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PAKISTAN: 26 pilgrims killed in ambush

Suspected Sunni extremists opened fire yesterday on Shia pilgrims traveling by bus on their way to in Iran, killing 26 people, officials and survivors said. At least eight attackers in a pickup truck blocked the path of the bus in Baluchistan province, and forced the passengers off, said Khushhal Khan, the driver. The passengers tried to run away, but the gunmen opened fire, killing 26 and wounding six others, he said.


MEXICO: 35 bodies found in city

Gunmen dumped the bodies of 35 slaying victims on a busy avenue in a Gulf of Mexico coastal city, authorities said Tuesday. Veracruz state Attorney General Reynaldo Escobar Perez said the bodies were found in two trucks at an underpass near a shopping mall in Boca del Rio. Seven of the victims identified so far had criminal records, Escobar said. The Gulf and Zetas cartels have been locked in a bloody war for control in Veracruz state.


HAITI: 3 killed in prop plane crash

Three people died when a twin-engine turboprop aircraft used by a domestic airline crashed Tuesday while trying to land during heavy rain in northern Haiti, authorities said. The airline Salsa d'Haiti said the two pilots and the only passenger were found dead in the wreckage in a rural area outside the coastal city of Cap-Haïtien. An airline employee told the AP one of the male pilots was from the Dominican Republic, the other from Mexico. The female passenger was from Vietnam.


ITALY: Quake experts on trial

Seven scientists and other experts went on trial on manslaughter charges Tuesday for allegedly failing to sufficiently warn residents before a devastating 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in central Italy. The case is being closely watched by seismologists around the globe who insist it's impossible to predict earthquakes. Last year, about 5,200 international researchers signed a petition supporting their Italian colleagues.

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