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271 people, mostly minors, freed from 'inhumane' drug rehab in Mexico

Rehab patients freed in MexicoAt least 271 people, mostly minors, were rescued from an overcrowded drug rehabilitation center in Mexico that authorities described as "inhumane."

Mexican authorities announced on Wednesday a police operation Tuesday night found that 91 men, 68 women and 112 minors were alleged victims of the Spiritual Awakening, Alcoholics and Drug Addicts of the West rehab center in Mexico's western state of Jalisco. Officials said at least 18 minors were abused and 13 had been physically beaten and burned with cigarettes.


Debris found at sea after EgyptAir flight disappears

Egypt Air debris foundGreek defence sources have reported the discovery of two large plastic objects in the sea 80km south of Crete, just hours after an EgyptAir jet travelling from Paris to Cairo went missing with 66 people on board.

The Airbus A320 passenger jet was flying at 37,000ft when it disappeared on Thursday 16km after entering Egyptian air space, EgyptAir said.

The floating objects were spotted in the Mediterranean Sea near an area where a transponder signal was detected earlier, the sources said.


North Koreans assembling clothes for leading U.S brands in China

N Korean labor used for making US clothes in ChinaNorth Korean laborers are stitching clothes for U.S. labels like Calvin Klein, Burberry and Levi's in China, according to a report.

A source in northeastern China told Radio Free Asia a large number of North Koreans are working for Chinese manufacturers with factories not far from the North Korea border.

One of the Chinese firms, Mei Dao Garment Company Limited, hires hundreds of North Koreans, according to the source.


Magnitude 6.7 earthquake reported in Ecuador

new aftershock in EcuadorA powerful magnitude 6.7 aftershock early Wednesday rattled Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating earthquake hit a month ago, knocking out power and scaring still-traumatized residents as they slept but only limited damage was reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday that the quake's epicenter was 35 kilometers (21 miles) from the town of Muisne. It struck shortly before 3 a.m. local time and had a shallow depth of 32 kilometers below the earth's surface.


Over 200 families feared buried by landslides in Sri Lanka

landslides in Sri LankaSoldiers and police used sticks and bare hands Wednesday to dig through enormous piles of mud covering houses in three villages hit by massive landslides in central Sri Lanka, with hundreds of families reported missing.

By evening, rescuers had pulled 17 bodies from the mud and debris unleashed by several days of heavy rain across the island nation. Officials said the extent of the tragedy was still unclear, but the Sri Lankan Red Cross said at least 220 families were unaccounted for.


Wave of bombings hits Baghdad Shiite areas, killing 69

Iraq bombs kill 69A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets and a restaurant in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 69 people, officials said — the latest in deadly militant attacks far from the front lines in the country's north and west where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State group.

In an online statement, IS claimed responsibility only for the deadliest bombing of the day, which took place in Baghdad's northeastern Shaab neighborhood and where at least 34 people were killed and 75 others were wounded.


US, other powers want to arm Libyan government

US and others plan to arm Libyan governmentThe United States and other world powers say they are ready to supply Libya's internationally recognized government with weapons to counter the Islamic State and other militant groups gaining footholds in its lawless regions.

The world powers aim to push for exemptions to a U.N. arms embargo imposed on Libya to keep lethal arms away from Islamic extremists and rival militias vying for power. In a communique obtained by The Associated Press, the U.S., four other permanent U.N. Security Council members and the more than 15 other nations participating at the talks say they are "ready to respond to the Libyan government's requests for training and equipping" government forces.


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