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Armed gang rapes six Spanish tourists

ACAPULCO, Mexico: Six Spanish tourists were raped by a gang of armed, masked men in the Mexican resort of Acapulco, the latest chapter of violence that has tarnished the once-glamorous Pacific coast resort. The vicious, hours-long attack occurred before dawn Monday at a house that six Spanish men, six Spanish women and a Mexican woman had rented on a quiet, ...

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Obama to visit Israel, first time as president

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will go to Israel in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, marking his first visit to the staunch U.S. ally since becoming president. While in the region, Obama will make stops by the West Bank and Jordan. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit to Israel in late January, when ...

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AP Interview: Egypt’s pope criticizes Islamists

AL-MUHARRAQ MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s Coptic patriarch delivered a cautious but unusually sharp criticism of the nation’s Islamist leadership in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, dismissing the new constitution as discriminatory and rounds of national dialogues sponsored by the president as meaningless. Pope Tawadros II’s dive into politics came as he tried to energize the spiritual ...

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US ‘expected to sue’ Standard & Poor’s

The US government is expected to file civil charges against Standard & Poor’s over the agency’s assessments of the mortgage debt that helped to fuel the 2008 financial crisis. The charges would mark the first enforcement action the government has taken against a major rating agency. S&P said Monday that the Justice Department had informed the rating agency that it ...

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United States Stepped In to Halt Mexican General’s Rise

As Mexico’s military staged its annual Independence Day parade in September, spectators filled the main square of Mexico City to cheer on the armed forces. Nearly 2,000 miles away in Washington, American officials were also paying attention. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Enlarge This Image Bruno Cortés/Demotix ...

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad on historic visit to Cairo

CAIRO—President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for the first visit by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, marking a historic departure from years of frigid ties between the two regional heavyweights. Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi gave Ahmadinejad a red-carpet welcome on the tarmac at Cairo airport, shaking the Iranian’s hand and exchanging a kiss on ...

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Ravens edge 49ers 34-31 in electric Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For a Super Bowl with so many story lines, this game came up with quite a twist. Try a blackout that turned a blowout into a shootout — capped by a brilliant defensive stand. The Baltimore Ravens survived a frenzied comeback by the San Francisco 49ers following a 34-minute delay in the third quarter for a ...

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