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The drug war isn’t the only battle Mexico is losing

The country now has 2 million more poor people than it had in 2012.... Read more»

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U.S. steps up use of drones in Pakistan

In a region ruled by tribal law and allegiances that make it difficult for even a Pakistani from outside to travel freely, it is a Wild West where normal judicial and criminal laws don’t apply, and the United States is increasingly using drones to fight the war on terror.... Read more»

Guatemala: Tiny country with a big crime problem

A few strokes after 7 a.m. on a recent Friday, Jesus Alfonso sat in the photo department of El Periodico newspaper office, waiting for what in Guatemala has become the inevitable: a heinous crime. “Not just a murder. We don’t cover all the murders. We can’t. It has be more serious,” he said.... Read more»

New al-Qaeda leader linked to Daniel Pearl killing

A militant linked to the beheading of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002, Saif al-Adel, was recently appointed acting head of al-Qaeda, U.S. investigators said in a report.... Read more»

Burma's war told through a perpetrator's eyes

As a young man, Myo Myint belonged to a Burmese military unit that—among other atrocities— enslaved, raped and killed a female villager in the span of 24 hours. In the process of disavowing the army, however, he felt its cruelty full bore.... Read more»

Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for naval base attack

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a weekend attack on a naval base in Karachi believed to be conducted in revenge for the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.... Read more»

Irish town awaits Obama visit

President Barack Obama lands in Ireland Monday to begin a week-long tour of Europe. Before he jumps into issues of politics and economic turmoil, he will make his first stop in Moneygall, a small village from where his ancestors hail.... Read more»1

North Sudan seizes disputed oil-rich region

North Sudan forces have seized the disputed border town of Abyei, a move described by South Sudan as illegal and a "declaration of war." Tensions in the oil-producing region are rising and there are fears that the latest clashes could spark a new conflict, as South Sudan prepares for independence on July 9.... Read more»

Blast kills two at iPad2 factory in China

An explosion Friday night at Foxconn’s newest China mega-factory—the plant in Chengdu that manufacturers the iPad 2 —has killed two workers, injured 16 others and raised more questions about the company’s safety practices. As yet, the company has not disclosed the cause of the explosion but said it is investigating.... Read more»1

Volcano eruption in Iceland shuts down air travel

A volcano in Iceland has erupted, shutting down the country's airspace Sunday a year after the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano caused aviation chaos across Europe.... Read more»

U.K. safari mission lands a stuffed toy tiger

Police in southern England launched a large-scale operation, including a helicopter team with thermal imaging cameras, after reports of a white tiger stalking prey near a golf course in Hampshire.... Read more»


In shift, Taliban embrace new media

In addition to tweeting in English, as well as their native Pashto, the Taliban is making a concerted effort to build the movement’s media capabilities in this crucial make-or-break year for the war in Afghanistan.... Read more»

Obama, Netanyahu meeting cordial, but tense

Talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Barack Obama went better than planned, both sides said Friday before emphasizing that differences remained between the two leaders and their visions for Palestinian-Israeli peace.... Read more»

Diplomats trapped by Yemeni gunman

A mob of gunmen loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh trapped the American, British, European Union ambassadors, as well as the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, for hours inside a diplomatic compound.... Read more»

'Judgment Day' or just another day?

American preacher Harold Camping has been insisting with absolute certainty that May 21, 2011, would be "Judgment Day," a day when believers of Lord Jesus would be “raptured” to heaven and the rest of the world's population would be killed off by earthquakes and other natural disasters.... Read more»

Suicide bomber kills 6 at military hospital in Kabul

A suicide bomber killed six students and wounded almost two dozen people at a heavily guarded national military hospital in Kabul on Saturday. An Afghan intelligence official says there were two suicide bombers at the hospital—one caused the blast in the hospital's cafeteria, and the other has yet to be found.... Read more»

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