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Mexico arrests eight blamed in Veracruz massacres

Mexican authorities Friday detained eight members of the “Zeta Killers” gang blamed for at least 67 recent killings in eastern Veracruz state, the latest flashpoint in the country’s drug violence. The suspects were blamed for the deaths of 35 people whose bodies were dumped on a road in the city…

Ex-CIA chief acknowledges open secret — drones

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday acknowledged what has long been an open secret — that the CIA deploys armed Predator drones to hunt down Islamist militants. The US government officially declines to admit to the spy agency’s drone strikes, but Panetta — who served as Central Intelligence Agency…

IMF adviser: The global economy could collapse ‘in two to three weeks’

In an interview on BBC yesterday, International Monetary Fund (IMF) adviser Robert Shapiro said something quite alarming: without a plan to save the Euro, the global economy will collapse “in two to three weeks.” Speaking about European leaders, Shapiro said: “If they can not address [the financial crisis] in a…

Nestle chief warns of new food riots

The head of the world’s biggest food company Nestle said on Friday that rising food prices have created conditions “similar” to 2008 when hunger riots took place in many countries. “The situation is similar (to 2008). This has become the new reality,” the Swiss giant’s chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe told the…

In France, far right capitalizes on euro crisis

AMNEVILLE, France (Reuters)- Amneville, a town in the Moselle region of northeastern France, does not look like a fault-line in the euro zone. The smell of grilled chicken wafts over the marketplace on a recent Saturday morning, the CD vendor plays German oom-pah music, and the sky behind the ochre…

Pakistan says Obama pressure on militants hurts Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s warning to Islamabad over suspected ties to militants will hurt efforts to stabilize Afghanistan and fuel anti-Americanism, the chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Foreign Affairs Committee said on Friday. Pakistan is seen as critical to bringing peace to neighboring Afghanistan, but the United States has…

Euro chiefs race to prop up banks

Facing renewed calls by US President Barack Obama for swift action to tackle its debt crisis, eurozone leaders raced Friday to stave off a credit crunch with talks in Berlin and Athens. Efforts now seem focused on reassuring investors that Europe’s banks are safe, to dispel fears of a possible…

Three women’s rights activists share Nobel Peace Prize

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her compatriot and “peace warrior” Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The three women will share the 2011 award “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation…

Afghanistan marks 10 years since war started

KABUL — Afghanistan marks 10 years since the start of the US-led war against the Taliban Friday amid heightened security and questions over what the next decade will hold. Security is being stepped up in the capital Kabul after a string of major attacks including the assassination of peace envoy…

Drought-stricken Pacific islands down to last few days of water

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A drought-stricken Pacific island nation is down to its last few days of water, prompting a mercy dash by New Zealand and Australia with water-making equipment. Tuvalu, the world’s fourth-smallest nation sitting just below the Equator, has declared a state of emergency and is rationing water. Tuvalu…

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