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Teacher praised for protecting children

MONTERREY — The government has honored a kindergarten teacher in northern Mexico who became an Internet hit after a video showed her calmly leading children through a duck-and-cover drill as gunfire rattled outside their school.

The government of the northern state of Nuevo Leon presented teacher Martha Rivera Alanis with a framed certificate for displaying “outstanding civic courage” during Friday’s gunfight.

A video on the YouTube website shows Ms. Rivera coaxing the 15 children to lie flat on the floor and leading them in a song popularized by the children’s TV show “Barney & Friends” as hails of gunfire ring out.

Paramedics said gunmen killed five people at a taxi stand near the school on Friday.


Federal leaders discuss Amazon conflict

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian federal authorities are discussing ways to reduce deadly conflicts in the Amazon region.

At least three rural activists have been killed in the region in less than a week in disputes over land and illegal deforestation.

A fourth person who may have witnessed two of the murders also was killed.

Attending Monday’s meeting were Brazil’s vice president and officials from the ministries of environment, justice, rural development and human rights. They hope to create more cooperation between the federal and state governments to halt the killings.

According to the Catholic Land Pastoral watchdog group, more than 1,150 rural activists have been killed in Brazil over the past 20 years.