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US ambassador, 3 others killed in Libya consulate attack

Libya’s interior minister said Wednesday that the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed when armed Islamist militants overran the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second largest city, in a day of rage that also struck the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, where demonstrators hauled down the American flag, tore it to pieces and burned it. Read more

Top Libyan officials implicated in mosque desecrations

Members of the Libyan government and its military have been implicated in the destruction by Islamists over the weekend of several mosques affiliated with the Sufi branch of Islam, an indication that the government that replaced Moammar Gadhafi after a months-long NATO bombing campaign is having difficulty controlling its extremist elements. Read more

Whereabouts of US journalist unknown in Syria

WASHINGTON — Austin Tice, a freelance American journalist who has contributed to McClatchy Newspapers, The Washington Post and other media outlets from Syria, has been incommunicado for more than a week, his whereabouts unknown since exchanging email with a colleague. Read more

Rumors of war within Mexico's Los Zetas gang raise fear of new violence

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s largest crime group, Los Zetas, appears to be splintering into two rival factions locked in occasional open warfare with each other, experts say. The factions are tussling for control of the central states of Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi and are battling each other in parts of the Yucatan Peninsula. What sparked the rift is unclear, but signs of the apparent split have come in public banners left at crime scenes, replete with accusations of betrayal and treason between factions led by the two top leaders, Heriberto Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino. “We’re looking at a turning point for them,” said Samuel Logan, a security analyst who co-authored a book on the Zetas that was released earlier this year. Read more

Somalia tries again to form a lasting government

MOGADISHU, Somalia — As Somalia approaches its umpteenth attempt to forge a government that will stick, there’s a deadening familiarity here: bloodstained warlords re-emerging, clan elders manipulating politics, roadblocks going up as militias try to reclaim turf. Read more

Mexican leader will need rivals’ help to enact his agenda

MEXICO CITY — Enrique Pena Nieto, the president-elect of Mexico, will be forced to govern in a way that his once-autocratic Institutional Revolutionary Party isn’t accustomed to: by negotiating with political opponents. Pena Nieto won 38 percent of the vote, with a 6 percentage-point margin over his nearest rival in Sunday’s election, a victory smaller than the one opinion polls had forecast and far from a resounding knockout, analysts said. His modest triumph and the comeback of his party, which has been out of power for the past 12 years, signaled that Mexicans wanted a new hand at the tiller to deal with soaring violence and modest economic growth that’s averaged about half the rate of other Latin American nations in recent years. But a majority of voters cast ballots for someone other than Pena Nieto and denied the party, known as the PRI in its Spanish initials, a working majority in both chambers of Congress, meaning that the overhaul the 45-year-old former governor has proposed will come only through consensus with opposition parties. “Voters fully expressed their distrust,” said Federico Estevez, a political scientist at the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology. Read more