syrian rebels shot down a fighter jet in the northern province of Aleppo on Saturday, a monitoring group and a military defector said. “The rebels shot down the fighter jet in the west of Aleppo province, where fierce battles are taking place,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel…

Japan says it may purchase new Europe bailout bonds

Japan said Saturday it would consider buying bonds issued by Europe’s new permanent bailout fund in a bid to help soothe the eurozone’s crippling debt crisis. “We will consider buying them after carefully reviewing what Europe itself will be doing” on reforms, Finance Minister Koriki Jojima told a press briefing…

China calls on U.S. and Japan to fix their finances

China said Saturday the failure by Washington and Tokyo to fix their fiscal problems was hurting the global economy, as it called for “bold, swift and decisive action” to reverse a slowdown. Deputy central bank governor Yi Gang warned the absence of a “credible, medium-term fiscal consolidation in some of…

Painting in Eric Clapton’s collection fetches record price for living artist at auction

German artist’s Abstraktes Bild (809-4), part of Eric Clapton’s art collection, sold by Sotheby’s in London for £21.3m An abstract painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter has sold for £21.3m, setting a new record for the price paid at auction for the work of a living artist. Abstraktes Bild…

Anglo American Platinum loses $126 million over South Africa strikes

The world’s top platinum producer Anglo American announced $126 million in lost revenue due to a month-long illegal strike, as ratings agency S&P downgraded South Africa over the mining unrest. Anglo American also declared a force majeure in its chrome deliveries as a result of the wildcat strike by thousands…

Australian Matt White quits, admits to Lance Armstrong team doping

Australia’s former Olympian Matt White on Saturday confessed to being a part of the deepening Lance Armstrong doping conspiracy and quit his roles with Australian pro cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE and Cycling Australia. White, 38, admitted to being part of a general strategy of doping when he rode on the Armstrong-led…

U.S. requests extradition of ex-Kyrgyzstan president’s son

The son of Kyrgyzstan’s ousted president has been arrested in London after the United States requested his extradition, the Kyrgyz presidency and British and US diplomats said. Former top official Maxim Bakiyev, 34, was seeking asylum in Britain after his father Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in 2010 in violent street…

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