Archive | March 26, 2012

Throngs accumulate for pope’s Mass in Mexico

Pope Benedict XVI led an amphitheater Mass Sunday afore throngs of affectionate Catholics in axial Mexico.

Cheering assemblage coiled balloons, flags and banners as the pope accustomed at Bicentennial Park in Mexico’s Guanajuato state. Many said they had spent the night camped out, apprehension the pope’s arrival.

More than 400,000 humans abounding the Mass, according to Mexico’s state-run Notimex account agency.

The pope apprenticed Mexican Catholics to abide accurate to their faith, and alleged on the Virgin Mary to “continue accompanying and attention her admired Mexican and Latin American children, so that Christ reigns in their lives and helps them to angrily advance peace, harmony, amends and solidarity.”

The pope’s appointment to Mexico comes as abbey leaders there attack with barbarous drug-related violence. More than 47,000 humans accept died back President Felipe Calderon began a crackdown on cartels in December 2006.

The Archbishop of Leon asked the pope to bear a bulletin of achievement to crowds aggregate Sunday, acquainted that Mexico faces “events of abandon and afterlife that accept created a aching awareness of fear, abstention and pain.”

“We apperceive that this affecting absoluteness has abnormal roots that augment it, poverty, the absence of opportunity, corruption, impunity, the inefficient administering of justice,” Archbishop of Leon Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago said.

The pope accustomed in Mexico on Friday on his aboriginal cruise to Spanish-speaking Latin America. He visited Portuguese-speaking Brazil in 2007 and the United States a year later.

He is appointed to access in Cuba Monday.

Guanajuato state, which is hosting the pontiff, boasts the accomplished allotment of Catholics in Mexico — able-bodied over 90 percent. Nationally, the amount of Catholics is 83 percent, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography.

France accuse annoy gunman’s brother as an accomplice

The brother of a apache asleep in a annoy in southwestern France has been answerable with abetment in seven murders and two attempted murders and taken into custody, the Paris prosecutor’s appointment said Sunday.

Abdelkader Merah is aswell getting answerable with cabal to adapt acts of agitation and accumulation theft, the prosecutor’s appointment told CNN. He was arrested Tuesday night as badge bankrupt in on his brother Mohammed and faced a anti-terror adjudicator on Sunday.

Mohammed Merah, 23, was asleep Thursday at the end of a 32-hour annoy of the accommodation in the city-limits of Toulouse area he was holed up. He was capital in the killings of three French paratroopers, a clergyman and three accouchement ages 4, 5, and 7. Two added humans were actively blood-soaked in shootings abhorrent on him.

A backer for Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Saturday an dissection showed Mohammed Merah had been addled added than 20 times by bullets.

Most of the impacts were on the accoutrements and legs, Elisabeth Allannic said. There were two baleful wounds on the foreground larboard temple and bridge his abdomen, she said.

Police aswell questioned Mohammed Merah’s mother and his brother Abdelkader’s girlfriend, but accept appear them afterwards charge, the Paris prosecutor said.

Police abutment baton Christophe Crepin told French TV account approach i-tele Saturday that Abdelkader Merah and his adherent were confused aboriginal Saturday from Toulouse to the abode of the DCRI, the French adverse intelligence agency, in Levallois-Perret, abreast Paris.

The brothers’ mother, Zoulika Aziri, was appear Friday night, badge in Toulouse confirmed. She lives in the Toulouse suburb of Mirail, CNN associate BFM-TV appear previously.

Police tracked Mohammed Merah down via his mother’s computer IP address, which was allegedly acclimated to acknowledge to an ad acquaint by the aboriginal cutting victim, admiral said.

The autogenous admiral said Saturday it had aerial the scarlet accompaniment of alert, the country’s accomplished aegis active level, which was put in abode in the Toulouse arena afterward the third cutting on Monday targeting a school.

France’s prime abbot dedicated the badge and intelligence casework Friday over their administration of the case, adage they had done able-bodied to acquisition Mohammed Merah so quickly.

Questions accept been aloft as to why Mohammed Merah — a petty bent who was placed beneath surveillance by French authorities afterwards visiting Pakistan and Afghanistan — was not getting added carefully watched.

He claimed to accept abounding an al Qaeda training camp, according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, and was on the U.S. no-fly account for that reason, a U.S. intelligence official said.

Fillon told French radio base RTL that “there was no individual element” that would accept accustomed the badge to arrest Mohammed Merahbefore the killings began.

Toulouse advocate Eric Mouton, acting for a woman called alone as Aicha, to assure her identity, told CNN she filed a complaint adjoin Mohammed Merah in June 2010 over alarming behavior Merah displayed adjoin her accouchement and herself.

Aicha claimed that Mohammed Merah had baffled up her daughter, 19 at the time, and had threatened her. He aswell captivated her son, 15, adjoin his will in a allowance for several hours, banishment him to watch acutely agitated videos, Mouton said. Mohammed Merah denied that claim, the advocate added.

At the time of his death, the case was still accessible and had not yet gone to balloon because of a excess of cases at the Toulouse accessible prosecutor’s office, Mouton said.

Investigators say Mohammed Merah filmed the attacks in which he asleep seven people.

He was tracked down by badge 10 canicule afterwards the aboriginal cutting on March 11.

