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Gunmen murder 13 ‘youngsters’ in violent Mexican border town

Gunmen drove up to a house where a high school party was in full swing and opened fire killing 13 people and wounding 17 others, the city public safety agency said Sunday in Mexico’s murder capital, Ciudad Juarez. Most of the victims were “youngsters,” said the Chihuahua state attorney general’s…

Human rights abusers ‘turn on activists in 2009′

NEW YORK — Human rights defenders from Russia to Sri Lanka were themselves targets of vicious abuses in 2009, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday in its annual world report. HRW’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, introduced the 624-page report by saying abuses against defenders of human rights represented a backlash by…

Two Blackwater guards arrested for murder; company settles lawsuits

Two guards working for Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, were arrested Thursday on murder charges following a shootout after a car accident in Afghanistan last year. If convicted, the two could face the death penalty. The arrests came the same day as Blackwater settled seven civil lawsuits…

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