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MEXICO: Brewery accident kills seven

Grupo Modelo SAB, Mexico's largest brewer, said the government is investigating an accident at its Mexico City plant that killed seven workers. The deaths occurred in "a confined area of a tank in which cleaning and maintenance work was being done," Jennifer Shelley, a spokeswoman, said. Four of the dead were maintenance contractors. The other three probably went into the tank in a rescue attempt, the newspaper Universal reported. The newspaper Milenio said the deaths were due to unspecified toxins. Modelo, the maker of Corona, has agreed to be acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.

PAKISTAN: 30 soldiers, 97 militants dead

Four days of fierce fighting in northwestern Pakistan left 30 soldiers and 97 militants dead as the army attempted to wrest control of a remote, mountainous valley from the Taliban and their allies, military officials said Monday. The army launched its offensive in the Tirah Valley on Friday after weeks of fighting between rival militant groups forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee the area. The valley is located in Khyber, part of the semiautonomous tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the main sanctuary for the Taliban in the country.

ITALY: Highway bandits grab $2.6M

Bandits with Kalashnikovs stole 2 million euros ($2.6 million) Monday by setting a big-rig truck on fire to block a highway in northern Italy and blowing open an armored truck, a company official said. No one was injured, said Marco Meletti, a spokesman for the Gruppo Battistolli armored transport company. The attack was on a high-speed highway that leads toward Switzerland near the town of Saronno. ANSA news agency said 10 bandits escaped by car after strewing nails on the road to slow down police.

GERMANY: A gooey haul worth 20 grand

These thieves might really have sticky fingers. Police said Monday an unknown number of culprits made off over the weekend with 5 metric tons of Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread from a parked trailer in the central German town of Bad Hersfeld. The gooey loot is worth an estimated 16,000 euros ($20,710).

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