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50 bodies found in two days of carnage in Mexico

Fifty dead bodies have been discovered over the past two days in western Mexico, victims of a fierce war waged between the government and the nation’s powerful drug cartels. The bodies of 26 young men were dumped in three vehicles near a busy intersection in Guadalajara. It bore the signs…

Journalists sexually assaulted covering Egypt unrest

CAIRO — Two female foreign journalists on Thursday described harrowing sexual assaults carried out by crowds or police as they tried to cover demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy said she was sexually assaulted by police during hours under detention after taking part in protests on the…

Pakistani woman kills, attempts to cook husband

KARACHI — Pakistani police on Thursday arrested a woman who had killed her husband and was attempting to cook his body parts after he planned to marry another woman without her permission. The police arrested Zainab Bibi, 32, and her nephew Zaheer, 22, in the Shah Faisal colony of Pakistan’s…

Thousands evacuated after China chemical plant blast

BEIJING — Around 6,000 people were evacuated Thursday after an explosion at a chemical plant near the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, state media reported. The accident occurred early afternoon at the Futian Chemical Company in Panyu district, Xinhua news agency said, quoting the local government. Residents were evacuated after…

At least 17 killed in Syria violence: activists

NICOSIA — Eleven members of Syria’s security forces and two deserters were killed in clashes on Thursday in the flashpoint province of Homs, where at least four civilians also died, activists said. “Eleven soldiers and members of the security forces were killed in skirmishes” with deserters in the town of…

Portuguese workers strike over austerity measures

LISBON — A general strike against austerity measures grounded flights and paralysed public transport in Portugal Thursday as workers protested a tough 2012 budget aimed at helping the country pay its debt. Authorities cancelled nearly all flights in and out of the nation’s main airports, the Lisbon metro came to…

Karzai charges NATO with killing seven civilians

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday accused NATO-led international forces of killing seven civilians, most of them children, in an air strike in the southern province of Kandahar. “Initial reports as stated by the district sub-governor indicate that an air strike carried out by the international forces in Siacha…

Porn star Sunny Leone causes a stir in India

NEW DELHI — A Canadian porn star appearing in India’s biggest reality TV show is causing a stir in the mostly conservative country where sex is taboo and open displays of affection are still frowned upon. The busty Sunny Leone, best known for her roles in films as Not Charlie’s…

Mugabe calls Cameron ‘satanic’ for backing gay rights

HARARE — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has called British Prime Minister David Cameron “satanic” for considering withholding aid from countries that do not respect gay rights, state media said Thursday. “It becomes worse and satanic when you get a prime minister like Cameron saying countries that want British aid should…

Chevron suspends Brazil offshore drilling

BRASILIA — US oil giant Chevron Corporation said on Thursday that it had suspended its current and future drilling operations off Rio de Janeiro state, following a crude oil slick in the area. The company said in a statement that while its Brazilian subsidiary had not received formal notice from…

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