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Riot in Mexican prison leaves 13 dead

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A brutal battle between two groups left 13 dead and another 65 injured on Saturday, according to Al Jazeera. Homemade knives and picks were used between the two rival groups of inmates. The incident started when tone of the groups became fed up with harassment form the other group. Authorities at the prison were able to regain control, but not after a large number of casualties. According to authorities 22 of the 65 injured remain in serious condition.

Concepcion Tovar, head of the state's prison system, said the riot was instigated by an inter-prison gang that had been harassing and robbing other inmates for some time, according to Nigeria News. The battle involved over 100 prisoners, and it is unclear whether guards were involved as well. Other riots in the past have been blamed on the same gang that instigated Saturday's brawl.

Violence erupts outside of Spanish parliament

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Protesters became violent outside of the Spanish parliament as lawmakers set to lay out a plan for economic recovery on Friday, according to Strat Risks. Protesters called for lawmakers to stand down. Bottles and firecrackers were thrown at police as some 1,000 protesters "besieged" the capitol.

This response comes as a result of Spain's unemployment rate rising to just over 27 percent, according to a CNN report on Thursday. Young people in the country are very displeased with the actions the country is taking in response to this problem. This unrest ultimately led to the protest on Friday outside of the Spanish parliament.

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits China

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A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Sichuan Province in China at 8:47 a.m. local time on Saturday, according to Reuters. The quake killed 203 people and left over 11,000 people injured. It was initially measured at 7.0 on the Richter scale but the US Geological Service estimated the magnitude at 6.6.

This same region suffered a similar earthquake just five years ago, according to CNN. The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, some of them as strong as magnitude 5.1, the USGS said. Xu Mengjia, the Communist Party chief of Ya'an, the city that administers the area where the quake struck said because of landslides and obstacles in the area determining the final death toll could take some time.

Bird flu spreads in China

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Reported cases of the bird flu in China have now reached 83, according to Medical News Today. Of those reported cases 17 people have died. In Shanghai alone there have been over 30 confirmed cases and 11 deaths. The National Health and Family Planning Commission wrote that it cannot completely rule out the possibility of human-to-human transmission of H7N9, but spread of the infection through humans has not yet been found.

One chicken in China would cost around $3 in the United States, according to a CNN report. China has one of the oldest food traditions in the entire world, and chickens have been a staple for centuries. The way birds are being handled and slaughtered in China has the potential to make a person very sick. Chinese public health authorities are now targeting small villages and towns and putting their poultry trades under intense scrutiny.

Bird flu cases on the rise in China

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An estimated 60 cases of the bird flu have been detected in Chinese citizens, according to a BBC report. Authorities believe it is being transmitted by direct contact with poultry. As of the report no cases outside the country have been detected. The World Health Organization says there is no evidence of human-to-human contact.

The virus is found in birds and was never known to affect people until last month, according to CNN. Of the total cases 11 have now been confirmed as fatal. The focus of the World Health Organization's investigation is now the poultry market. Several cities in eastern China have shut down their poultry trade in response to the flu outbreak.

On Tuesday CNN reported that North Korea will restart a nuclear reactor that had been shut down more than five years ago. This comes after weeks of threats against the United States and South Korea. This action shows Kim Jong Un's commitment to the continuation of the North's nuclear program despite frequent attempts from the international community to persuade the country to stop.

Al Jazeera added that the countries statement said the reopening would be to address lacking electricity needs and to develop military. South Korea released a statement immediately calling the action "regrettable." Restarting and rebuilding this facility, which includes a uranium enrichment facility, will likely escalate the North's continuing tensions with the South and the United States.

On Sunday CNN reported that a grenade and gun attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Karachi killed the principal and injured eight others. A motorcyclist, who has not been identified, threw the hand grenade at the private school before letting off a volley of gun shots. The principal, Abdul Rasheed, was badly injured and died from his injuries in the hospital.

Time Magazine added that the attack happened when dozens of children were gathered outside the school to receive the results of their annual exam. A police officer said the deceased principal was a local leader of the Awami National Party. Police are still investigating the identity of the motorcyclist.

According to an Aljazeera report on Wednesday North Korea has stated that conditions on their peninsula have created a situation for "simmering nuclear war" with the United States and South Korea. The communist state says it is cutting all direct military contact with South Korea. North Korea's foreign ministry said they will inform the UN Security Council of the latest situation.

An NPR report said North Korea blames " [provocative] moves by the U.S. and South Korean puppets" for the increased tensions. North Korea has cut a direct hotline to South Korea. Wednesday's announcement means the North will sever its link used to operate Kaesong, an industrial complex run by the North and the South in a futile effort to foster cooperation.

A CNN report Friday cited Vice President Nicolas Maduro as saying the body of Hugo Chavez will rest in a glass case on public display forever. In the context of history, this is not a foreign idea. The most notable leader to be enshrined this way is Russia's Vladimir Lenin, whose body still lies in a mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square, nearly 90 years after his death.

The Guardian added that Maduro stated Chavez's body will be permanently displayed in a glass crystal casket so "his people will always have him." The remains will be placed at the Museum of the Revolution near the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years. Tens of thousands of people have already seen his body in a glass-topped casket at a military academy following a seven-hour procession on Tuesday.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez dead at 58

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CNN reported Tuesday that the President of Venezuela has finally succumbed to his longtime battle with cancer. The once coup-leading politician was a polarizing figure to the country. A divided country mourns its leader. The Venezuelan government stated that all governmental procedures will continue with the Vice President Nicolas Maduro taking over for Chavez.

The Wall Street Journal that Chavez was just months into his fourth term and that his death throws the county into uncertainty. Elections will be held in 30 days. Some in the ruling party disputed the interim President Nicolas Maduro saying it should be the head of the assembly. The Supreme Court declined to immediately weigh in.

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