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Mexico's students not the only ones missing

Cocula - A year before Mexico's latest nightmare -- the disappearance of 43 students -- there was another night of terror in a neighboring town when gunmen broke into homes and took people away, mainly youths.

Three teens fight for life after US school shooting

Los Angeles - Three teenagers were fighting for their lives Saturday after a fellow student shot each in the head, as it emerged that a staff member attempted to stop the attack at a US high school.

Missing students' relatives demand meeting with Mexico president

Apango - Desperate relatives of 43 missing university students have demanded a meeting with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, after nearly a month of searching that has yielded no trace of their loved ones.

Two cops dead in California shooting spree

Los Angeles - Two police officers were killed and two people wounded in California when a man went on a shooting spree, officials said, having finally caught up with the suspect after he went on the run.

Mayoral couple flee after attack on Mexican students

Iguala De La Independencia - With their designer clothes and jewelry business, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda had risen to the pinnacle of this Mexican town, flaunting their wealth and power.

Legal woes of former Catalan leader's family deepen

Madrid - The legal woes of the family of a former longtime leader of Spain's independence-minded region of Catalonia deepened Thursday after police arrested his son on fraud charges.

Mexico mayor accused of ordering attack on missing students

- Mexico on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging they masterminded last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing.

Mexico mayor accused of ordering attack on missing students

- Mexico on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging they masterminded last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing.

Who is Jack the Ripper? Hunt goes on after error with DNA tests

London - It seemed as though one of the biggest unsolved crimes in British legal history finally had a likely culprit, but now it has been revealed that the DNA analysis identifying a killer has been badly flawed.

Wife admits ordering killing of Briton on Bali

Denpasar - The wife of a British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has admitted ordering the killing, police said Wednesday.

Myanmar migrants retract British tourist murders confession

Bangkok - Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British tourists on a Thai island have retracted their confessions and alleged they were tortured, lawyers said on Wednesday.

US Marine accused of murder moved to Philippine military HQ

Manila - A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters Wednesday, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be taken off an American warship.

Mexico announces reward in hunt for missing students

Acapulco - Mexico's government announced a $110,000 reward for information on the disappearance of 43 students in a case of alleged collusion between a drug gang and police.

Abduction, dirty cops are open secret in Mexico

Teloloapan - Two years ago, Manuel was kidnapped by a drug gang in southern Mexico and held and beaten for eight weeks before reappearing in another city, his clothes torn to rags.

Teen convicted as 'armed clowns' spread panic in French towns

B - The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France.

Mexican police intensify search for missing students

Iguala De La Independencia - Mexican authorities Sunday intensified efforts to find 43 students who disappeared more than three weeks ago, using dogs, horses and divers to broaden the search.

Mexico arrests drug gang leader in missing students case

Acapulco - Mexican authorities announced the arrest of the "maximum leader" of a drug gang accused of colluding with crooked police in the disappearance of 43 college students.

New protest in Mexico for 43 missing students

Acapulco - Thousands of protesters marched in Acapulco on Friday to demand the safe return of 43 students who went missing in southern Mexico after an attack by gang-linked police last month.

Christian radio show host accused of molesting 3-year-old boy

A conservative Christian talk radio host was arrested this week and jailed on charges that he sexually assaulted a young boy.

Two suspected 'witches' hacked to death in Tanzania

Arusha - Two Tanzanian women were hacked to death by men who accused them of casting spells that made them sexually impotent, police said Friday, in the latest killings of alleged "witches".

Protesters grab Mexico town halls over missing students

Iguala De La Independencia - Protesters occupied three town halls in southern Mexico on Thursday to demand the safe return of 43 students who disappeared after gang-linked police attacked them last month.

Protesters seize Mexico town halls over missing students

Iguala De La Independencia - Protesters occupied three town halls in southern Mexico on Thursday to demand the safe return of 43 students who disappeared after gang-linked police attacked them last month.

Italian nurse who took selfies with dead patients accused of murder

Rome - An Italian nurse who took photographs of herself with dead patients has been accused of murdering one of them and may be behind the deaths of dozens of others, according to Italian media reports.

Brazilian arrested in 39 serial killings

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police said Thursday they have arrested a suspected serial killer who admits to slaying 39 people in a four-year killing spree, including 16 young women.

5th grader charged with strangling, beating 90-year-old to death

Damascus - A 10-year-old boy has been charged with criminal homicide and may be tried as an adult after he admitted to strangling and beating an elderly woman to death.

Mexico hunts for missing students amid new protest

Iguala De La Independencia - Mexican authorities scrambled Wednesday to find 43 students missing since gang-affiliated police attacked them 19 days ago, as angry protesters demanding their safe return threw rocks at the attorney general's office.

Mexico gripped by mass grave, missing students

Chilpancingo - Mexican authorities scrambled Wednesday to find 43 missing students after concluding they were not in a mass grave containing 28 bodies in a case that has vexed the country.

Self-defence class 'mistaken' for jihad training in France

Strasbourg - A group of men accused by police of "training for jihad" in broad daylight in a French park were merely taking a self-defence class, one of them told AFP on Wednesday.

Missing Mexico students not among 28 in mass grave

Chilpancingo - The mystery over the fate of 43 Mexican students missing since an attack by gang-linked police deepened after authorities said none was among 28 bodies found in a mass grave.

Missing Mexico students not among 28 in mass grave

- DNA results show that 28 bodies found in a mass grave in southern Mexico are not those of a group of missing students, the country's attorney general said Tuesday.
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