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Sunday, December 30, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter un vato

El Diario/Proceso

12-29-2012

Anabel Hernandez

Translated by un vato for Borderland Beat

During the six-year Calderon administration, and as a result of his war against drug trafficking, 25,276 persons acquired the classification of “desaparecidos” (disappeared). They are 25,276 human beings who officially are neither alive nor dead. They simply are not there. They are only statistics, but behind each of them there is a woman, a man, or a child with names, last names and families, and of whom so far nothing is known. This weekly journal gained access to the “Integrated Database of Persons not Found” (Base Integrada de Personas no Localizadas) and  the report from all the attorneys general in the country, which was presented last July 17 (2012). From an analysis of both documents comes the first official count of the “disappeared” in Mexico, a phenomenon that is part of the inheritance that, like it or not, the government of Enrique Pena Nieto received and must confront.
Distrito Federal (Proceso).– Disappeared Person No. 2,586: Martha Teresa Chacon Corral. Housewife born in Durango, Durango; 1.70 meters (5’7″) tall, medium build, medium dark skin, wavy brown hair, has some facial discoloration.  On February 14, 2011, after 5:00 p.m.,she was with her son, Jose Angel Martinez Chacon, in her home, when two men entered all the way into the ironing room, where Martha Teresa was, and took her. She was wearing blue jeans, cap, grey T-shirt with blue sleeves, pink felt boots and a pink sweatshirt. Since then, her whereabouts are not known.
Disappeared Person No. 15,822: Newborn male whose parents did not have time to register. March 33, 2007, in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, disappeared. The report was filed that same day.
Case No. 22,889: Juan Antonio Mota Macias, 28 years old. Commander of a Zacatecas corrections facility (Centro de Readaptacion Social). On March 11, 2010, at 1:30 in the afternoon he was in his home in the town of Trancoso, Zacatecas, with his wife and son, when a group of armed men came into his house and took him. He was wearing underwear only and was barefoot. At this time, his whereabouts are unknown.
Brothers Gerardo and Eduardo Bahena Cabrera are numbers 2,728 and 2,739 on the list. The first was 29 years old and the second, 26. Members of the Armed Navy (Marines), they disappeared on January 1, 2010, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and nothing is known about them since.

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All are part of the list of persons who disappeared in Mexico during Felipe Calderon’s war against drug trafficking, and they are in a report drafted by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the justice departments of all the states and the Distrito Federal. They are simply some of the thousands of women, men, children and babies that during six years appear to have vanished on a highway, a military road block, in their homes, on the way to grocery store or simply out walking.
While the government of Enrique Pena Nieto and local authorities have remained silent regarding the list of persons who disappeared in Mexico from December, 2006, to July, 2012, Proceso obtained access to the  “Integrated Database of Persons not Found” and to the most recent report created by the PGR and the attorneys general of 32 states and the Federal District (Distrito Federal) that was presented July 17 (2012) at the Interior Ministry  (Secretaria de Gobernacion).

The database and the report jointly reflect the horror of the “desaparecidos” in Mexico. The integrated database, updated to February, 2012, contains 20,851 cases, but the report presented on July 17 states that the number of disappeared persons reached 25,276. On Tuesday, December 18, Proceso had access to the documents and analyzed the statistics and facts. This is the first information about the Calderon’s government human disaster.

According to the investigation and the official documents that  were accessed, the “Integrated Database of Persons not Found” and the attorneys general report presented on July 17, 2012, at the Interior Ministry was prepared and organized by personnel at the PGR’s Planning , Analysis and Information Center against Crime (Cenapi; Centro de Planeacion, Analisis e Informacion para el Combate a la Delincuencia). Cenapi gathered and organized the information provided by the state attorneys general.

Each disappeared person was assigned a number, the date, state, township or police station and town where the disappearance took place were noted, and the date of each particular report. The name of the disappeared person was noted, along with the age, gender, occupation, nationality and aliases, if this was known. The report also details whether there are photographs of the person.

