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Mexico pressed to solve 43 students' disappearance IGUALA: Mexico faced growing international pressure Tuesday to solve the disappearance of 43 students who vanished after they were attacked by police linked to a drug gang.The United States and the Organization of American States joined appeals for the country to find the young men, who were last seen 10 days ago in Iguala, a city in the violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero.Fears over their fate rose over the weekend after authorities found a mass grave up a steep hill outside Iguala containing 28 unidentified and badly burned bodies.Two gang hitmen told investigators they had executed 17 of the 43 young men and dumped them in pits. But authorities say it will take at least two weeks for DNA tests to confirm the victims' identities."This is a troubling crime that demands a full, transparent investigation," said US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. "The perpetrators must be brought to justice."OAS Secretary ...

Michelle Obama: still popular and driving Democratic votes WASHINGTON: Dispensing from her fund of valuable political capital, Michelle Obama is criss-crossing the United States with a single objective -- slaying the familiar foe haunting Democrats in mid-term elections: low turnout.The still popular first lady can reach parts of the electoral battleground that her husband cannot, because his tattered approval ratings after nearly six years in office make vulnerable Democrats loath to be seen with him.But Obama is tireless in her defense of her ...
Ex-Haiti dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier dead at 63 PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti's former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation with an iron fist from 1971 until his ouster in 1986, died on Saturday of a heart attack. He was 63.The death of Baby Doc, as he was commonly known, marks the end of a dark chapter for a desperate country plundered first by his ruthless father -- Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, a physician-turned-populist politician -- before being further ravaged by ...
US faces limits of air power in battle over Syria town WASHINGTON: The United States is facing the limits of air power in the Syria border town of Kobane, where Islamic State (IS) militants are steadily closing in on Kurdish fighters despite a series of US bombing raids.Fighter jets and drones from the world's most powerful air force have carried out at least eight attacks over the past week against the IS group near Kobane, but the air raids have failed so far to turn the ...
Ebola strikes fourth American in Liberia MONROVIA: A US television network prepared Friday to evacuate a cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, as the UN's pointman flew to Sierra Leone, calling the epidemic the world's "highest priority".Ashoka Mukpo, 33, who was working as a freelancer for NBC news, discovered he was running a fever on Wednesday, his network said, and is in quarantine in a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) treatment centre.Hired by NBC only three days ago, he is the fourth ...
US, France discuss potential French role in Syria: Hagel WASHINGTON: US and French defence chiefs on Thursday discussed the possibility of France taking part in the American-led air war against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said.But his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, would not confirm or deny that the subject came up during his talks at the Pentagon."Yes, we did discuss possibilities of France's involvement in Syria," Hagel said at a joint news conference.The talks in Washington came as ...
Colombia victims ask for protection following threats HAVANA: Victims of the 50-year-old armed conflict in Colombia called on President Juan Manuel Santos Thursday to protect witnesses testifying in peace talks and investigate death threats against them.According to the United Nations office in Bogota, several of the victims who had recently traveled to Havana to tell their story at negotiations between the government and FARC rebels received letters with death threats, while others have been the target of verbal attacks on Facebook.As part ...


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