- - Monday, January 23, 2012


13 killed in violent Mexico state

ACAPULCO — Police said eight men were killed in an attack on a funeral in a rural area of Guerrero, part of a death toll of 13 over the weekend in the southern state plagued by drug violence.

An Atoyac de Alvarez municipal police statement said officers found seven dead and two injured early Sunday at the scene of a vigil. One of the injured later died.

The statement said the funeral-goers were attacked by masked men firing large-caliber rifles favored by drug cartels as they mourned the victim of a shooting several days earlier.

Acapulco police said Sunday that three bodies were found dumped in a vacant lot in the resort city, while a fourth was found decapitated in a car and another man died in a shootout with police.


Off-shore earthquake hits south-central region

SANTIAGO — A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck Monday just off the shore of south-central Chile, the same area devastated by a massive temblor two years ago.

But there were no immediate reports of damage and authorities said it would not cause a tsunami.

The quake was centered 31 miles northwest of Concepcion, and relatively shallow, at 12 miles deep.

Chile’s navy announced that it was not the kind of quake to generate a deadly tsunami of the kind that ravaged nearby coastal cities when an magnitude-8.8 quake devastated Chile in 2010.

The U.S. Geological Service said this quake struck at 1:04 p.m. local time with a magnitude of 6.2. Chilean seismologists measured it as a less-powerful 5.8.

Chile’s national emergency office said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.


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