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Mexico truck accident kills 23 pilgrims

At least 23 people have been killed in north-central Mexico after a truck lost its brakes and rammed into a crowd of Christian pilgrims. The deadly incident occurred on Wednesday on the main road in the town of Mazapil in the state of Zacatecas. “We have a total of 23 dead, ...

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Venezuela-Colombia border closed after merchant’s death

  An incident involving street vendors from Colombia and Venezuela’s National Guard has caused authorities from both countries to close the main border crossing between the two countries. Trouble reportedly started when Venezuelan authorities discovered a Colombian man on a hidden trail trying to smuggle goods across the notoriously porous ...

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Former diplomats urge Congress not to reject Iran accord

A group of former US diplomats has sent a letter to Congress, urging members of both chambers not to reject the nuclear agreement with Iran. The letter, signed by former undersecretaries of state and five former American ambassadors to Israel, says the July 14 accord “will leave Iran no legitimate ...

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Seven tortured bodies found in Mexico’s Guerrero

Officials in Mexico say seven bodies with signs of torture have been discovered in the country’s violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero. A statement from Guerrero’s prosecutor’s office said Thursday that the bodies, including a decapitated one, were all male and were discovered in the Zitlala township. The corpses had “visible ...

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Hundreds of protesting Bolivian miners clash with police

Hundreds of miners protesting their work conditions have clashed with police in the Bolivian capital of Sucre. Authorities said 44 people were arrested and one officer was injured in clashes in the capital on Wednesday. The government said a police officer was taken to a hospital after being hit in ...

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Venezuela arrests two ex-military officers over drug trafficking

Venezuelan authorities have detained two former military officers, including one wanted by the United States, on drug trafficking charges. Venezuela’s Interior Ministry, in a statement released on Tuesday, said an anti-narcotics task force had arrested former National Guard Captain Vassyly Villarroel Ramirez the previous day. Ramirez, 43, headed a trafficking ...

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Cuba urges US to ‘dismantle’ economic sanctions

Cuban President Raul Castro has called on his US counterpart Barack Obama to lift the more than 50-year-old economic sanctions placed on Havana. “We hope (Obama) will continue to use his executive powers to dismantle aspects of this policy, which is causing damage and hardships for our people,” Castro said ...

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California shooting leaves one dead, four injured

A shooting incident has left a man dead and four other people injured in central Stockton, California, according to US authorities. After receiving a call on Monday night, officers arrived at North California and East Hawthorne Streets in Stockton to see one man lying dead on the ground. Two men ...

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