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Texas officials say no bodies found at home of alleged ‘mass grave’

HOUSTON, Texas — Texas police were investigating a tip-off that a mass grave containing bodies, including the corpses of children, was hidden in a rural area of the southern state, police said. Police were combing the area after being told 25 to 30 dismembered bodies, many of them possibly children,…

Texas police find children’s dismembered bodies in mass grave

HOUSTON, Texas — Texas police, acting on a tip-off, Tuesday found a mass grave containing “a lot of bodies,” including the corpses of children, US media reported. UPDATE: Texas officials say no bodies found at home of alleged ‘mass grave’ The Liberty County sheriff’s office was combing the area after…

Spaniards vote amid protests over mass unemployment

MADRID — Spaniards voted Sunday in local elections forecast to inflict a crushing defeat on the ruling Socialists as anger over mass unemployment boiled over into popular protests. Protesters, who blame politicians for bleak economic prospects and a jobless rate of more than 21 percent, remained camped in central Madrid’s…

21 bodies found in Iraq mass grave

FALLUJAH, Iraq — The bodies of 21 people killed in fighting between Sunni insurgents and US forces in the town of Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital, were discovered on Tuesday in a cemetery, officials said. “The bodies were found in body-bags with Latin letters and numbers on them,” said…

Uzbek rappers to turn more humane, patriotic: official

TASHKENT — Rap music in Uzbekistan should not be called ‘evil and satanic’, part of Western culture, although rappers should include “love for the homeland” in their songs, an Uzbek official said Tuesday. A documentary entitled “Melody and Calamity” shown on state TV earlier this year “incorrectly interpreted the role…

Drug gang blamed for mass killing of 116 in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – The Mexican government accused the Zetas drug gang on Tuesday of killing 116 people whose corpses have been found in a series of mass graves near the American border. Police have detained 17 suspects and believe gunmen from the notoriously violent cartel dragged the victims off buses…

At least 59 bodies found on Mexico ranch

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AFP) – At least 59 bodies have been found on a ranch in Mexico’s northern state of Tamaulipas, on the US border, authorities said Wednesday, warning that the grim toll could rise. The Tamaulipas state prosecutor’s office said 11 people had been arrested and another five kidnapping…

Suspected POW mass grave found in Philippines

MANILA — Philippine workers at a swimming pool site stumbled on a mass grave containing 14 skeletons believed to be prisoners of war from the Japanese occupation in World War II, police said Sunday. Police cordoned off the area in Nasugbu town, about a three-hour drive south of the capital…

Thousands overwhelm riot police in Armenia

YEREVAN (AFP) – Thousands of protesters occupied a central square in the Armenian capital on Thursday, forcing riot police to withdraw in a show of strength aimed at forcing the government to resign. After holding a rally attended by more than 12,000 people, demonstrators marched through the city to Freedom…

Pace of polar ice melt ‘accelerating rapidly’: study

WASHINGTON — The pace at which the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are melting is “accelerating rapidly” and raising the global sea level, according to findings of a study financed by NASA and published Tuesday. The findings suggest that the ice sheets — more so than ice loss from Earth’s…

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