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Texas gunman kills at least six, including children: police CHICAGO: A gunman killed at least four children and two adults during a domestic dispute in Texas on Wednesday that triggered a tense standoff with police.A woman was also fighting for her life after suffering a gunshot wound to the head during the incident in Spring, outside Houston, Harris County Constable Ron Hickman told AFP.The woman was airlifted to an area hospital, where she remains in critical condition, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.One of the killed children died after arriving at hospital. The two slain adults were men, Hickman said.Before being taken to hospital, the woman was able to tell authorities where the suspect, a relative, was headed, triggering a police chase that lasted at least 20 minutes."We got him in a cul-de-sac," said Hickman, after at least an hour had passed during which the suspect sat in his vehicle surrounded by about 50 police with their guns ...

De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as Syria peace mediator UNITED NATIONS: Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura is to be named the new UN mediator for Syria on Wednesday, taking on the Herculean task of finding a political solution to the devastating civil war, diplomats said.He is to replace Lakhdar Brahimi who resigned in May after two rounds of peace talks yielded no concrete results and as the conflict escalated into a fourth year, killing more than 162,000.His nomination has been confirmed to members of ...
Rajaratnam brother cleared in Galleon insider case NEW YORK: A US court on Tuesday cleared the brother of jailed hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam of insider trading in the Galleon Group scandal.A former portfolio manager at the Galleon hedge fund founded by his older brother, Rengan Rajaratnam was charged last year with conspiracy and securities fraud related to trading in technology stocks in 2008.Prosecutors had alleged he worked with Raj Rajaratnam to trade on insider information in Clearwire Corp. and Advanced Micro ...
Mexico lower house committees pass telecom bill MEXICO CITY: Mexican committees in the lower house of Congress on Monday approved legislation needed to implement a reform of the phone and TV markets that seeks to rein in telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim and broadcaster Televisa. Lawmakers passed the general framework of the bill, but they made dozens of reservations on specific parts of the legislation which will be debated on the floor of lower house on Tuesday before lawmakers take a full vote. ...
US says will work with Germany to resolve new spy row WASHINGTON: The United States pledged Monday to cool a new spy row with Germany after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned reports of involving an alleged German double agent and the CIA could mark a fresh breach of trust between allies.Revelations that a 31-year-old German intelligence operative was suspected of espionage revived suspicion between Berlin and Washington which had barely ebbed following reports last year the US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped Merkel's cellphone.Merkel, who was furious ...
Newborn baby among dead as quake hits Mexico, Guatemala PALENQUE: A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Mexico and Guatemala on Monday killing at least three people -- including a newborn baby at a hospital -- and injuring dozens.The quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 7.1, struck the Pacific coast of Mexico's Chiapas state at about 1124 GMT at a depth of 60 kilometers (37 miles), the US Geological Survey said.The epicenter was just two kilometers from the Mexican town of Puerto Madero, and ...
Nine dead in weekend surge of shootings in Chicago CHICAGO: At least nine people were murdered in Chicago over the Independence Day weekend in an explosion of gun violence branded "simply unacceptable" by its mayor.There were 50 shootings from suppertime Thursday through midnight Sunday in the third most populous city in the United States, police said, triggering introspection and calls for drastic action.The Chicago Tribune gave an even higher toll, saying 82 people were shot, 14 fatally, over the July 4 holiday long weekend ...


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