02 Jan 2013

‘La Santa Muerte’ cult sees major growth in Mexican border town

“Lined up inside a dark-black painted building in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, worshippers of La Santa Muerte wait their turn to place their rolled-up paper prayers at the feet of a 5-foot tall statue of an idolized female skeletal figure. She is draped in a white, laced cloak and holds a

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02 Jan 2013

Mexican cartel continues to expand reach in U.S.

“Mexican drug cartels are said to be moving up California to move their product, and investigators say the groups are profiting and avoiding detection with the help of gang members. From extortion schemes, to vicious violent crimes, to working with southern California street gangs — are Mexican cartels strengthening their

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02 Jan 2013

Renditions continue under Obama, despite due-process concerns

“The three European men with Somali roots were arrested on a murky pretext in August as they passed through the small African country of Djibouti. But the reason soon became clear when they were visited in their jail cells by a succession of American interrogators. U.S. agents accused the men

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02 Jan 2013

Video shows Burma military ‘targeting Kachin rebels’

“Military aircraft have been targeting rebel areas in Burma’s northern Kachin state over the last five days, video obtained by the BBC shows. The footage, shot by the humanitarian group Free Burma Rangers, shows attack helicopters firing on the ground and jets flying close to the trenches of the rebel

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02 Jan 2013

Chavez still in ‘delicate’ condition three weeks after surgery, Venezuelan VP says

” Three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remains in delicate condition and has seen only slight improvement in his health, the country’s vice president said Tuesday. ‘All the time we are hoping for his positive evolution,’ Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in an interview broadcast Tuesday

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02 Jan 2013

CFR watering hole attack also target Capstone Turbine Corporation

“Last week Council on Foreign Relations website was compromised and recently hit by a drive-by attack using a zero day Internet Explorer 6 vulnerability for Cyber Espionage attack, suspected by Chinese Hackers. Later Microsoft confirmed that Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 are vulnerable to remote code execution hacks. According to

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02 Jan 2013

Thirteen Colombian Farc rebels ‘killed in air strike’

“At least 13 members of Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, have been killed in an air strike, the Colombian military says. The air force bombarded a rebel camp in north-western Antioquia province on Monday and has since found 13 bodies.” Source:BBC News – Thirteen Colombian Farc rebels ‘killed in

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02 Jan 2013

Asia stocks take off as US fiscal cliff crisis ends

“Asian stocks rose nearly two percent to hit a five-month high and the dollar fell as both houses of Congress passed a bill to end the ‘fiscal cliff’ crisis that threatened a U.S. recession and roiled world financial markets. European markets were set to rally on the news, with spreadbetters

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01 Jan 2013

Mexican Olympic Silver Medallist Shot In Head

“A Mexican race walker who won silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics has lost his left eye after being shot in the head in a bar, according to reports. Noe Hernandez, 34, was in a serious but stable condition after being shot at the Queen of Kings nightclub in Mexico

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01 Jan 2013

Men Shoot 12, Kill 1 at Mexican Quinceañera

“Armed men stormed into a ‘quinceañera’ in the northern Mexico city of Monterrey, killing one man and injuring 11 guests, said a Mexican official. The Nuevo Leon state official explained the gunmen arrived around midnight on Saturday at the party for a girl’s 15th birthday, a traditional Latin American celebration

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