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Mexicans say social networks make a dull election more interesting

By Sofia Miselem MEXICO CITY — Online social networks, a newcomer in Mexican elections, are making a mark on the country’s presidential campaign, forcing candidates to respond to issues and protests enabled by the Internet. “If it wasn’t for the social networks, the campaign would be really boring,” said Roy…

Jimmy Carter: Sudan ready to pull troops out of contested region

By Ian Timberlake KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan says it is ready to pull its soldiers out of the contested Abyei region, former US president Jimmy Carter said after meeting Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir on Sunday. “He has notified the negotiators he’s ready to withdraw troops from Abyei, which we believe…

UK may bar Syrian officials from Olympics over human rights abuses

By Andrew Sparrow, guardian.co.uk Nick Clegg has said that the government would stop Syrian military figures accused of human rights abuses from visiting the UK during the Olympics. He said on Sunday that the government had recently changed the rules so that there was now a presumption that those individuals…

19 Pakistani pilgrims wounded in Iraq bombing

A roadside bomb in Iraq’s Anbar province wounded 19 Pakistani Shiite pilgrims on Sunday, police and a doctor said, in the second attack against pilgrims in the Sunni province in days. “A bus carrying Pakistani pilgrims was targeted by a roadside bomb at around 4:00 pm (1300 GMT) on the highway to Baghdad” fromFallujah, Anbar police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel…

Al-Qaeda offshoot seizes key arms dump in Mali’s north

An Al-Qaeda offshoot this week seized a key underground arms depot in the strategic town of Gao in Mali’s rebel-controlled north, security sources said on Sunday. The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) “have taken our underground weapons and ammunition depot in Gao. It’s one of the main depots of the Malian army,” a security source told AFP. The…

Women on the rise in Mexican drug cartels

The high mortality rate in Mexico’s drug war has seen women progress quickly in the shadowy underworld of the cartels and they are increasingly taking on key management roles, a new book says. “Female Bosses of Narco-Traffic,” by Arturo Santamaria, a researcher at the Autonomous University of the State of Sinaloa, traces the…

Tens of thousands protest against Morocco government

Tens of thousands of Moroccans took to the streets of Casablancaon Sunday in the largest opposition protest since an Islamist-ledgovernment took office, reflecting mounting tensions over unemployment and other social woes. The protest was organised by trade unions which accuse Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of failing to deliver on the pledges ofsocial justice that brought…

IMF chief angers Greeks as crisis election looms

Political leaders in Athens rounded on IMF chief Christine Lagardeon Sunday for branding Greeks tax-dodgers as parties went on the campaign trail for next month’s elections. Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos accused Lagarde of trying to “humiliate” the debt-stricken country, which is facing its second election in six weeks seen as crucial to…

Afghan officials: NATO air strike kills six children

A NATO air strike killed a family of eight, including six children, when it hit their home in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Sunday. Saturday night’s incident in Paktia province threatens to further sour already shaky ties between President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers and will likely enrage Afghan civilians weary of years…

Bodies of 10 illegal miners recovered in S. Africa

Rescuers have recovered the bodies of 10 illegal diamond minerswho were killed in a disused mine tunnel earlier in the week in theNorthern Cape province, officials said. “By Saturday night 10 deceased diggers had been recovered from the collapsed tunnels,” said a statement issued late on Saturday by the DeBeers company which…

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