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September 16, 2010 | Times Wire Services
— Gunmen attacked two newspaper photographers Thursday in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing one and seriously wounding the other. Luis Carlos Santiago and Carlos Sanchez of the Diario de Juarez were driving to lunch when gunmen in two cars intercepted them and opened fire. Santiago was killed and Sanchez was in serious condition. Santiago started working for the newspaper two weeks ago, and Sanchez is an intern. Mexican journalists are increasingly targeted by drug cartels seeking to control the flow of information.
August 23, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Torrential downpours caused the rain-swollen Yalu River on the North Korea- China border to overflow Sunday, prompting the evacuation of 5,000 North Koreans who remained "at the crossroads of life and death," according to state-run news media there. In Sinuiju, a North Korean riverside town across from the Chinese city of Dandong, flash floods submerged houses and farms and paralyzed roads as the military was deployed to aid survivors, according to Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency.
June 15, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
A shootout between Mexican soldiers and gunmen Tuesday left at least 14 people dead in the scenic mining town of Taxco, known to tourists for its silver jewelry. Authorities in the southern state of Guerrero said all those killed during the morning shootout appeared to be gunmen. State officials had not provided more details by late afternoon. Mexican news reports said the shooting broke out when troops went to search a suspected criminal hide-out in Taxco, a picturesque town of stone-paved streets and silver shops that draws thousands of visitors each year.
June 10, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A suicide bomber killed at least 40 people and wounded more than 70 late Wednesday during a wedding in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, local officials said. A police official said Thursday that a suicide bomber went to a party in Nagahan village in Arghandab district where hundreds of people were sitting and blew himself up. The explosion came during the wedding dinner, between 9:30 and 10 p.m., reportedly striking the area where male guests were dining separately from the women.
April 14, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
The death toll from the Mexican government's three-year war on drug cartels is far higher than previously reported -- more than 22,000, according to news reports published Tuesday that cited confidential government figures. The figure is significantly higher than tallies assembled by Mexican media. They estimate that more than 18,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown against drug-trafficking groups after taking office in December 2006. The unofficial media tallies have often been cited by foreign news outlets, including The Times.
March 17, 2010
Today Alan Thicke; Kendra Wilkinson. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Gerard Butler. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Regis and Kelly Jude Law; Mindy Kaling. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Dr. Drew Pinsky; Mindy McCready; Mackenzie Phillips; Jennifer Gimenez; Jennie Ketcham. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors The body's clues; Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed discuss Shannon's health scare. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Martha Stewart Show Colin Quinn.
January 11, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
As the number of sources for news proliferates on digital platforms, most original reporting still comes from newspapers, television and radio. A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism that surveyed news gathering in Baltimore as an example of nationwide trends found that 95% of stories with fresh information came from "old media," and the vast majority of that from newspapers. "The expanding universe of new media, including blogs, Twitter and local websites -- at least in Baltimore -- played only a limited role: mainly an alert system and a way to disseminate stories from other places," the study's authors write.
January 7, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
He rarely leaves his secure confines in Pyongyang, but Asian news reports cite signs that reclusive North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il is preparing for a trip to Beijing. Kim, who is believed to have traveled to China four times since 2000, two of them in the month of January, could be ready to announce his nation's return to the six-party nuclear disarmament talks, some analysts say. North Korea's desperate economy, weakened by international sanctions after Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests last year, could force Kim back to the bargaining table in the hopes of extracting food and financial aid. Kim's previous trips abroad have signaled new business ventures or a renewed push for nuclear talks.
December 27, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Beirut and Tehran — The Iranian capital erupted in massive and fiery protests today as thousands of protesters clashed with security forces on the occasion of an important Shiite Muslim holiday. A witness told The Times that Iranian security forces have opened fire with live ammunition against unarmed protesters in a central square in the capital. And an opposition news website reported that at least three protesters have been killed and two injured. The report could not be independently confirmed and a police source denied the reports of deaths in a comment to the pro-government Fars News Agency.
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