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April 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Gunmen reportedly overtook a town north of Baghdad as battles continued to rage Thursday between Iraqi government forces and Sunni fighters. The violence began Tuesday after security forces stormed a Sunni Muslim protest encampment in Hawija, spurring clashes and revenge attacks that spread throughout Sunni areas. More than 100 people have reportedly lost their lives over the past three days. Protests had simmered for months ahead of the Hawija clashes, as Sunni demonstrators charged that they had been marginalized and mistreated by the Shiite Muslim-dominated government.
April 25, 2013 | By Ned Parker
BEIRUT - At least 41 people died Thursday on the third straight day of pitched fighting between Iraqi security forces and Sunni Arabs, as Prime Minister Nouri Maliki warned the country was in crisis. The national police battled back Sunni fighters in the northern city of Mosul, long a bastion of the insurgency, where individuals took up arms after security forces opened fire early Tuesday on an encampment of Sunni protesters in the city of Hawija in Kirkuk province. The violence this week ended four months of largely peaceful Sunni protests centered on the group's alleged mistreatment by Iraq's Shiite Muslim-led government.
March 7, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Gunmen shot at the offices of El Diario de Juarez newspaper early Wednesday in the latest attack against a news organization in northern Mexico and days after an editor was killed near the U.S. border. No one was injured when gunmen driving past the paper's Ciudad Juarez offices fired seven rounds from a pistol just after 1 a.m., piercing windows, El Diario reported (link in Spanish). Fifteen minutes later, shots were fired at the city's Canal 44 news station. Nine people were held for questioning late Wednesday in connection with the attack after local authorities and Chihuahua state Gov. Cesar Duarte pledged to find the assailants.
March 5, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI, India - Malaysian fighter jets and ground forces attacked an estimated 200 Filipino gunmen who are claiming a remote part of the island of Borneo after 27 died in earlier, unsuccessful efforts to dislodge them. The Filipinos arrived in mid-February on the east coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah, which is on Borneo, demanding recognition for a sultanate that once ruled the area. They are believed to be hiding near a coastal palm-oil plantation. "Our security forces were attacked and killed,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement announcing Tuesday's offensive.
February 21, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Early Tuesday morning, Metta World Peace was awakened to a bizarre scenario. "I'm in my underwear and my son says, 'Hey dad, there's police at the door,'" World Peace said in an interview with The Times after the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics on Wednesday evening. "So I jump out, I'm nervous. I see these police with rifles and scopes. "I'm like, 'What happened?' I don't know what's going on at this point. 'What happened, what happened?' And then the police was like, 'The building is being taken over by guys downstairs.'" Apparently the guys downstairs were three actors in a movie that World Peace's company, Artest Media Group, is producing about life on the streets.
February 19, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Gunmen on motorcycles kidnapped seven French tourists, including four children, who had been staying at a nature reserve in Cameroon near its border with Nigerian border, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday. "They have been taken by a terrorist group that we know and that is in Nigeria," Hollande told reporters during a visit to Greece. The attack came a day after the Nigerian extremist group Ansaru claimed responsibility for kidnapping seven foreigners in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state Saturday in revenge for France's military action in Mali.
February 8, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Nine women working to immunize children against polio were killed Friday when gunmen opened fire on them in northern Nigeria, Kano state police said. Women involved in the vaccination drive were targeted in two areas of the northern city of Kano, news reports said. Witnesses told the Associated Press that the death toll appeared to be higher than what police had reported, saying eight were killed in one attack and four were dead in another. One injured woman told Agence France-Presse that two men stormed into a clinic and started shooting, then set a curtain on fire and fled, shutting the door.
February 6, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
As a kidnapped 5-year-old boy cried for his mother from an underground bunker in Alabama last week, Larry Park, Jodi Heffington Medrano and others relived a decades-old California drama with uncanny similarities: Chowchilla, when gunmen snatched a school bus full of children and buried them alive in a ransom attempt. Park, now 43, hadn't forgotten the hell that started on a hot school bus ride when he was 6, nor the men who buried him, the bus driver and 25 other children in a moving van. But he was finally in a good place.
February 5, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Six Spanish tourists on vacation in Acapulco were raped by masked gunmen who burst into their lodgings in the middle of the night, roughed up their companions and made off with cash, laptops and other valuables, authorities said. The attack early Monday on what was in Mexico a long holiday weekend came as the one-time tourist mecca struggles to salvage its reputation. Acapulco, faded gem of Mexico's Pacific coast, has become one of the deadliest cities in the country as rival drug traffickers fight for control.
January 19, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - It was a bloody ordeal with tick-tock drama and a watching world. The hostages at a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert faced four harrowing days trapped between two dangers: Islamist militants who forced some of them to wear explosives belts, and the Algerian military, which showed no inclination to negotiate for their release. After the army carried out its "final assault" Saturday, Algerian officials said that at least 23 hostages and 32 militants had been killed since gunmen startled the world and rallied Al Qaeda-linked extremists by storming the complex before dawn Wednesday.
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