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Five U.S. citizens are killed in Mexico in a week

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico

Five U.S. citizens are killed in Mexico in week

A U.S. university student was killed in a shooting attack on a car, becoming the fifth American slain in this violent border city in six days, Mexican and U.S. authorities said Wednesday. Eder Diaz, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, was killed Tuesday evening along with a classmate, the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez said in a statement. The consulate said it had not yet confirmed whether the other victim was also a U.S. citizen. All five of the American citizens killed since Friday were from El Paso, which is across the border from Ciudad Juarez.

Bodies found in mass grave: Mexican police recovered 18 bodies Wednesday in a mass grave identified in a narco-video as the burial site for 20 men who were kidnapped a month ago in the Pacific coast city of Acapulco.

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia

Volcanic explosion spurs more to flee

Searing gas and molten lava poured from Indonesia's deadly volcano in an explosion three times as powerful as last week's devastating blast, chasing people from villages and emergency shelters along its slopes. The blast dusted cars, trees and roads in towns up to 80 miles away in gray ash. No new casualties were reported after Wednesday's fiery explosion, which was followed just before dawn today by another booming tremor and ash cloud. More than 70,000 people have been forced from their homes by Mount Merapi's eruptions.

Glasgow, Scotland

Suspicious item found at airport

Part of Glasgow Airport in Scotland had to be evacuated after a suspicious package was found there Wednesday. The Associated Press said it was told by an airport official it could not identify under airport rules that the package was found in the security area where passengers are searched before they board a plane. The airport remained open late Wednesday. Glasgow police confirmed there is an "ongoing situation" at the airport but declined to provide further details.

MADRID

Mother happy with 10-year-old's baby

A Romanian Gypsy woman whose 10-year-old daughter just gave birth in Spain said she is delighted to have a new granddaughter and doesn't understand why the birth has shocked anyone, let alone become an international sensation. In comments published Wednesday, her mother told reporters that the baby's father is a 13-year-old boy who is still in Romania. The 10-year-old girl and her baby daughter plan to stay in Spain because the young couple separated, said the girl's mother. She identified herself only as Olimpia and appeared to be in her 30s.

JERUSALEM

Israel suspends talk with Britain

Israel has suspended a special strategic dialogue with London as long as Israeli officials visiting Britain face possible arrest for suspected war crimes against Palestinians, officials said Wednesday. The announcement came as British Foreign Secretary William Hague met with senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem. Officials from both countries said the matter would be high on the meeting's agenda, and the British Foreign Office said it was working to resolve it. British officials also said Hague would repeat Britain's criticism of West Bank settlements.

Times wires

Five U.S. citizens are killed in Mexico in a week 11/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 10:56pm]
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