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Mexico police face probe over deadly protest OAXACA: The Mexican authorities investigated Monday whether police were responsible for any deaths in weekend violence that killed 10 people amid protests by teachers opposed to the government's education reform.The investigation came as thousands of people led by the radical CNTE teachers union marched in the capital of the southern state of Oaxaca to denounce Sunday's deaths as a "massacre."The unrest followed months of protests by teachers who reject President Enrique Pena Nieto's landmark reform, which requires educators to undergo performance evaluations.Eight people died in Asuncion Nochixtlan, where police said they were ambushed by an unidentified armed group after officers removed barricades set up by teachers.Two other people, including a journalist, were killed in another town by unknown gunmen.Pena Nieto said he "lamented" the deaths and that the attorney general's office would help state prosecutors investigate the violence "and punish those responsible."The agency overseeing the federal police said its internal ...

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Canada condemns Afghanistan attack on embassy security OTTAWA: Canada condemned attacks in Afghanistan on Monday including a massive blast that killed Nepali and Indian security guards as they rode in a minibus to work at its embassy in Kabul."Canada strongly condemns today's terrorist attacks in Afghanistan by the Taliban, including the attack on a bus carrying security guards who protect the embassy of Canada to Afghanistan, in Kabul," Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said in a statement.The minister offered condolences on behalf ...

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Kerry: Cable urging US Syria strikes 'very good' WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he had read a memo from a group of frustrated diplomats urging strikes against the Syrian regime and found it "very good."The "dissent cable" became public last week after 51 serving US officials signed a call for direct US military action to force Bashar al-Assad's regime to negotiate for peace.The memo was seen as a criticism of President Barack Obama's cautious approach, but the "dissent channel" ...

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UN chief to meet Saudi prince amid Yemen row UNITED NATIONS: UN chief Ban Ki-moon will meet with Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Wednesday as the world body and Riyadh lock horns over the conflict in Yemen.The two are to meet at midday at UN headquarters in New York, said Ban's deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq, who gave no details of their agenda.Tensions flared recently when the UN briefly blacklisted the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, after an expert report found it responsible ...

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Orlando shooter claimed attack with 'chilling calm': FBI MIAMI: Orlando gunman Omar Mateen acted with "chilling calm" in phone calls made at the height of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, styling himself an "Islamic soldier" and warning of more bloodshed to come, officials said Monday. US authorities released partial transcripts of Mateen's conversations with emergency services and police negotiators during the June 12 attack on a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead."I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings," the ...

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Biden takes on Trump, warns against 'return of anti-Americanism' WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday slammed Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's foreign policy proposals, saying they could spark anti-Americanism abroad, especially in Latin America.The next US government "can continue strengthening the security and prosperity of people throughout the Americas," Biden was to say in a speech to the Center for a New American Security, according to excerpts released by his office."But if we build walls and disrespect our closest neighbors, we will ...

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Record 65 million people displaced worldwide: UN GENEVA: The number of refugees and others fleeing their homes worldwide has hit a new record, spiking to 65.3 million people by the end of 2015, the United Nations said Monday. Europe's high-profile migrant crisis, its worst since World War II, is just one part of a growing tide of human misery led by Palestinians, Syrians and Afghans.Globally, close to one percent of humanity has been forced to flee."This is the first time that the ...