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Mexico arrests senior leader of Zetas cartel

Mexico says it has arrested a senior leader in the Zetas drug cartel, potentially dealing a major blow to one of the country’s most powerful and violent drug gangs. “A person who is presumed to be and who says he is Ivan Velazquez Caballero, aka “Z-50″… one of the main…

Boy fights for life after lightning strike

An 11-year-old boy was fighting for his life after being struck by lightning in storms that have deluged Britain. The schoolboy, from Swindon in the southwest, went into cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon after being hit by lightning at Dorcan Academy, and received treatment from first-aiders until paramedics arrived. “The…

Over 300 die in bloodiest day of Syria revolt: NGO

More than 305 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, making it the bloodiest single day of the 18-month revolt, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “This is the highest toll in a single day since March 2011. And this is only counting those whose names have been documented.…

High in the Himalayas, brothers share one wife

When Tashi Sangmo was 17 she married a 14-year-old neighbour in a remote Himalayan village in Nepal and, as part of the package, she also agreed to wed his younger brother. In ancient times, the sons of almost every family in the region of Upper Dolpa would jointly marry one…

Ecuador says they’re ready to shelter Assange for years

Ecuador said it is prepared to shelter Julian Assange inside its London embassy for years if necessary as it negotiates the WikiLeaks founder’s fate with Britain and Sweden. Assange meanwhile called on the United States to halt its “persecution” of WikiLeaks and its supporters in a video link message at…

Chinese citizen arrested over U.S military exports

NEW YORK — A Chinese citizen has been charged in New York with illegally attempting to export highly restricted material from the United States for use by China’s air force, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The criminal complaint in Brooklyn federal court accused Ming Suan Zhang, 40, of breaking US laws…

Ahmadinejad hopes to expand ties with Argentina

NEW YORK — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday said he hoped Iran and Argentina could expand their ties soured for more than a decade by a 1994 attack on a Jewish association in Buenos Aires. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for the people and nation of Argentina,”…

New protest as bailout spectre returns to haunt Spain

MADRID — Thousands of protestors rallied near the Spanish parliament for a second straight night Wednesday after a rough day on the markets again raised the spectre of a full bailout and deeper economic pain. Shouting “Government resign!” and “We are not afraid”, demonstrators faced off against riot police in…

Italian science drone discovers marijuana farm

An unmanned drone analysing earthquake damage in countryside near the city of Ravenna, northeast Italy, made an unexpected discovery — a marijuana plantation hidden in some bushes. “There was a real marijuana farm in the countryside near Ravenna on abandoned land and hidden by thick vegetation,” the police said in…

Confused British police discovered ‘suspicious bright light’ was the moon

A British policeman put his colleagues on alert as he investigated a “suspicious bright light” — only to find it was the moon, an in-house magazine for the police reported Wednesday. Police magazine reported that the hapless officer only realised his blunder after warning his fellow constables in Worcestershire, central…

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