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Police replaced at Mexico City airport after deaths

Mexico’s federal police have replaced all 348 officers responsible for security at the capital’s biggest airport after three agents were killed by corrupt colleagues smuggling drugs from Peru. The Ministry of Public Security said the officers had been reassigned to different states. One of the three police agents sought in…

Somali parliament will hold first meeting in ‘safe haven’

Somalia’s newly selected parliament will convene for its inauguration Monday under the protection of African Union troops at Mogadishu airport, the UN said, after lawmakers appealed for protection. The parliament’s interim speaker Musa Hassan Abdallah issued an urgent request Monday to the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) requesting an…

Dictator’s daughter will run for South Korean presidency

South Korea’s ruling party overwhelmingly voted for the daughter of an assassinated dictator to be its presidential candidate Monday, the first time a major party has chosen a woman to run for the post. Veteran politician Park Geun-Hye – whose mother was killed by a pro-North Korean agent – secured…

Chinese politician’s wife gets suspended death sentence

A Chinese court on Monday handed the wife of disgraced political leader Bo Xilai a suspended death sentence for murder in a case that has rocked the Communist party ahead of a 10-yearly power handover. Gu Kailai was found guilty of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood, a crime she had…

UN’s Syria observer mission ends amid bloodshed

The United Nation’s troubled observer mission to Syria has officially ended after being recalled amid escalating violence as world powers fail to agree how to end months of bloodshed in the country. The mandate of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) expired at midnight Sunday after a roughly four-month…

Pakistan mobile networks suspended on security fears

Pakistan shut down mobile phone networks overnight in major cities to prevent Taliban and Al-Qaeda attacks as celebrations began for the biggest Muslim festival of the year. The draconian security measure kicked in on Sunday at 8:00 pm (1500 GMT), at a time when millions ordinarily telephone friends and relatives…

Buenos Aires, city of tango and psychoanalysis

Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital known for its tango bars, has another claim to fame: it may well be the world’s capital of psychoanalysis. For every 120 inhabitants in this bustling metropolis, a psychologist is on hand to help struggling individuals make it through tough times — or simply lend…

Julian Assange’s mother hangs up on Sieg Heil-ing radio host

Christine Assange, the mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, was due to speak about her son with an Australian Sunday morning radio host when things went terribly wrong. After hearing John-Michael Howson shout down the previous guest, Wikileaks Australian Alliance cofounder Sam Castro, and subject her to what Assange later…

New Zealand considering early departure from Afghan War

WELLINGTON — New Zealand revealed Monday it was considering an early withdrawal from Afghanistan after three of its soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack on their convoy in Bamiyan province. Prime Minister John Key insisted the plan to pull out early was not linked to the attack, which…

Israeli citizens grow concerned over price tag on war with Iran

Lia Tarachansky of The Real News reports that many Israelis are growing concerned over the potential costs of a war with Iran — not in terms of lives or national prestige, but as measured in their taxes and in the prices they pay for basic goods. Food prices have already…

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