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MH17 remains return home as govt battles fallout

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 01:36 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of the twin tragedies.

The bodies and ashes of 20 victims from the Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July were given full military honors and a day of national mourning was declared, the first in the country's history.


In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 01:06 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions.

Citing insufficient evidence, the high court of the southeastern province of Fujian overturned the guilty verdict against Nian Bin, a grocery shop owner accused of fatally poisoning a fellow villager's two children in 2006.


Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:04 AM

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.

But the 34-year-old Tijuana native feels right at home as soon as gets to work at Call Center Services International, where workers are greeted in English. Monterroso supervises five employees amid rows of small cubicles who spend eight hours a day dialing numbers across the United States to collect on credit card bills and other debts.


Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:40 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.

It was the first repatriation of victims from the flight to the country, which is still coming to terms with the disappearance of Flight 370 and its 239 passengers and crew earlier this year.


Mexico increases number of missing to 22,322

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:24 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has increased its calculation of the number of people who have disappeared since the start of the country's drug war in 2006 and now lists 22,322 as missing, officials said Thursday. It had said in May that 8,000 people were missing.

Assistant Attorney General Mariana Benitez said 12,532 people went missing during the 2006-12 administration of President Felipe Calderon, who declared war on drug traffickers. An additional 9,790 have disappeared since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office on Dec. 1, 2012.


Mexico nabs suspects with 10,000 sea turtle eggs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 08:28 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental prosecutors in Mexico say three suspects have been detained in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca with more than 10,000 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles.

The Attorney General for Environmental Protection says in a statement Thursday that police found two women and a man with 10,375 olive ridley turtle eggs during a passenger bus inspection in the town of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec.

The suspects told authorities they were traveling to the coastal city of Salina Cruz.


Europe, US mull UN resolution on Gaza truce

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 08:20 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the United States, Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable cease-fire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation, U.N. diplomats said Thursday.

Diplomats said the U.S., Israel's main ally, had joined the European effort to produce a resolution that would call for a ceasefire and advance the goal of a durable peace.


Charges dropped against Venezuelan protesters

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 07:28 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan courts have dropped all charges against hundreds of demonstrators detained during anti-government protests that wracked the South American country this spring.

A local human rights organization announced Thursday that 276 demonstrators no longer face prosecution for vandalism and inciting violence. Their arrests will not be noted on their records.


Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 07:16 PM

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.

The commission said in a statement Thursday that it took the action because Cyrus often "undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law."

Tickets ranging from $27 to $370 for the concert in the capital have been on sale since July.


Police tear gas, water cannons at Chilean protest

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 07:01 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Student protesters fled a tear gas truck and police water cannons used during a march through the Chilean capital Thursday, but no injuries or arrests were reported.

Thousands of young people unhappy with the pace of education reform under President Michelle Bachelet participated peacefully in the protest.

But dozens of unidentified people wearing masks interrupted the march, damaging traffic lights and signs, starting fires in trash containers and throwing sticks and stones at police.


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