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Mexican president sparks drugs war row

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Felipe Calderon has provoked a dispute with the main opposition party, the PRI, by alleging that it might consider deals with drugs gangs if it won the presidency next year. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico for 70 years to 2000, is favored…

‘Heavy fighting’ in Sudan border region

Heavy fighting in Sudan’s war-torn border region saw rebels loyal to an outlawed political party drive government forces out of a key garrison town, the party’s secretary general said on Monday. Yasser Arman also demanded that the government release more than 140 leaders of the northern branch of the Sudan…

UN ‘deeply concerned’ about new Sudan conflict

KHARTOUM — The United Nations said on Sunday it is deeply concerned about the latest outbreak of fighting in Sudan’s volatile border region, where it reported 16,000 people have fled one town alone. Georg Charpentier, the UN’s chief humanitarian coordinator for Sudan, was “deeply concerned about the recent outbreak of…

German official warns of Norway killer copycats

BERLIN (Reuters) – The recent mass killing in Norway could easily serve as a blueprint for other anti-Muslim militants, one of Germany’s top security officials warned in a magazine interview Sunday. Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in bombing and gun attacks in Norway on July 22, and left detailed…

Yemen close to transition of power: minister

SANAA (Reuters) – A deal on a peaceful transition of power in Yemen could come as early as Saturday and would be based on an offer by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down by year-end, Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi said. But an opposition leader cast doubt on prospects for a swift deal, a…

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