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U.S. INQUIRY LOOKS INTO TWO TRANSIT DEATHS

SAN FRANCISCO

Federal authorities said Sunday that they were investigating an accident that killed two workers for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system on Saturday, less than 48 hours after employees of the commuter railroad went on strike. The two workers, a contractor and an employee of the transit system, known as BART, were inspecting a section of track in the East Bay when an out-of-service train that was under computer control struck them. The workers' names have not been released. Two investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in San Francisco on Sunday and were briefed by BART officials. Transit system employees have been embroiled in a dispute for months with BART management over wages, safety procedures, pensions and health benefits. Negotiations that both sides said had brought them close to a deal broke down Thursday, and employees walked off the job Friday.

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MEXICO

Reported spying by U.S. is criticized

Mexico's government said Sunday it "categorically condemns" email spying, after a German news magazine reported that documents from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden say the United States gained access to the email system of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. A report posted by Der Spiegel said the documents describe an operation that accessed an email server used by Calderon and his Cabinet. The Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry said U.S. spying on Mexico was "unacceptable, unlawful and contrary to Mexican law and international law."

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Elsewhere

Iraq: A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a crowded cafe Sunday in Baghdad, and moments later another suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at the scene, police said. Together, the explosions killed 54 people and wounded more than 70.

South Sudan: Rebels in South Sudan killed at least 41 people and wounded 63 in a gun attack in a remote part of the country's restive Jonglei state, a regional official said Sunday.

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