Also, there was a section where their physical and health characteristics were described, as well as the registration of any vehicle the person may have been traveling on and a brief description of the incident. Finally, it was thought advisable to also include data about the relative who reported the disappearance.
On reviewing the data, one can see that not all the states include the same degree of detail in the information about the victims. Some states provided very vague information.
The numbers in the database only reflect those disappeared persons for whom there was a report made or police complaint filed. Disappearances not reported (to the authorities) are not included, as in the case, for example, of undocumented immigrants that cross Mexican territory on their way to the United States.

Through the National Commission for Human Rights (Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos) it is known that there are hundreds or thousands more cases.

In addition to the reports provided by local authorities, Cenapi added information from the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN; Centro de Investigacion y Seguridad Nacional), according to the documents that were reviewed for this article.
The integrated database contains just one case from 2005, which was not reported until 2006, without specifying the date; there’s also a report from August, 2006), but the rest involves persons who disappeared between December 1, 2006, and February, 2012. The figure of 20,851 (disappeared) persons was obtained from this document.
According to official documents that Proceso has, on May 24 and 25, during the XXVII Ordinary Session of the Plenary Meeting of the National Conference on Procurement of Justice (XXVII Sesion Ordinaria de la Asamblea Plenaria de la Conferencia Nacional de Procuracion de Justicia) in Monterrey, the PGR and the state prosecutors agreed to complement and finalize the reports in the database no later than June 5, 2012, and to develop a permanent method for amplifying, updating and validating the information.

In that session, it was also agreed that, in order to comply with the requirements in the decree by which the Law for the National Registry of Facts on Lost or Disappeared Persons (Ley del Registro Nacional de Datos de Personas Extraviadas o Desaparecidas) was promulgated, information referring to the “general facts about persons not located” should be forwarded to the National System of Public Security.

According to the document, of which Proceso has a copy, “towards that end, on June 13, the PGR/Cenapi and the National Information Center of the National System of Public Security began to work on a project proposal, taking into consideration the structure of the database required and the legal document upon which to base the corresponding exchange of information, in order to comply with the referenced law.”
As far as can be determined, the intent was to make the numbers public. But it didn’t happen that way.
The numbers increased noticeably in the reports provided by the state attorneys general and Cenapi personnel began to clean up the list to determine how many of the disappeared persons had already been found, dead or alive, so they could have a figure that was closer to reality.
The numbers were overwhelming. No government was safe, except the Nayarit government, which reported zero disappearances. All of them, including the federal government, maintained silence on the numbers.
On July 17, 2012, in the third national meeting of the Executive Secretaries of the state public security systems or councils at the Interior Ministry, a report was presented on the progress on the Collaboration Agreement for the Unification, Integration and Exchange of Information on the Matter of Persons not Found (Convenio de Colaboracion para la Unificacion, Integracion e Intercambio de Informacion en Materia de Personas no Localizadas).

The gross number of disappeared persons was 29,386, but it was cleaned up: 3,895 persons were found alive and 215 were found dead. The final number was 25,276. This report is not as detailed as the database, but is instead a summary, updated up to the day of the meeting, of the number of persons whose disappearance was confirmed.

Cenapi personnel had in their possession the database and the report was released by then-Attorney General Marisela Morales days before the Calderon administration ended. The former public servants have expressed fear that the information on disappeared persons was erased from the PGR archives, but they point out the National Public Security System and the state governments also have (the information), but have chosen to remain silent.
Presumably, this is the reason that they leaked part of the information to the Washington Post and another part to the Investigation and Training Center Civic Proposal (Centro de Investigacion y Capacitacion Propuesta Civica). The complete information was provided to this reporter on Tuesday, December 18.

