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Former Mexican president dies at 77

MEXICO CITY – Former Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid, 77, who led the country during economic meltdown and natural disaster in the 1980s and laid the groundwork for freer markets and politics, died Sunday morning at a Mexico City hospital where he was admitted several weeks ago for lung disease. Read more

Obama clears way for tightened sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration cleared the way for tightening sanctions on Iran with a determination that a reduction in the global purchases of Iranian oil wouldn’t harm the world petroleum market. President Barack Obama determined that though world oil supplies are tight, there is a “sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum-related products from countries other than Iran” to make the reductions manageable, the White House said in a statement Friday. Obama was required to make the finding under a 2011 law that sets in motion graduated sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran to persuade it to accept limits on its nuclear program. Read more

4 shot to death at Jewish school in France

PARIS — France was in mourning Monday after four people, including a father and his two sons, were gunned down at a Jewish school in the southern city of Toulouse, bringing the number of people killed by a gunman or gunmen in the area to seven within a week. Read more

Pakistan still holds bin Laden family months after US raid

ISLAMABAD — The family of Osama bin Laden’s youngest wife has asked the chief justice of Pakistan to order authorities to release her children and her and allow them to return to Yemen, nine months after the U.S. special forces raid that killed the al-Qaida founder. Read more

Volunteers reflect on leaving Honduras

In December, the Peace Corps announced it has temporarily suspended volunteer operations in Honduras while it conducts a review of the safety and security environment, according to a Peace Corps press release. Read more