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Mexico drug violence killed 12,000 in 2011: reports

MEXICO CITY — Some 12,000 people died in drug-related violence in 2011 in Mexico and around 50,000 have been killed since the start of President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on drug gangs in 2006, media reported Monday. The reports came out as brutal violence continued to rock parts of Mexico amid…

French breast implant firm used fuel additive

MARSEILLE, France — French breast implant manufacturer PIP used a fuel additive in its now-banned implants which the company knew were defective as early as 2005, it was revealed on Monday. The growing litany of accusations against now-defunct Poly Implant Prothese has triggered a worldwide scare with several countries, including…

Tortured Afghan child bride to go to India for treatment

KABUL — An Afghan child bride who says she was tortured by her mother-in-law and locked in a toilet for six months will be sent to India for medical treatment, the government in Kabul said on Monday. Sahar Gul, 15, was beaten, had her fingernails pulled out and was burned…

Protests, tear gas as fuel prices soar in Nigeria

ABUJA — Police fired tear gas at protesters in the Nigerian capital Monday as anger mounted after the government ended fuel subsidies, more than doubling petrol prices in the poverty stricken country. The move announced Sunday in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer, saw petrol prices rocket to…

Venezuela welcomes ruling in ExxonMobil dispute

Venezuela said Monday an international arbitration panel had ordered it to pay $907 million to US oil giant ExxonMobil for nationalizing its assets, but that it would pay just $255 million after deducting certain charges. The award amount by the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce panel was far below the…

Hackers targeted former British prime minister’s emails: report

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the target of hackers who gained access to his personal email account while he was still finance minister, a British newspaper reported on Monday. London’s Scotland Yard are investigating whether newspapers owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch had employed private investigators to…

NATO reports ‘incredible’ Afghan drug seizures

The NATO-led force in Afghanistan said Monday it had made “incredible” seizures of drugs in Afghanistan last year and dealt a blow to the finances of the Taliban-led insurgents. “Narcotics trafficking has been a key generator of funding for the insurgency, but that source of revenue is diminishing,” Brigadier General…

Seoul sees ‘turning point’ with N. Korea

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak said Monday the divided peninsula is at a turning point after the death of North Koreanleader Kim Jong-Il, with opportunities to improve relations. But Lee also vowed to hit back hard against any provocations from the North under the leadership of its young new chief Kim Jong-Un, son of the late dictator.…

Iran tests missiles near key oil strait

Iran on Monday tested missiles near the Strait of Hormuz, underlining its threats to close the vital oil-transit waterway as the West prepares to impose more economic sanctions. The launch of two missiles took place on the final day of war games in waters east of the strait at the entrance to the…

Mubarak wheeled into court as trial resumes

Egypt’s fallen dictator Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into court on a stretcher as his trial for the deaths of protesters resumed on Monday, live footage broadcast by state television showed. Mubarak, 83, is being treated in a military hospital for a heart condition between sessions of the trial. He faces execution if…

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