In that attack, Imad Ibn Ziaten, a paratrooper of North African origin, abiding to accommodated a man in Toulouse who capital to buy a scooter Ziaten had advertised online, the autogenous abbot said. The victim said in the ad that he was in the military.

Four canicule later, two added soldiers were attempt asleep and addition afflicted by a black-clad man cutting a motorcycle helmet in a arcade centermost in the city-limits of Montauban, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Toulouse.

In the advance at the clandestine Jewish academy Ozar Hatorah on Monday, a man cutting a motorcycle helmet and active a motor scooter pulled up and attempt a abecedary and three accouchement — two of them the teacher’s adolescent sons — in the head. The added victim, the babe of the school’s director, was asleep in foreground of her father.

Police said the aforementioned accoutrements were acclimated in all three attacks.

Obama: North Korea will accomplish annihilation with affront

President Barack Obama warned North Korea Sunday that if it moves advanced with a planned test-firing of a all-embracing missile, it will added deepen its isolation, accident relations with its neighbors and face added sanctions that accept already deadened the country.

“North Korea will accomplish annihilation by threats or provocations,” Obama said during a account appointment in Seoul, South Korea, on the eve of an all-embracing nuclear aegis summit.

“North Korea knows its obligation.”

Obama’s able words chase endure week’s advertisement by North Korea that it is planning to backpack out a rocket-powered digital barrage in April.

The affair is overshadowing bulletin of all-embracing cooperation for the summit, which is bringing calm top admiral from 54 countries including China and Russia.

South Korean Admiral Lee Myung-bak said during the account appointment that he considers the barrage a absolute abuse of a U.N. Aegis Council resolution that bans the testing of the technology getting acclimated in the rocket-powered satellite.

South Korea has said it considers the digital barrage an advance to advance a nuclear-armed missile, while the United States has warned the move would attempt a food-aid acceding accomplished with Pyongyang in aboriginal March.

“Bad behavior will not be rewarded,” Obama said.

North Korea says it has a appropriate to a peaceful amplitude affairs and has arrive all-embracing amplitude experts and journalists to attestant the launch.

A agent from the Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea denounced the South for alive to about-face the acme “into a belvedere for (an) all-embracing apply campaign” adjoin the North, according to North Korea’s state-run Korean Central Account Agency (KCNA).

Pyongyang appear this ages it would backpack out a “satellite launch” in mid-April to admire the centenary of the bearing of Kim Il Sung, the country’s founder.

Using ballistic missile technology, however, is in abuse of U.N. Aegis Council Resolution 1874 and adjoin a accord addled with the United States beforehand this ages that it would not backpack out nuclear or missile tests in acknowledgment for aliment aid.

In North Korea, a barbarous choice

Pyongyang has said it will see any analytical account of its nuclear affairs as “a acknowledgment of war.”

Prior to the account conference, Obama fabricated his aboriginal appointment to the demilitarized breadth that splits the Korean peninsula. Obama peered through binoculars into North Korea breadth flags flew at half-staff to mark the 100-day ceremony of the afterlife of Kim Jong Il.

“It’s like you are in a time warp. It’s like you are searching beyond 50 years into a country that has absent 40 or 50 years of progress,” Obama said during the account conference.

The admiral said the absolute aftereffect for North Korea, should it go through with the launch, is that the country’s leaders will absence an befalling “to yield a altered aisle than the one they accept been taking.”

“I achievement that at some point the North Koreans accomplish the accommodation that it is in their interests to amount out how to augment their humans and advance their abridgement rather than accept big parades breadth they appearance off weapons,” Obama said.

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The purpose of Obama’s appointment to the demilitarized breadth was to accommodated with some of the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.

“When you anticipate about the transformation that has taken abode in South Korea during my lifetime, it is anon attributable to this continued band of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen who were accommodating to actualize the amplitude and the befalling for abandon and prosperity,” Obama told troops at a abject abreast the DMZ.

It was Obama’s aboriginal cruise to the demilitarized zone, admitting he has fabricated two antecedent trips to South Korea as president. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a appointment to the breadth in 2010.

Across the bound on Sunday, North Koreans were aching the afterlife of Kim.

Kim’s son, who took over from his ancestor afterward his afterlife in December, and chief affair admiral visited the Kumsusan Alcazar of the Sun in Pyongyang to beam a moment of silence, said North Korea’s state-run Korean Central Account Agency (KCNA).

The alcazar serves as the burying website for Kim Il Sung, the architect of North Korea, and his son, Kim, who succeeded him as the country’s ruler.

Obama said he had not been able to appraise the new baton of North Korea, adage “It’s not bright absolutely who is calling the shots and what their abiding objectives are.”

Seoul’s nuclear acme will be the additional afterwards Obama hosted the aboriginal affair in Washington in 2010. He accomplished the biennial acme afterwards presenting his eyes of a nuclear-free apple in Prague in April 2009.

The official calendar will accord with nuclear agitation and how to defended the world’s nuclear material.

Obama’s appointment comes around two years to the day afterwards the biconcave of the South Korean warship, the Cheonan, which larboard 46 sailors dead.

South Korea says a North Korean abate advance was to allegation for the ship’s sinking. The North has denied the accusation.