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SOLOMON ISLANDS: 6 bodies found in tsunami

Six bodies, including a child's, have been found in the sodden wreckage left by a tsunami that smashed into villages, flattening dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. The almost 5-foot waves that roared inland on Santa Cruz Island, in the eastern Solomons, on Wednesday were too fast to outrun for five elderly villagers and a child, George Herming, a spokesman for the prime minister, said Wednesday. Several other people were missing. The tsunami was generated by an 8.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near the town of Lata, on Santa Cruz in Temotu, easternmost province in the Solomons.


MEXICO: Tourists attacked in Acapulco

The tourism world turned its eyes on Mexico after six Spanish women were raped by masked gunmen in the long-troubled Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. While there has been talk of reviving the golden era of the '40s and '50s, international tourists have long steered away from Acapulco, even before the drug violence of recent years, as the city fell into disrepair and glitzier Cancún and Los Cabos gained favor. The hours-long assault was carried out by a gang of masked gunmen who burst into the beachfront home before dawn Monday and tied up the six men inside, then raped the women. A seventh Mexican woman was unharmed.


MALI: France seeks UN peacekeepers

France formally asked the UN Security Council on Wednesday to consider the deployment of an international peacekeeping operation in Mali, once the situation on the ground allows French troops to leave. French Ambassador Gérard Araud said he had requested the deployment for the first time to the 15-nation council and received assurances from council members that they would study the proposal. The development in New York came as President François Hollande said French forces, which are leading operations against Islamist militants, could start to pull out of the African country next month.

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