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Drug cartel gunmen slaughter 17, bringing bloody weekend’s murder total to 50

Gunmen armed with machine guns shot dead at least 17 party-goers Sunday, in a pre-dawn attack outside the northern Mexican city of Torreon, officials said. Authorities said the heavily armed attackers also wounded 10 others as they sprayed bullets through a recreation center in Coahuila state, near Mexico’s northern border…

Mel Gibson is focus of domestic violence inquiry

Sheriff’s Department investigating Mel Gibson in alleged domestic violence incident Mel Gibson is being investigated in a possible domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend earlier this year, sheriff’s officials said Thursday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department listed the actor-director as a potential suspect in the alleged attack on Russian…

Police detain 224 on second day of Toronto G20 protests

Nearly 600 people were arrested in violent weekend protests against a G20 summit as Canadian police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the mobs, authorities said Sunday. Sporadic clashes between pockets of protestors and riot police flared throughout the day with 224 people detained on Sunday alone.…

Almost 600 killed last month in Darfur: UN

KHARTOUM — Clashes in west Sudan’s Darfur region cost almost 600 lives in May, the highest monthly death toll since peacekeepers were deployed in 2008, according to a UN-African Union document seen by AFP. The confidential document compiled by the joint peacekeeping force said 440 people died in fighting last…

Boy flings water bottle at Sarkozy

A schoolboy threw a plastic bottle at France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy during a visit to discuss violence in French schools on Tuesday, but missed his target. A bodyguard came between Sarkozy and the water bottle which was thrown as pupils crowded around the president, some of them seeking to shake…

US ‘reconsidering’ pace of Iraq withdrawal

American commanders, worried about increased violence in the wake of Iraq’s inconclusive elections, are now reconsidering the pace of a major troop pullout this summer, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The withdrawal of the first major wave of troops is expected to be delayed by about a month, the officials said.…

Watchdog names 40 ‘predators of the press’

PARIS (AFP) – Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders named Monday the world’s 40 worst “predators of the press” including politicians, religious leaders and militias to mark World Press Freedom Day. “They are powerful, dangerous, violent and above the law,” the Paris-based watchdog RSF said. “These predators of press freedom have…

Afghanistan: More than 100 dead in bloody week

KABUL — More than 100 people including dozens of civilians were killed in violence related to Afghanistan’s ongoing war against the Taliban in the past week, authorities said Sunday. The interior ministry registered about 144 insurgency-related incidents — mostly roadside bombs and militant ambushes — from April 11-18, spokesman Zemarai…

Daily Show: Talking about health care is an incitement to violence

Returning from a week-long break Monday, Jon Stewart and company attempted to figure out which side was more responsible for “fanning” violence over health care reform. The Daily Show correspondents offered up talking points with violent undertones from both sides of the aisle. As health care reform was on its…

Palin slams ‘lame-stream’ media for ‘lies’ about tea party violence

Sarah Palin told Nevada supporters in a rally Saturday that they should ignore the media's depiction of tea partiers as violent or abusive after many Democrats received threats and abusive language over the week, often from Tea Party activists.…

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