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Friday, November 14, 2008

MEXICO

Crime Reporter Slain

A crime reporter in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez was shot dead Thursday as he warmed up his car, in the latest killing of a journalist amid a rising wave of drug violence.

Armando Rodríguez, a reporter for El Diario newspaper, had covered crime in the city for 10 years.

With Rodríguez's death, 24 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000 -- at least seven in reprisal for their reports on crime -- and since 2005, seven others have disappeared, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Many reporters refuse to put their bylines on stories, and some newspapers have stopped covering the drug gangs.

Also Thursday, state police said at least one gunshot was fired outside the U.S. Consulate in the northern city of Monterrey, the third attack on the building in less than two months.

GAZA STRIP

U.N. Supplies Dry Up

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said Thursday that it had run out of food supplies for 750,000 Palestinians in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip after Israel blocked deliveries by the world body.

Short of fuel, Palestinian officials shut down Gaza's sole power plant as Israel kept commercial crossings with the coastal territory closed for a 10th day.

Israel blamed the closure and the partial blackouts in Gaza City on cross-border rocket attacks by Palestinian fighters.

IRAQ

FedEx Plane Crashes

A cargo plane carrying FedEx packages crashed in western Iraq on Thursday morning, apparently killing the seven people aboard, the U.S. military said.

The Russian An-12 aircraft crashed west of Fallujah while traveling from a U.S. military base near that city to Baghdad, said Sgt. Brooke Murphy, a U.S. military spokeswoman.


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