2011 and the DF, the worst

From December, 2006, to July, 2012, the year with the greatest number of disappeared persons was 2011. According to the report from the state attorneys general, the number was 8,977; that was the year that had the most murders in the Calderon war against drug trafficking. In February of 2012, the PGR officially admitted to a figure of 12,903 deaths in executions or confrontations between organized crime groups.
From confrontations between criminal organizations,  48 persons a day were murdered and 24 (per day) disappeared, on average.
The year with the second highest number of  disappeared persons was 2010, with 7,246. It was also the second most violent year in the six year administration, with almost 11,500 murders by organized crime, according to tallies from several sources. The states in which there appeared to be less explicit  violence were the ones with the most disappearances.
According to the report presented on July 17, the entity with the most disappeared persons was the Federal District (Distrito Federal), with 9,268 cases, 36% of the 25,276 disappeared persons in the entire country.
(Anabel Hernandez/Proceso)

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Saturday, December 29, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Havana Pura

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Saltillo. – The commander of the South Delegation of the Municipal Police, César García Guevara, was killed in the line of duty in the early hours of Friday after being shot by a group of armed men in the neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

It was reported that at 0:38 hours, while on patrol duty in his official car, a Chevrolet Captiva  no.11208, the chief was attacked and killed by unknown gunmen at the intersection of Division and Rios in the southern sector of the city. 

As a result of the shooting, the commanding officer lost control of the police vehicle and impacted over the back of a parked Ford Model 79 truck.

 The officer was shot in the head and the body with various firearm projectiles in what  appeared to the naked eye to be the same that instantly took his life.

The Chief of Police of Saltillo, Yáñez Clemente Carrillo confirmed to Radio Zócalo the assassination of Caesar Eleazar Garcia Guevara commander, 39 years old, who early Friday was riddled with 12 shots from a high caliber weapon.

It was reported earliest at 12:38, when a witness at the scene took the dead commander’s radio and used it to notify the base of his death. Immediately police moved to the scene at Division  and Rios Streets in neighborhood Buenos Aires where Garcia Guevara  was found dead aboard his Chevrolet Captiva patrol car.  The officer was hit by shots from persons in a gray Dodge car.  According to the witness, the shooters fired first into the back of the commander’s vehicle, which swerved to the right of driver, and hit a parked truck and he was dead instantly,” said the official.

Yanez Carrillo called the fallen Commander as an honest cop, courageous, with a very great future vocation with law enforcement. He had 13 years of service within the corporation. The fallen commander is survived by his parents, his wife and two small children.

Press Chief Confirms the criminal act against the municipal police
Press Chief Confirms the criminal attack against the municipal police 

In the morning broadcast of Radio Zócalo Saltillo, the CP Francisco Juaristi contacted the press chief of the municipal police, Patricia Moreno, confirming the fact and location where the commander of the South Delegation, Cesar Garcia Guevara, was killed.
Moreno explained that around 1:00  on División del Norte, in the neighborhood of  Buenos Aires,  a police car on a routine neighborhood patrol was violently attacked. Garcia Guevara was traveling alone and died alone aboard his patrol vehicle.

For now, they haven’t ascertained the identity or number of armed individuals who assaulted the officer. As of yet they have no details on the size of the bullets that took the life of the commander, except according to the authorities of the fourth group of Homicide Attorney General of the State, they found shell casings of high caliber at the scene. The investigations are proceeding.

Patricia Moreno said that Cesar Garcia Guevara had risen through the ranks of the police to become a commander of  the Southern Command Delegation, indicating he was the one who had previously personally informed families of slain officers on duty to fact that their funerals would have to be held privately for security reasons as well as for the tranquility of the bereaved.

They have had at least Five Chiefs of Police killed in Saltillo
The Chief of Police in Saltillo Yáñez Clemente Carrillo recounted fallen cops along the years and said there has been more than five, including Commander Marcial Barron, Captain Ignacio Meza, the official Reyna Barajas Munguia, Elisa Ugalde Maribel Torres and the latter, Commander Eleazar Cesar Garcia Guevara.

