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Mexico cartel’s teen assassin gets max: 3 years

MEXICO CITY – A juvenile court judge Tuesday found the child assassin nicknamed El Ponchis guilty of multiple murders, kidnappings and other crimes, then sentenced him to three years in jail, the maximum allowed by state law. Edgar Jimenez Lugo, who just turned 15, helped murder four men and kidnap three others last year at the service of a major ...

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Egypt’s unending crisis

A post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt is hardly the epitome of peace and stability as envisaged by tens of thousands. Though the Egyptian military leadership made a critical choice by siding with the popular protests at the right time, their standing at present seems to have sunk low enough to merit concern. Egypt today is mired in political uncertainty as it lumbers ...

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IMF chief warns of global dangers of US default

WASHINGTON ‘ IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned Tuesday the clock was ticking on a US debt deal, as the dollar slid to new lows amid concerns of a looming and unprecedented default by the world’s top economy. With a week to go before the United States hits an August 2 deadline when the government runs out of funds to pay ...

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UN races to get food to hungry Somali refugees

DOLO, Somalia-The U.N. will airlift emergency rations this week to parts of drought-ravaged Somalia that militants banned it from more than two years ago — a crisis intervention to keep hungry refugees from dying along what an official calls the “roads of death.” The foray into the famine zone is a desperate attempt to reach at least 175,000 of the ...

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Norway killer ‘insane’ says his lawyer

The lawyer for the gunman behind last week’s attacks in Norway that killed at least 76 people has said his client appears to be insane. “This whole case indicated that he is insane,” Geir Lippestad told journalists on Tuesday about Anders Behring Breivik, who has claimed responsibility for Friday’s bomb attack on the Oslo government and subsequent shooting spree on a ...

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Western powers and rebels may be open to Gadhafi staying in Libya after stepping down

TRIPOLI, Libya – An international consensus may be emerging over allowing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to remain in the country if he steps down. Western countries and Libyan rebels long insisted Gadhafi leave the country, as a condition for ending the five-month-old civil war. British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday became the latest Western official to suggest Gadhafi could ...

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Obama calls for compromise amid stalemate in debt talks

Obama offers ‘balanced’ solution to debt Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama called on the American public to pressure elected officials to work out a compromise to raise the federal debt ceiling and avoid a potentially devastating default. A deal would allow the government to continue borrowing money to pay its debts after August 2. The challenge came during the ...

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