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Sandra Avila Beltran, drug ‘Queen of the Pacific,’ extradited to U.S. to face trafficking charges

US authorities extradited one of the most notorious women accused of links to Mexico’s drug trade on Thursday, Mexican officials said. Mexican police handed over Sandra Avila Beltran, a 52-year-old known as the “Queen of the Pacific,” at an airport in the central city of Toluca. Avila is expected to…

Woman released after protesting sentences for kidnappers that forced her daughter into prostitution

A Chinese woman sent to a labour camp for demanding seven men who forced her daughter into prostitution be given harsher punishment was released Friday after an online outcry, state media reported. Tang Hui was given 18 months of “re-education through labour” in the camp after she protested repeatedly outside…

Two naked fisherman saved by helicopters during dramatic shark attack

Two men were plucked from the ocean Friday as sharks circled after being spotted by a television helicopter in a dramatic rescue involving five aircraft and five boats. It came after three men failed to return Thursday after setting out in a fishing boat from Leeman, 270 kilometres (170 miles)…

Three Americans killed in Afghanistan in ambush by man in Afghan uniform

Three American soldiers were killed Friday when a man in Afghan uniform turned his weapon on them, the US military said, in the third so-called green-on-blue attack in less than a week. A spokeswoman said “an individual in an Afghan uniform fired on US Forces-Afghanistan services members in Sangin district…

Indian lawmakers voice anger at U.S. Sikh temple shooting

NEW DELHI — Indian lawmakers voiced anger on Thursday over the killings of six people by a gunman in a Sikh temple in the mid-western US state of Wisconsin. The killings are blamed on Wade Michael Page, a singer in a neo-Nazi punk band, who opened fire on the worshippers…

Pakistani Taliban announces kill plan for drone strike protest leader Imran Khan

A planned protest march against US drone strikes in Pakistan, due to go through one the world’s most dangerous hotbeds of Islamic militancy, has hit a major snag after the Pakistani Taliban announced they would try to kill the leader of the procession, the former cricket star turned politician Imran…

Customs officials crack down on Pakistan’s million-dollar archaeological smugglers

When a Pakistani family dispute over land degenerated into cold-blooded murder, Zaman Khan was quickly in over his head. As cousins killed cousins, he borrowed more than $18,500 to buy guns, ammunition and guards. But soon debtors were demanding repayment, leaving him so depressed he contemplated suicide. Then a friend…

German authorities probe Olympic rower’s Neo-Nazi boyfriend

German authorities said Thursday they have opened a probe against the boyfriend of German Olympic rower Nadja Drygalla on suspicion he was part of a far-right group that attacked a police officer. The prosecutor’s office in the northern city of Rostock said it was investigating Michael Fischer, who until recently…

Canada backs off plan to deport undocumented Portuguese man who lived there 32 years

Canada’s immigration ministry on Wednesday rescinded a deportation order for a Portuguese man living in the country for 32 years. A crackdown on immigration fraud had unwittingly snared Jose Pereira, 58, who said he was ordered out over an administrative gaffe. Married to a Canadian woman, he had four children…

Reporters Without Borders condemns Syrian move to put media activist in special court

Reporters Without Borders on Thursday condemned a decision by Syrian authorities to try a prominent media rights activist in a special military court. “The courts are no longer taking the trouble to maintain even a facade of legality,” RSF said in a statement on the case of Mazen Darwish, head…

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