The prosecutor of Common Law, Rafael Martinez de la Rosa, verified the violent crime and ordered the the removal of the body and arranged transportation to the Medical Examiner for the autopsy.

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shellG2This shocking figure was disclosed by Italian sociologist Massimo Introvigne, representative of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, at the International Conference on Inter-religious dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims, sponsored the Hungarian presidency of the European Union (EU) in Gödöllo, near Budapest.

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imagesSyrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits.

UK DAILY MAIL (h/t Alastair) She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father. Sister Agnes-Mariam de la Croix said: ‘His only crime was his brother criticised the rebels, accused them of acting like bandits, which is what they are.’

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  • Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks during a press conference in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013. The anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr voiced support for Iraqi Sunni protesters who have been rallying against the country’s Shiite-dominated central government and said the demonstrators have the right to demonstrate as long as they are peaceful. (AP Photo/ Alaa al-Marjani)
    Iraqi Shiite cleric lends support to Sunni protest By ADAM SCHRECK – AP – 3 hrs agoBAGHDAD (AP) — A top anti-American Shiite cleric lent support Tuesday to Sunni protesters who have been rallying against Iraq’s Shiite-dominated central government, increasing … More »Iraqi Shiite cleric lends support to Sunni protest

    Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks during a press conference in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013. The anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr voiced support for Iraqi Sunni protesters who have been rallying against the country’s Shiite-dominated central government and said the demonstrators have the right to demonstrate as long as they are peaceful. (AP Photo/ Alaa al-Marjani)

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A top anti-American Shiite cleric lent support Tuesday to Sunni protesters who have been rallying against Iraq’s Shiite-dominated central government, increasing pressure on the leadership in Baghdad.

  • Egypt orders 15-day detention for Israeli By ASHRAF SWEILAM – AP – 3 hrs agoEL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a former sergeant in the Israeli army has been ordered detained for 15 days for investigation into his illegal … More »Egypt orders 15-day detention for Israeli

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a former sergeant in the Israeli army has been ordered detained for 15 days for investigation into his illegal entry from Israel into the Sinai Peninsula.

  • Saudis flee dry kingdom to Bahrain for New Year AP – 3 hrs ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Residents of Saudi Arabia, where booze and New Year’s celebrations are banned, flooded into neighboring Bahrain in search of festivities to … More »Saudis flee dry kingdom to Bahrain for New Year

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Residents of Saudi Arabia, where booze and New Year’s celebrations are banned, flooded into neighboring Bahrain in search of festivities to ring in 2013.

  • Egypt prosecutors investigate popular TV comedian By AYA BATRAWY – AP – 4 hrs ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors say they have launched an investigation against a popular television comedian for allegedly insulting the president. More »Egypt prosecutors investigate popular TV comedian

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors say they have launched an investigation against a popular television comedian for allegedly insulting the president.

  • A Ghader missile is launched from the area near the Iranian port of Jask port on the shore of the Gulf of Oman during an Iranian navy drill, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Iran says it has tested advanced anti-ship missiles in the final day of a naval drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil supply. State TV says "Ghader", or "Capable", a missile with a range of 200 kilometers (120 miles), was among the weapons used Tuesday. It says the weapon can destroy warships. (AP Photo/Jamejam Online, Azin Haghighi)
    Iran warns foreign planes near Strait of Hormuz AP – 5 hrs agoTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s navy issued dozens of warnings to foreign planes and warships that approached its forces during a five-day sea maneuver near the strategic … More »Iran warns foreign planes near Strait of Hormuz

    A Ghader missile is launched from the area near the Iranian port of Jask port on the shore of the Gulf of Oman during an Iranian navy drill, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Iran says it has tested advanced anti-ship missiles in the final day of a naval drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil supply. State TV says "Ghader", or "Capable", a missile with a range of 200 kilometers (120 miles), was among the weapons used Tuesday. It says the weapon can destroy warships. (AP Photo/Jamejam Online, Azin Haghighi)

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s navy issued dozens of warnings to foreign planes and warships that approached its forces during a five-day sea maneuver near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday.

