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Yemen security forces fired

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Yemen security forces fired upon protesters - killing 26 - organizing against current president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the LA Times reported Sunday.

The AP report sheds a different light on the story adding that 10 soldiers were killed in addition and described the conflict as a "battle in a government campaign to retake territory from al-Qaida-linked fighters".

According to the initial report, protests began as peaceful, but members of the movement began throwing stones and Molotov cocktails towards heavily armored government buildings.

This incident is considered to be the bloodiest of a 9 month rebellion.

Chinese giant pandas arrive in Edinburgh

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Similar to that of international superstars, two twin pandas named Tian Tian and Yang Chuang arrived in Scotland Sunday to cheering crowds and celebratory bag pipes, reports The Guardian.

The pandas landed in their personal Boeing 777 airliner, complete with a large panda decal on the side of the plan and a personal menu including bamboo, apples, carrots and specially prepared "panda cake."

The twin pandas names translate to Sweetie and Sunshine. Their arrival and plane can be seen here.

Demonstrators head back to Cairo square

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Yemen security forces fired upon protesters - killing 26 - organizing against current president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the LA Times reported Sunday.

The AP report sheds a different light on the story adding that 10 soldiers were killed in addition and described the conflict as a "battle in a government campaign to retake territory from al-Qaida-linked fighters".

According to the initial report, protests began as peaceful, but members of the movement began throwing stones and Molotov cocktails towards heavily armored government buildings.

This incident is considered to be the bloodiest of a 9 month rebellion.

Obama confronts China president over currency issues

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President Obama put his foot down in a private meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao and scolded him about China's economic policies, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Reuters says Obama expressed that the American people are becoming "impatient and frustrated" with China for exploiting U.S. exports in their markets.

Perez wins Guatemala's presidential election

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Otto Perez Molina, a retired army Gen., won Sunday's election by preying on citizen's safety concerns, CNN reports.

The Associated Press reports that Perez won easily due to his promising to get tough on crime and drug violence. Perez, 61, won 55 percent of the vote.

600 killed in Turkey earthquake

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The body count of 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey a week ago has reached 600, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Additionally, 4,100 people were injured in last Sunday's earthquake, according to CNN.

The United States and China are the most recent countries to offer support to the European country.

Shark kills American man swimming in Australia

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A Texas man was killed by a great white shark off the coast of Australia Saturday while scuba diving, according to CNN.

Friends said they noticed bubbles and then blood appear in the water followed by the surfacing of the victim's body.

The Hindu reports that this is the third of a recent series of attacks. Australia averages fewer than two fatal shark attacks a year.

Obama fears Iranian plot to assassinate U.S. ambassador

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President Obama is prodding the United Nations to divulge classified information regarding Iran's nuclear weapons technology, says The New York Times.

This follows an earlier United States accusation that Iran is planning to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. Coupling the two incidents together, president Obama looks to increase pressure on Iran.

Representative Mike Rogers and chairmen of the House Intelligence Committee suggests the releasing of this information could have serious repercussions.

"Military force should not be ruled out as a response to an Iranian assassination plot on US soil," Rogers was attributed to saying in the Boston Globe.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that at least 22 people were killed in Egypt when Christians and military police collided Sunday.

In a similar story the Associated Press reports that 24 were killed and that more than 200 injured.

According to these reports the violence escalated after Coptic Christians, known locally as Copts, were protesting peacefully after a church was burned down by Muslims. The Copts began attacking after military vehicles drove into the demonstrators.

One of the military policemen saw it another way.

"Protesters fired bird shot at the military police," said a policeman at the scene who would not give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "The police didn't interfere until protesters shot dead one of our officers and set ablaze a number of military vehicles and threw stones at the TV building."


Mexican Journalist Killed After Using Twitter

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A Mexican journalist was killed via decapatation after posting updates to ongoing criminal stories via a social media site, according to CPJ.org.

Maria Elizabeth Macias Castro, 39-year-old editor of local daily Primera Hora, used her Twitter account "La NenaDLaredo" (The girl from Laredo) to write adversely about criminal groups and minor corruption in city affairs, El Universal reports.

A follow up story from CPJ notes that the killers of Castro made sure their actions and message were clear by leaving a hand-written note along with a prop keyboard nearby the crime scene.

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