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Five dead in shooting at Mexico music festival PLAYA DEL CARMEN: A shooting erupted during an electronic music festival at a Mexican beach resort early Monday, leaving five people dead, including one in a stampede as revelers fled in panic.Fifteen other people were injured in the melee after a gunman opened fire on security guards preventing him from entering the Blue Parrot nightclub during the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen, the Quintana Roo state prosecutor's office said in a statement.According to the state's governor Roberto Borge the gunfire stemmed from "a personal conflict" between two individuals. According to local prosecutors the five deceased victims are the Canadian Kirk Wilson, the Italian Daniel Pessina, the American Alejandra Villanueva Ibarra and the Mexicans Rafael Penaloza Vega and Francisco Ruiz Murillo.The shooting sowed terror in a part of Mexico that has been largely spared from the drug violence afflicting other parts of the country.Playa del Carmen and nearby Cancun are ...

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Darfur rebel groups retreat to Libya, South Sudan: UN report UNITED NATIONS: Two rebel groups driven out of Darfur by a Sudanese military offensive now operate mostly in Libya and South Sudan but hope to return to fight again, a UN report said Monday.Sudan meanwhile is breaking out of international isolation -- the Obama administration eased its sanctions on Friday -- giving the Khartoum government "more leeway to pursue a Darfur deal on its own terms," said the report by a panel of experts.The conflict ...

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Biden urges Trump to keep up cancer campaign DAVOS: US Vice President Joe Biden, speaking just days before he leaves office, on Monday urged the incoming Trump administration to maintain his national fight to eradicate cancer. "This is the one bipartisan thing that exists and I pray will continue to exist in the new administration," Biden told an audience of executives and opinion-makers at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos. The vice president lost his son Beau Biden to ...

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Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Monday marked the first anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran by emphasizing its "significant and concrete results" and warning the incoming Trump administration against undoing a pact supported by the world's major powers.In language clearly directed at Donald Trump, who is set to take office on Friday, a White House statement said "the United States must remember that this agreement was the result of years of work, and ...

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Five dead in shooting at Mexico music festival: mayor CANCN: A shooting erupted at an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, leaving at least five people dead and sparking a stampede, the mayor said.Fifteen people were injured, some in the stampede, after at least one shooter opened fire before dawn at the Blue Parrot nightclub during the BPM festival, Mayor Cristina Torres told Turquesa radio.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017 ...

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Obama doesn't regret 'red line' over Syria conflict WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama says he does not regret his speech drawing a "red line" over Syria's use of chemical weapons, a phrase critics say symbolizes the US failure to act over the country's conflict.Obama made the comment in 2012 about possible US military action in Syria, saying "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized."In what was billed as his last ...

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Race relations: hope and disappointment of Obama years NEW YORK: If Barack Obama was elected on a wave of optimism, eight years later, hopes of a post-racial America have soured amid recognition that it takes more than a black president to overcome centuries of racism.A recent poll confirmed findings of a number of studies published in the final months of the Obama administration: 52 percent of Americans questioned by Gallup said the country had taken a step backwards on issues of race. Just ...