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GUATEMALA: 27 dead in drug massacre

Assailants killed at least 27 people, decapitating most of the victims, on a ranch in a part of northern Guatemala plagued by drug cartels, national police said Sunday. The massacre of 25 men and two women took place in the town of Caserio La Bomba in Peten province near the Mexico border, police spokesman Donald Gonzalez said. He said police are investigating whether the attack is related to Saturday's killing in Peten of Haroldo Leon, the brother of alleged drug boss Juan Jose "Juancho" Leon.


IRAQ: House raid kills family of 3

Gunmen wearing military uniforms broke into a house early Sunday and fatally shot a family of three as they slept, Iraqi officials said. Separately, mortar rounds struck in central Baghdad, killing two. The dawn house attack, which killed a mother, father and 13-year-old boy, occurred in the mixed Sunni-Shia neighborhood of Baiyaa in the southwestern part of the capital, police said.


SINGAPORE: Changing of the guard

Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong, Singapore's first two prime ministers, are leaving the cabinet to make way for new leaders after the ruling party retained power with the smallest margin of popular votes since independence. The People's Action Party won 81 out of 87 parliamentary seats and 60.1 percent of the popular vote. The best-ever showing by the opposition prompted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to pledge his party will change the way it rules. The elder Lee, father of the current premier, has been a cabinet member for more than five decades and is 87. Goh, 69, is senior minister.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA


6.5 quake shakes area

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake struck 76 miles west of Arawa, the capital of Bougainville province, at a depth of 27 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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