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ITALY: U.S. couple told to face trial

The parents of a U.S. student convicted of murdering her British roommate in 2007 were ordered Tuesday to stand trial in Italy for allegedly libeling police in Perugia, the university town where the murder took place. The trial of Curt Knox and Edda Mellas is set for July 4, the ANSA news agency reported, citing the magistrate who made the decision. In a 2009 interview with Britain's Sunday Times, Knox and Mellas said their daughter Amanda Knox "had not been given an interpreter, had not received food and water, and had been physically and verbally abused" by police after her arrest for the murder of exchange student Meredith Kercher, ANSA said.


IVORY COAST: Evidence of mass killings

The entrance to the morgue is like a mouth through which comes an awful smell. From a dozen yards away, it's strong enough to make you throw up. What lies inside is proof of mass killings in this once-tranquil country of 21 million, where the sitting president is refusing to give way to his successor. Nearly every day since Laurent Gbagbo was declared the loser of the Nov. 28 election, the bodies of people who voted for his opponent have been showing up on the sides of highways.


MEXICO: U.S. agent shot dead

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and another wounded while driving through northern Mexico on Tuesday, in a rare attack on American officials in a country fighting powerful drug cartels. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said one agent was critically wounded in the attack and died from his injuries. The second agent was shot in the arm and leg and remains in stable condition. The two agents were driving in the northern state of San Luis Potosi when they were stopped at what appeared to be a military checkpoint, said one Mexican official. After they stopped, someone opened fire on them, the official said.

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