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Mexicans occupy prosecutor's office in 43 missing case CHILPANCINGO: Hundreds of protesters stormed a federal prosecutor's office in southern Mexico Monday in the latest demonstration against the government's handling of the apparent slaughter of 43 students.Some 300 people, some wearing masks, occupied the building in the Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo for around four hours, a state security official told AFP.Nearly all staff left the attorney general's office during the occupation, the official said on condition of anonymity. The protesters spray-painted "43 are missing" on the walls.The demonstrators included members of the radical CETEG teachers union, which has participated in violent protests in recent weeks, including the burning of the state government headquarters and local legislature.Tens of thousands of people protested in Mexico City and other regions last week, demanding that the authorities find the 43 young men who attended a teacher-training college near Chilpancingo safe and sound.Authorities say members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang confessed to killing ...

US man freed after 36 years in jail, guilt in doubt LOS ANGELES: A 68-year-old man was released from prison in California on Monday after 36 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling casting doubt on his murder conviction. Michael Hanline was found guilty in 1978 of killing motorcyclist J.T. McGarry and jailed for life without the possibility of parole, but had always proclaimed his innocence."Investigations... have found new evidence that casts doubt upon the correctness of the jury's verdict," said the district attorney of Ventura ...
Mexico ex-police official arrested in student abductions MEXICO CITY: A former police chief in Cocula, the Mexican town where witnesses say 43 missing students were massacred, was arrested for allegedly participating in handing the young men over to a criminal gang, prosecutors said Friday.Cesar Nava Gonzalez was arrested on November 16, the statement said, calling the former official a "member of the Guerreros Unidos criminal organization."The teacher college students' disappearance and presumed slaughter has infuriated Mexicans fed up with corruption, impunity and ...
Obama presses on with immigration plan as clash looms LAS VEGAS: US President Barack Obama staunchly defended his unilateral move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation Friday, pledging to implement his controversial plan despite furious criticism from congressional opponents.The controversial overhaul, praised by many immigration rights activists, provides three-year relief for millions of undocumented people who have lived in the country for more than five years and have children that are US citizens or legal residents.According to the president, it also channels ...
Criminal investigation closed against Bogota mayor BOGOTA: Colombian prosecutors closed a criminal investigation Friday into Bogota's mayor, who was temporarily removed from office last year following a months-long battle in court.Gustavo Petro, a former leader of the now defunct M-19 guerrilla group, was elected to serve as mayor of Bogota, home to seven million people, from 2012 to 2016.But he was sacked in December by Colombia's inspector general, who said Petro had abused his powers by eliminating private garbage collection contracts ...
Immigration row fuels early 2016 US presidential race WASHINGTON: When President Barack Obama unveiled his immigration plan and Republican rivals howled their disapproval, the drama signaled not just a clash of political positions: it kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign.Several likely Republican White House contenders -- and a very prominent Democrat, Hillary Clinton -- provided some of the most visible early reactions to the president's controversial executive order.Their statements helped draw the battle lines of Washington's immigration warfare that is sure to extend ...
Ailing Thai King unable to meet ministers BANGKOK: Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year-old's health. The two ministers were supposed to accompany junta leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha to meet the world's longest serving monarch on Friday evening to swear an oath in front of him before taking up office.But the palace said his medical team had advised against the king going ...


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