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Mexico president seeks to dissolve local police forces MEXICO CITY: Mexico's embattled president unveiled sweeping reforms Thursday to dissolve corruption-plagued municipal police forces nationwide amid an outcry over the role of gang-affiliated authorities in the presumed slaughter of 43 students.More carnage hit Mexico hours before President Enrique Pena Nieto's announcement, with the discovery of 11 beheaded bodies in the troubled southern state of Guerrero -- the same region where the students were attacked in September."Society has raised its voice to say enough is enough," Pena Nieto said, echoing the anger of Mexicans who have joined a wave of protests over a case that has highlighted the country's struggle with police corruption."Mexico must change," said the president, who is facing the biggest challenge of his two-year-old administration, in a speech at the National Palace before congressmen, governors and civil society groups.Pena Nieto said he would send a set of constitutional reforms to Congress on Monday to allow federal authorities ...

Protesters block Acapulco highway over 43 missing CHILPANCINGO: Protesters fuming over the presumed slaughter of 43 students blocked the highway linking Mexico City and Acapulco on Wednesday to mark two months since the disappearance rocking the government.Some 2,000 people, including parents of the missing young men and fellow students from their Ayotzinapa teacher-training college, took part in the latest protest over the case.The rally occurred in Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern state of Guerrero, which has been the scene of violent ...
Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH WASHINGTON: Researchers say they're a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field.The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 5,700 people, mostly in West Africa.Pharmaceutical companies and health agencies are scrambling to fast-track experimental drugs and vaccines that could help.In the first phase ...
Firing range reports gun sales hike after Ferguson ST PETERS: Racially-charged protests in Ferguson are fueling an exponential increase in gun sales among mainly white customers at one of the premier shooting ranges in the country a 20-minute drive away.The Ultimate Defense Firing Range and Training Center in St Peters, outside St Louis, Missouri typically sells three to five guns a day, but in recent weeks the number has risen to 20 or 30."We've seen a tremendous run on hand guns, specifically, because ...
US jobless claims rise WASHINGTON: New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits rose last week but kept within the recent low range that suggests a modestly improving jobs market, according to official data released Wednesday.Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, increased by 21,000 to 313,000 in the week ending November 22, the Labor Department said. The prior week's level was upwardly revised to 292,000 from 291,000.The four-week moving average of claims rose by 6,250 to ...
Mexican leftist party's founder quits over 43 missing MEXICO CITY : The founder of Mexico's main left-wing party quit late Tuesday amid turmoil and infighting following a former mayor's role in the disappearance of 43 college students.Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, the historical leader of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), said in a letter to fellow members that he was "irrevocably" leaving the party.The PRD is the party of former Iguala mayor Jose Luis Abarca, who is accused of ordering police to attack a ...
Ferguson police officer says he has 'clean conscience' FERGUSON: The white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in the riot-hit US town of Ferguson said Tuesday he has a "clean conscience" and would do the same thing again.Darren Wilson said he feared for his life before he drew his gun -- the first time he had used his firearm on the job -- before opening fire, killing 18-year-old Michael Brown. "The reason I have a clean conscience is because I ...


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