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Hundreds rally against drug violence in Mexican city

Mexico

Hundreds rally against drug violence in city

Hundreds of people marched Saturday against the drug gang violence besieging the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, gathering at a bridge where they simulated the massacre of a group of teenagers last month. The protesters dropped to the ground as masked people dressed in black arrived at the scene, pretending to be the gunmen who killed 15 people in a working-class neighborhood on Jan. 30. The bloodshed has made the city of 1.3 million, which lies across the border from El Paso, Texas, one of the world's deadliest. Also Saturday, police found the bullet-ridden bodies of five men in a town in the southwestern corner of Chihuahua state. And a decapitated body was found dumped by the highway leading into the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

Myanmar

A top opposition figure is released

Myanmar's ruling junta released the deputy leader of the country's pro-democracy party from nearly seven years in detention but offered no indication that he or still-detained party leader Aung San Suu Kyi would be allowed to take part in this year's elections. The release Saturday of 82-year-old Tin Oo, who helped found the National League for Democracy with Suu Kyi, comes shortly before a U.N. envoy visits Myanmar, also known as Burma, to evaluate the regime's progress on human rights.

gERMANY

Rival protesters confront neo-Nazis

About 5,000 members of neo-Nazi and skinhead groups marched in the eastern German city of Dresden on Saturday, countered by a human chain around the city center of 10,000 counterdemonstrators. The human chain was organized by the city government as part of the 65th anniversary of the 1945 Allied bombing of Dresden, a statement on the city's Web site said. For more than a decade, anti-immigrant and skinhead groups have exploited the anniversary of the bombing.

CHINA

20 asylum seekers are facing trial

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has indicated that 20 Uighur asylum seekers who were deported from Cambodia to China in December are being or have been put on trial for what China considers criminal activities. Officials have said the Uighurs were being investigated for possible crimes related to deadly ethnic rioting that broke out in the western region of Xinjiang in July.

Elsewhere

Sri Lanka: President Mahin­da Rajapaksa promised to follow due process in the sedition investigation of the defeated presidential candidate and ex-army chief whose arrest has pushed the nation into turmoil.

Nigeria: At least 20 bus passengers in Port Harcourt were killed on Saturday when a cable fell onto the bus and electrocuted people inside, police said.

Times wires

Hundreds rally against drug violence in Mexican city 02/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 13, 2010 9:12pm]

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