  • Egypt police arrest suspect in attack on protester By AYA BATRAWY – AP – 6 hrs agoCAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police say they have arrested a suspect in a drive-by shooting that seriously wounded a protester in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, where an open-ended … More »Egypt police arrest suspect in attack on protester

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police say they have arrested a suspect in a drive-by shooting that seriously wounded a protester in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, where an open-ended sit-in is taking place.

  • Iran fires missiles in drill near Strait of Hormuz AP – 7 hrs ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it has tested advanced anti-ship missiles in the final day of a naval drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth … More »Iran fires missiles in drill near Strait of Hormuz

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it has tested advanced anti-ship missiles in the final day of a naval drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.

  • In this Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, members of the Israel Pirate Party attend a meeting in Jerusalem. The Israel Pirate Party is one of 34 lists competing in the country’s Jan. 22 national election. While only a dozen or so have a realistic chance of getting elected, many Israelis fed up with existential issues like the conflict with the Palestinians and possible war with Iran are seeking sanctuary in some of the quirkier parties running. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
    Ahoy! Israeli pirates lead surge of quirky parties By ARON HELLER – AP – 7 hrs ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Shiver me timbers! Israel’s newest political party has more than a platform — it’s got a plank. More »Ahoy! Israeli pirates lead surge of quirky parties

    In this Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, members of the Israel Pirate Party attend a meeting in Jerusalem. The Israel Pirate Party is one of 34 lists competing in the country’s Jan. 22 national election. While only a dozen or so have a realistic chance of getting elected, many Israelis fed up with existential issues like the conflict with the Palestinians and possible war with Iran are seeking sanctuary in some of the quirkier parties running. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Shiver me timbers! Israel’s newest political party has more than a platform — it’s got a plank.

  • Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil talks during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Kandil says his country will resume talks in January with the International Monetary Fund over a $4.8 billion loan, after they were suspended during this month's political turmoil over the now-adopted constitution. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
    Egypt’s pound slips further against dollar By AYA BATRAWY – AP – 20 hrs agoCAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian pound slipped further against the dollar on Monday, a downward plunge on the first two days of trading under a new system, as the president … More »Egypt’s pound slips further against dollar

    Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil talks during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Kandil says his country will resume talks in January with the International Monetary Fund over a $4.8 billion loan, after they were suspended during this month's political turmoil over the now-adopted constitution. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian pound slipped further against the dollar on Monday, a downward plunge on the first two days of trading under a new system, as the president tried to assure a worried public that the crisis atmosphere will end soon.

  • An Egyptian woman holds a poster with Arabic that reads, "my Christian siblings.. happy new year.." in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
    Protester shot in Cairo may have been targeted By SARAH EL DEEB – AP – 20 hrs agoCAIRO (AP) — Gunmen drove into Cairo’s Tahrir Square before dawn Monday and fired at an anti-government sit-in, seriously wounding a protester who had been jailed and … More »Protester shot in Cairo may have been targeted

    An Egyptian woman holds a poster with Arabic that reads, "my Christian siblings.. happy new year.." in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen drove into Cairo’s Tahrir Square before dawn Monday and fired at an anti-government sit-in, seriously wounding a protester who had been jailed and tortured by former military rulers after he witnessed the killing of another activist. Two lawyers involved in the case suggested it was a targeted attac …

  • Palestinian workers rebuild a house in Gaza City, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Israel has started allowing long-banned building materials into the Gaza Strip, its first key concession to the territory's Hamas rulers under a cease-fire that ended eight days of intense fighting last month, the military said Monday. A Hamas official described the quantity sent so far as "cosmetic" and Gaza economists said it would take years of round-the-clock shipments to even make a dent in the gap left by the five years of blockade. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
    Israel eases ban on building materials for Gaza By AMY TEIBEL and IBRAHIM BARZAK – AP – 22 hrs agoJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has started allowing long-banned building materials into the Gaza Strip, its first key concession to the territory’s Hamas rulers under a cease-fire … More »Israel eases ban on building materials for Gaza

