20 Oct 2010

France strikes: Paris streets ablaze, Britons warned to stay away from violence

“A car explodes in flames and policemen clash with rioting youths as spiralling violence grips France. This was one of many flashpoints across the country yesterday amid growing public anger against raising the retirement age to 62. In the town of Nanterre, north-west of Paris, officers also fired rubber bullets

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20 Oct 2010

10 infants dead in California whooping cough outbreak

“Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has claimed the 10th victim in California, in what health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 60 years. Since the beginning of the year, 5,978 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of the disease have been reported in California. All of the deaths occurred

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19 Oct 2010

Stocks: Worst day in two months

“Stocks fell sharply Tuesday, amid reports that a group of bondholders are trying to force Bank of America to repurchase bad mortgages. Investors also weighed a surprise rate hike by the Chinese government, and mixed data on the housing market and corporate results. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost

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19 Oct 2010

European Stocks Fall After China Interest Rate Hike

“European stocks fell Tuesday, with basic resources pacing the decline following a surprise short-term interest-rate hike by China. At the same time, mixed earnings reports out of the U.S. and weakness in the technology sector weighed on markets. The euro lost ground against the dollar, while oil and gold prices

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18 Oct 2010

8 private security guards die in Afghan clash

“Eight guards of a private security company were killed and three wounded in a clash between insurgents and the private security company Sunday night, officials said. The clash took place in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, said Daud Ahmadi, the spokesman for the province’s governor. The company was providing security for

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17 Oct 2010

Philippines on alert as Super Typhoon Megi nears landfall

“Emergency crews in the Philippines were on standby Monday morning as the island nation braced for a ‘super typhoon’ that could trigger flooding and landslides. Super Typhoon Megi, also known as Juan, is expected to make landfall midday Monday at or near super-typhoon strength, with winds possibly in excess of

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17 Oct 2010

Official: New al Qaeda threat targets Europe, ‘notably France’

“Saudi Arabian intelligence services are warning of a new terrorist threat from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula targeting Europe, especially France, French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said in a radio interview Sunday. ‘Several days ago the Saudi services alerted their European counterparts that there was a terrorist threat on

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15 Oct 2010

Mexican assassins headed to Arizona

“Drug smuggling gangs in Mexican have sent well-armed assassins, or ‘sicarios,’ into Arizona to locate and kill bandits who are ambushing and stealing loads of cocaine, marijuana and heroin headed to buyers in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security has warned Arizona law enforcement authorities. In a memo

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14 Oct 2010

Mexico Mining Officials Say Mines A Target Of Organized Crime

“Mexico’s mining sector is becoming a target of organized crime groups, which have carried out kidnappings, robberies and even killings, mining officials said Thursday. ‘The situation is very difficult,’ said Ramon Davila, director of the First Majestic mining company, during a mining forum. ‘There have been threats by organized crime.’

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13 Oct 2010

Jonas Brothers Cancel Mexico Concert Due To Violence

“Killings and shootouts have become common fare in Mexico’s violent north. But the latest casualty of its disintegrating security differed from the norm: a Jonas Brothers concert, set for the city of Monterrey later this month. The American boy-band, popular among teeny-boppers on both sides of the border, abruptly canceled

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