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Earthquake shakes Mexico

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A magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit Mexico on Sunday night in the state of Michoacan, USA Today reported.

There were no reports of significant damage, but oil company Pemex did report power losses that may have been a result of the quake, and Mexico City reported feeling tremors, according to Reuters.

The earthquake was initially reported as 6.2 before registering as a 5.9, news sources said. Overall, there were no lasting or significant problems as a result of the quake.

Venezuelan presidential election to include opposition leader

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Henrique Capriles Radonski, Venezuelan opposition leader, announced on Sunday his candidacy in the Venezuelan presidential elections set for April 14, news sources reported.

Capriles also denounced Friday's inauguration of President Nicolas Maduro in Sunday's televised address, stating Maduro's inauguration was a "constitutional fraud," Voice of America said.

Capriles also claimed Maduro and the government of lying about the health conditions of Hugo Chavez, former Venezuelan President who died Tuesday after a two year battle with cancer, in order to benefit politically, according to USA Today.

Capriles lost to Chavez in last October's presidential race, and analysts do not believe he has much chance in this election, USA Today said.

Karachi blast kills at least 45

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An explosion tore through a crowd of Shiites in Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people, according to the New York Times.

The blast came from what police said was a car bomb, and the explosion had wounded at least 149 people after the fire spread to nearby homes and shops, news sources reported.

The blast hit Shiite worshipers as they offered Maghribain prayers at an Imambargah in Abbas Town, the International News said. The most suspected group for the crime is the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group, though no suspicions have been confirmed, news sources reported.

Thousands turn out for Pope Benedict blessing

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Pope Benedict addressed over 50,000 people on Sunday in St. Peter's Square in his first such appearance since announcing his resignation last week, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Benedict recited the Angulus prayer as well and thanking and blessing his supporters, news sources reported. He also asked for prayer for the future pope who will take his place.

BBC News said the Vatican is now considering holding the papal conclave earlier than originally planned in order to have a pontiff in place prior to Holy Week.

Plagiarism case leads to resignation of German education minister

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Annette Schavan resigned on Saturday from her position as Germany's education minister after Duesseldorf's Heinrich Heine University voted to remove her doctorate on ground of plagiarism, news sources reported.

The allegations of plagiarism in Schavan's 1980 thesis originally came from an anonymous blogger whose claims sparked a review of the thesis by an academic panel, Time World said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel told news sources she accepted Schavan's resignation with a "heavy heart," and analysts said this resignation will not bode well for Merkel's reelection campaign, BBC News reported.

Schavan said she plans to take legal action against the university's allegations, and resigned because she did not want the legal strains to affect her political office or party, news sources said.

Four detained for investigation of Brazil nightclub fire

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Authorities arrested four men on Monday to hold for the investigation of the Brazilian nightclub fire that killed 232 people and injured another 130, news sources report.

The co-owners of the nightclub were detained along with two of the performers whose pyrotechnics show caused the inferno, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The preliminary investigation said that the pyrotechnics of the band performing in the club set off a fire that many were unable to escape from due to the complete lack of emergency exits, USA Today reported. Those in the club had to push past the security guards and through the only door in the entire building.

Funerals took place on Monday for what was one of the largest nightclub disasters in Brazilian history, news sources report. Further investigation will look into the safety permits on the building, including a fire permit that expired in August, and how the building continued to stay in operation despite safety concerns, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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