    Palestinian workers rebuild a house in Gaza City, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Israel has started allowing long-banned building materials into the Gaza Strip, its first key concession to the territory's Hamas rulers under a cease-fire that ended eight days of intense fighting last month, the military said Monday. A Hamas official described the quantity sent so far as "cosmetic" and Gaza economists said it would take years of round-the-clock shipments to even make a dent in the gap left by the five years of blockade. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has started allowing long-banned building materials into the Gaza Strip, its first key concession to the territory’s Hamas rulers under a cease-fire that ended eight days of intense fighting last month, the military said Monday.

  • Yemen: Al-Qaida offers bounty for US ambassador By AHMED AL-HAJ – AP – Sun, Dec 30, 2012SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier … More »Yemen: Al-Qaida offers bounty for US ambassador

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country.

  • Egypt arrests former Israeli soldier in Sinai By ASHRAF SWEILAM – AP – 23 hrs ago

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say they have arrested a former sergeant in the Israeli army after he illegally entered from Israel into the Egyptian … More »Egypt arrests former Israeli soldier in Sinai

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say they have arrested a former sergeant in the Israeli army after he illegally entered from Israel into the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.

  • Shiite pilgrims march to Karbala for the Arbaeen celebration in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Each year, hundreds of thousands converge on the southern city of Karbala to mark the end of the forty day mourning period following the anniversary of the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
    Blasts aimed at Iraqi Shiites, police kill 23 By SINAN SALAHEDDIN – AP – 23 hrs ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Insurgents launched a wave of attacks across Iraq on Monday, primarily targeting Shiite communities and pilgrims and killing at least 23 people, officials … More »Blasts aimed at Iraqi Shiites, police kill 23

    Shiite pilgrims march to Karbala for the Arbaeen celebration in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Each year, hundreds of thousands converge on the southern city of Karbala to mark the end of the forty day mourning period following the anniversary of the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Insurgents launched a wave of attacks across Iraq on Monday, primarily targeting Shiite communities and pilgrims and killing at least 23 people, officials said.

  • An Egyptian woman holds a poster with Arabic that reads, "my Christian siblings.. happy new year.." in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
    Gunmen fire on protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square By SARAH EL DEEB – AP – 23 hrs ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say masked gunmen drove into Cairo’s Tahrir Square and opened fired on an anti-government sit-in, seriously wounding two act … More »Gunmen fire on protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

    An Egyptian woman holds a poster with Arabic that reads, "my Christian siblings.. happy new year.." in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say masked gunmen drove into Cairo’s Tahrir Square and opened fired on an anti-government sit-in, seriously wounding two activists.

  • Israel eases building materials blockade on Gaza By AMY TEIBEL and IBRAHIM BARZAK – AP – Mon, Dec 31, 2012

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has started allowing long-banned building materials into the Gaza Strip, its first key concession to the Palestinian territory’s ruling Hamas … More »Israel eases building materials blockade on Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has started allowing long-banned building materials into the Gaza Strip, its first key concession to the Palestinian territory’s ruling Hamas movement under the cease-fire that ended eight days of fighting last month, the military said Monday.

  • In this Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 photo, Free Syrian Army fighters fire at enemy positions during heavy clashes with government forces, in the Salaheddine district in Aleppo, Syria. Activists say Syrian rebels have captured an oil pumping station in the north central province of Raqqa about 160 km east of Aleppo after days of fighting. (AP Photo/Abdullah Al-Yasin)
    Syria says rebels attack gas pipeline By BEN HUBBARD – AP – Mon, Dec 31, 2012

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria has blamed rebels for blowing up a natural gas pipeline Monday in the country’s oil-rich east, disrupting distribution. More »


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