More deadly violence in Egypt street protests


New violence erupted in Egypt, leaving a total of 12 people dead and dozens injured, according to the latest tally, amid huge street protests and often devolved into clashes with police and between supporters and opponents of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The main clashes occurred on Monday and early Tuesday morning in Cairo on Rebirth and Tahrir squares, in the city's northern Qalioub district and near a police station in Nasr City.

Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Khalid Khatib said on Tuesday that at least nine people died and 86 were injured in the disturbances near Cairo University's main campus on Rebirth Square.

Three more fatalities were registered in clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi clashed in Qalioub and on Tahrir Square, where at least 44 people were injured. Each side accused the other of starting the violence.

Meanwhile, in Nasr City clashes broke out between Morsi supporters and police after the Islamists passed by a police station after a march to the city's airport.




Pope Francis thanks Brazil for "magnificent welcome"


Pope Francis expressed his thanks for "the magnificent welcome" offered to him by this Brazilian metropolis, where he arrived hours earlier to participate in the 28th World Youth Day event.

"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to all of you and all the authorities for the magnificent welcome (to Rio de Janeiro)," the pontiff wrote on Twitter after having spent his first night in the city.

"Today we begin a stupendous week in Rio. May it be an occasion (on which) to deepen our friendship with Jesus Christ," said the Argentine pope.




Public gets 1st glimpse of Britain's royal baby


Prince William and wife Kate left St. Mary's Hospital in London with their first child, the third in the line of succession to the British throne.

The happy, smiling couple posed a few minutes for the press with His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge, who was born Monday.

A radiant Kate appeared carrying the baby wrapped in a white blanket.

After waving to photographers, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to reporters in front of a microphone installed for the occasion.




Pakistani police detect plot against P.M.


A terrorist group based in Pakistan's tribal regions was preparing a suicide attack against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, according to a police report revealed by the Express Tribune.

The plot was detected by chance during the investigation of the unrelated kidnapping of the son of former Premier Yusuf Raza Guilani, the newspaper said.

Police first discovered that a branch of the main Pakistani Taliban group, the TTP, was preparing an attack in the area near the eastern city of Lahore.

It later emerged that an individual close to the TTP owned land adjacent to Sharif's Lahore-area home, leading police to suspect the terrorist group's target.




Quake death toll rises to 94 in northwest China


Five more people have died, raising the death toll from the earthquake that hit the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu to 94, with more than 1,000 other people injured, officials said.

One person is still missing in the aftermath of the magnitude-6.6 earthquake that rocked the rural districts of Minxian and Zhangxian on Monday morning.

About 51,800 dwellings collapsed and some 240,000 others were seriously damaged by the quake and its more than 400 aftershocks, officials said.

The majority of the cities in Gansu, one of China's least populous provinces, were affected by the earthquake, with some towns cut off from the outside world for hours by power outages.




6 Die in shootout in northern Mexico


Six people were killed in a shootout between rival gunmen in an agricultural area in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, officials said.

The bodies of the six men were found Monday in the community of Mesa de la Reforma along with six burned vehicles and seven torched houses, the Chihuahua Attorney General's Office said in a statement.

"As of now, it is presumed that a confrontation occurred between armed groups in this place, where no residents were found," the AG's office said.

The bullet-riddled bodies were discovered in some farm fields just outside the town.




Gunmen kill 5, wound 8 in western Mexico


At least five people were killed and eight others wounded when gunmen opened fire on about 200 members of a self-defense group protesting police corruption in Los Reyes, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, prosecutors said.

Investigators suspect that the gunmen work for a drug trafficking organization, the Michoacan Attorney General's Office said.

The gunmen opened fire on the demonstrators, who were armed with sticks and machetes, around 1:00 p.m. Monday outside city hall, an AG's office spokesman told Efe.

The protesters alleged that municipal police officers have links to the Los Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, the AG's office spokesman said.

The gunmen arrived on the scene in SUVs and opened fire on the demonstrators with assault rifles.

Three members of the community self-defense group and a policewoman from the neighboring city of Periban were pronounced dead at the scene.