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Mexico arrests a key leader of Zetas gang

Reporting from Mexico City— A high-ranking member of the Zetas crime group suspected of widespread drug trafficking has been arrested, Mexican officials said Thursday. Carlos Oliva Castillo, known as “Frog,” was captured Wednesday in the northern city of Saltillo, where he allegedly ran drug-trafficking operations spanning several states, said Col. Ricardo Trevilla, spokesman for the armed forces. Gunmen sought to ...

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Hedge fund exec gets 11 years for insider trading

NEW YORK — Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund billionaire at the center of the biggest insider-trading case in U.S. history, was sentenced Thursday to 11 years behind bars – the stiffest punishment ever handed out for the crime. “His crimes and the scope of his crimes reflect a virus in our business culture that needs to be eradicated,” U.S. District ...

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‘Underwear bomber’ pleads guilty in airline plot

The terrorism trial of the man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to blow up an international flight to Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 has ended with the Nigerian defendant accepting responsibility but justifying his failed attack on the United States. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab abruptly pleaded guilty to eight felonies Wednesday, halting the trial ...

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King of Bhutan marries his commoner bride

PUNAKHA, Bhutan (AP) — The beloved king of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan married his commoner bride Thursday in an ancient Buddhist ceremony at the country’s most sacred monastery fortress. King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, wearing the raven crown, came down from his golden throne in front of a huge statue of Buddha to place a smaller, silk brocade ...

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Has Gaddafi’s playboy son been captured? Confusion as revolutionary forces close in on Mutassim

Captured: Mutassim Gaddafi is believed to be the first of the dictator’s children to be caught by rebel fighters Confusion has been growing in Libya over reports that Colonel Gaddafi’s son Mutassim was captured trying to flee the ousted leader’s besieged home city of Sirte. In what would be a propaganda coup for the rebel forces, the playboy – an ...

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A burning hatred October 13, 2011

This weekend sees Lazio take on Roma and Liverpool host Manchester United (as discussed in and ). Here, we look at some of the most hate-filled rivalries in world football. Bulgaria’s Eternal Derby (CSKA Sofia vs Levski Sofia) AssociatedLevski fans clash with riot police during the 2005 Super Cup clash with CSKA With its roots in the 1940s, many see ...

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Many freed Palestinians may be deported

A Hamas official has leaked details about a historic prisoner swap deal with Israel that will see 1,027 Palestinian prisoners released in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by the group in 2006. The official said on Thursday that out of the 450 Palestinian prisoners to be released in the first phase of the exchange, about 272 will be allowed ...

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French sex assault inquiry into Strauss-Kahn case dropped

PARIS (Reuters) – The French public prosecutor’s office will not pursue a French writer’s complaint of attempted rape against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn due to lack of evidence, it said on Thursday. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that evidence existed suggesting sexual assault but that pursuit on these grounds was not possible under the statute of limitations. ...

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Kazakhstan passes restrictive religion law

ALMATY, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s president on Thursday approved a bill tightening registration rules for religious groups that has been described by critics as a blow to freedom of belief in the ex-Soviet nation. Supporters of the bill signed into law by Nursultan Nazarbayev say it will help combat religious extremism, an issue that has come to the fore after a ...

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King of Bhutan marries in elaborate ceremony

Blessed wedding: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, center, and Queen Jetsun Pema, center rear, greet locals during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan, Thursday. The 31-year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom wed his commoner bride in a series ceremonies Thursday in the 17th century monastic fortress. (AP/Kevin Frayer)The fifth Dragon King ...

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