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June 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An Indianapolis neighborhood united on the street for song and prayer outside the home where seven family members were killed in the city's worst mass killing in at least 25 years. Relatives said they were touched by the support. Emma Valdez, 46, and Alberto Covarrubias, 56, their two young children, Valdez's adult son and daughter, and Valdez's 5-year-old grandson were shot Thursday in a robbery.
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WORLD
February 24, 2006 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Iraqi officials ordered a daytime curfew in Baghdad and nearby provinces today as the death toll climbed past 100 in two days of sectarian attacks that began after the bombing of one of Shiite Islam's holiest sites. In the bloodiest incident Thursday, gunmen shot dead 47 people at a fake checkpoint north of Baghdad and left their bodies in a ditch. The escalating violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims has convulsed the nation and raised fears of civil war.
WORLD
February 14, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
A rumpled Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants, one in pajamas, were forced to appear in court Monday without their attorneys and face witnesses reluctant to testify against them, at a messy trial session marked by frequent shouting matches.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Six family members who were beaten to death last weekend were attacked with so much force that each died almost instantly, a county coroner said in Leola. Jesse Dee Wise, 21, the grandson of the oldest victim, admitted killing his relatives and dumping their bodies in the basement of the family home, police said.
WORLD
July 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazilian police occupied two Rio de Janeiro slums in search of a drug kingpin suspected of ordering a massacre of as many as 18 people, whose bodies were dumped on city streets this week. A security secretariat spokeswoman said criminals opened fire when officers invaded the hillside slums known as Kerosene and Sao Carlos in search of Tiago Teixeira, the 21-year-old kingpin known as Coelho, or Rabbit, in Portuguese.
WORLD
March 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen posing as security forces killed 21 people on a highway in southeastern Iran near the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan, the chief of police said. Iranian police called the assailants rebels. But there are no well-known opposition groups in southeastern Iran, a region known for drug trafficking.
WORLD
November 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Militiamen allied with Sudan's government killed about 50 civilians in Darfur, and witnesses reported seeing men in military officers' garb with the attackers, the United Nations said. Citing witnesses, the U.N. said mostly boys and elderly men died in the attack Sunday by 300 to 500 militiamen who swarmed villages and a relief camp.
WORLD
October 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Indian government has deferred the hanging of its most notorious criminal, Mohammed Afzal, convicted for his role in the December 2001 attack on Parliament that killed 14 people. A Home Ministry spokesman said the delay of the execution scheduled today was required to give President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam time to consider a clemency petition. Afzal, a Kashmiri Muslim, is the only person condemned to death for the attack on Parliament.
WORLD
May 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The body count grew in Sao Paulo as Brazilian police killed 22 more suspects, taking the death toll to 156 since violence began Friday. Officers lost 41 colleagues during the unrest. Police did not identify the latest slain suspects, media reported. Rights activists said they feared innocent people might have been killed.
WORLD
January 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Officials said Friday that drug traffickers probably were behind the slayings of six Mexican prison employees and said the victims were specifically chosen. Federal prisons temporarily suspended all visits by relatives. In a news conference in Matamoros, prosecutor Marco Antonio Ramirez said a group of assassins, dressed in black, set up a roadblock near the prison, stopping only the victims' cars and allowing others to pass. It was unclear why they were targeted.
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