Gunmen have killed at least nine people and injured six more in an attack on a cattle ranch in southern Mexico, authorities have said.
At least 40 people launched the attack outside the home of a prominent cattle breeder in Guerrero state, police said. It was the second attack to target ranchers in as many days. On Saturday at least seven people died in another shooting in the same state.
Guerrero has experienced a wave of violence blamed on drug cartels. The ranch in Petatlan attacked on Sunday belongs to Rogaciano Alba Alvarez, the head of the Guerrero cattlemen’s association. Officials said the gunmen drove up to the ranch in pick-up trucks early on Sunday morning before opening fire.
A day earlier, at least seven ranchers attending a meeting of the cattlemen’s association in the city of Iguala were killed. The motive for the attack on Mr. Alba is not clear, but the scale of both attacks and the firepower used suggest clear links to organized crime, he says.
Organized crime and drugs trafficking seems to be the all time disease for Mexico that keeps it in that low condition with no way out.
A UK couple on holiday in Portugal had their young children temporarily taken into protective custody after they collapsed drunk, officials have said.
Staff at the Aparthotel Mourabel, in Vilamoura on the Algarve called police after they passed out on Friday night.
The children aged one, two and six were taken to a children’s home in Faro while their parents were treated at a health centre in Loule.
The couple did not comment, but the home’s director called it “shocking”.
Dr Luis Villas-Boas said: “It is the first time it has happened in my 22 years working at this home.
Portugal’s reputation was really hurt from Madeleine McCann’s case which apparently I still feel that the parents had their part and I’m not convinced for their innocence but this case came to prove that all British tourists are not angels …on the contrary!
An African leader has dismissed the UN’s food agency as a “waste of money” and called for it to be scrapped.
President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal spoke out days after the UN announced an emergency plan to bring soaring world food prices under control. Mr. Wade said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was itself largely to blame for the price rises.
His comments came as bakers in Nigeria began a week-long national strike in protest at the cost of flour and sugar. Some global food prices have nearly doubled in the past three years, provoking riots and other protests in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
A bitter truth coming from the one who lives the problem?
Five police officers have been killed by a roadside bomb in Grozny, the capital of the Russian republic of Chechnya, officials have said.
The officers were working on security ahead of the inauguration of Russia’s president-elect Dmitry Medvedev. Major fighting between Chechen rebels and Russian forces has died down in recent years but hit and run attacks on security forces have continued. The attack, late on Sunday, is the most lethal in many months.
The Russian nemesis again in focus!
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