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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 200 kilometers from Guatemala City.About 10 minor aftershocks rattled the region, causing more panic and triggering landslides, and authorities warned the toll of dead and injured could rise as the scale of the tragedy became clear.Two of the dead were in Mexico and a baby died in a hospital in Guatemala's western border state of San Marcos when part of a ceiling caved in, President Otto Perez told reporters.Perez added that 35 people had been ...

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 ...
US 'will stem tide' of child immigrants: official WASHINGTON: Deportations are being stepped up of illegal migrants along the US border, a top Obama adminstration official said on Sunday, defending the White House's handling of a flood of undocumented children.Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told NBC television's "Meet the Press" that officials have reduced the "turnaround times" for migrants illegally entering the country along the Mexican border."I believe we're going to stem this tide," said Johnson, who added that the administration also ...
Mexico police detain alleged serial child killer MEXICO CITY: Mexican police have detained a man who allegedly murdered four children and a woman in a small town in the center of the country, authorites said on Saturday, as statistics show a marked increased in the number of women being murdered. The state attorney's office in the town of San Luis Potosi said Filiberto Hernandez, 43, was detained on Thursday and confessed to five murders between 2010 and 2013.The office said he also ...
Billionaire conservative donor Richard Mellon Scaife dies, 82 WASHINGTON: Richard Mellon Scaife, a generous donor to US conservative causes and heir to a sizeable banking fortune, died Friday according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper that he owned. He was 82.In a column that appeared in the publication in May, Scaife said he suffered from "an untreatable form of cancer"."Some who dislike me may rejoice at this news. Naturally, I can't share their enthusiasm," he wrote.Conservatives across the country paid tribute to Scaife ...
Kerry makes Karzai call amid Afghan poll fears WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday and urged him to address concerns of the rivals vying to succeed him, amid fears an election dispute could trigger instability.Kerry also "stressed the importance of national unity and a peaceful political process," a State Department spokesperson said, after the preliminary result of Afghanistan's presidential election run-off was delayed for days for a recount of ballots in 2,000 voting centers.Afghan voters ...
US Navy gets its first four-star female admiral WASHINGTON: The US Navy has promoted a woman to the rank of a four-star admiral for the first time in its 238-year history, a milestone for females in the American military.In a ceremony on Tuesday, Michelle Howard was promoted to vice chief of naval operations, the number two job in the service, after having already shattered barriers in previous posts in the navy.Howard, 54, is known for commanding a counter-piracy task force in the Gulf ...


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