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Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital for tests

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South African President Jacob Zuma says that former President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in Pretoria for tests, President Jacob Zuma said Saturday, new sources report.

"Mandela is doing well and there is no cause for alarm," Zuma said. "The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding president of a free and democratic South Africa," CNN reprted.

Mandela, 94, is delicate health and has not made public appearances for a few years. He was moved from his home to South Africa's administrative capital in Pretoria, FOX news reports.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his fight against apartheid before becoming the nation's president in 1994., four years after he was freed from prison, CNN reports.

He was the country's first fully democratic elected president, FOX news reports.

Mexican drug queen killed in shootout

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A Mexican beauty queen was killed during a weekend shootout in northern Mexico where it's known for drug-fueled violence, authorities said Monday, new sources report.

Maria Susana Flores Gamez, 20, was the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa. She was killed Saturday in a gun battle between soldiers and the gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with, CNN reports.

Flores Gamez was "traveling in one of the vehicles that engaged the soldiers in an hours-long chase and shootout on Saturday," Prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said, FOX news reports.


This isn't the first time in Mexico a beauty queen was involved in a criminal act. In 2008, Laura Zuniga, who was then the reigning Our Sinaloa Beauty, was detained on suspicion of drug and weapons violations along with seven other men. She was later released, CNN reports.

Egyptian intelligence chief working to forge cease-fire

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Egypt's intelligence chief is in the talks with Hamas and Israel to end the five days of fire, news sources report.

Mohammed Shehata, a general with Egyptian intelligence, told CNN the Israeli military is reluctant to cease-fire without indications that a truce would hold.
Negotiations are still ongoing with no clear conclusion yet, CNN reported.

Thousands of Israeli troops are swarming near the Gaza border, "awaiting orders to invade should Israeli leaders decide to widen the operation," FOX news reports.

Rockets soared from Gaza toward Israel Saturday. One missile was blocked by a missile defense system as it was on the way to Tel Aviv, CNN reports.

Sunday comes a lull in the fire after Israel expanded its airstrike campaign on rockets in the Gaza Strip that stroke a Hamas government compound and a Cabinet building on Friday, FOX news reported.

U.S drone came under fire by Iran

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Iran's defense minister said Friday that a U.S. drone violated flying over the Iranian coastline violated Iranian airspace a week ago and had reason to try to bring down the drone. The U.S. maintains the drone was over international waters, news sources report.

The Pentagon said the shooting in the Gulf occurred over a wee ago on Nov. 1, when an Iranian military plane fired, at least twice but did not hit, an unarmed U.S. drone, FOX news reports.

The United States says Iranian jets fired while the drone was on a routine surveillance mission above international waters "16 miles from the Iranian coast." The internationally recognized territorial limit is 12 miles off the coast, CNN reports

"Last week, an unknown aircraft entered Iran's airspace in the Persian Gulf," Iran's defense minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said. "It was forced to leave on time by a wise and strong reaction on the part of the Iranian armed forces," FOX news reports.

Masoud Jazayeri, a senior general in the powerful Revolutionary Guard said on Friday "the Iranian armed forces will respond decisively to any act of transgression. ... If any foreign planes try to enter our country's [air]space, our armed forces will confront it," CNN reports.

While Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Saleh Jokar said. "This showed Iran has the necessary readiness to defend against any invasion," FOX news reports.

At least 682 jailed Kurdish militants are participating in a hunger strike in at least 67 prisons across Turkey, Turkey's government announced Friday, news sources report.
No protesters are in critical condition after entering its 51st day on Thursday, Rueters reports.
The statement by Turkey's Justice Ministry directly contradicted reports issued by members of two opposition parties, CNN reports.
The inmates may start to die within the next 10 days, Turkey's main medical association warned on Thursday, saying the prime minister's dismissal of the protest as a "show" risked hardening their resolve of the matter, Rueters reports.
Their demands, according to officials from the Peace and Democracy Party (Turkey's largest Kurdish nationalist party), is permission to use the Kurdish language in education and in courtrooms, and an end to the solitary confinement and eventual release of Abdullah Ocalan, a jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
The protests follow a surge in violence between Turkey and the PKK, a movement fighting a guerrilla war against the Turkish state for 30 years, CNN reports.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has played down this protest, claiming only one prisoner was on a "death fast" and was being monitored. Dozens of prisoners died in a hunger strike more than a decade ago, Reuters reports.
Turkey's semiofficial Anatolian Agency reported at least one soldier was killed and six wounded during a alleged PKK attack on a post in southeastern Turkey Friday, CNN reports.

Picasso, Monets Stolen from Dutch Museum

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Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum early Tuesday and stole paintings by Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol and Claude Monet, closing down exhibitions, according to new reports.

Police haven't said how the theft took place or how the art was protected but are speaking with potential witnesses and looking at security camera footage,CNN reports. Experts who track stolen art said the robbers clearly knew what they were after, Associated Press reports.

The heist at the Kunsthal museum is one of the biggest in years in the Netherlands, according to Associated Press. It "is a stunning blow for the private Triton Foundation collection, which was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time"


The artwork belonged to a private collection,The Triton Collection, and was put together by multimillionaire Willem Cordia, an investor and businessman, and his wife, Marijke Cordia-Van der Laan, Associated Press reports. It has taken 20 years to assemble and includes more than 150 works of modern art from the "late nineteenth century to the present day," CNN reports.

Kunsthal director Emily Ansenk spoke on behalf of the family in saying "we are shocked, but we will go on." (Associated Press).

Discussion Over Long Syrian Conflict

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Syrian government officials and Russia's ambassador in Damascus discussed ways to make a security committee between Syria and Turkey to control the border, news sources report.
This decision came three days after Turkey intercepted a Syrian passenger plane leaving Damascus to Moscow on Wednesday. It detained what was said to be military equipment, CBC reports.
Turkish prime minister criticized the U.N. Security Council on Saturday for its failure to decide on clear steps to end the on going civil war in Syria, FOX news reported.
For the last 19 months of the conflict tensions have continually risen between Syria's neighboring countries over border control, CBC reported.
In May two of the five permanent members of the Security Council, Russia and China, vetoed resolutions that wanted to put pressure on the conflict and agree on a new political agenda for Syria, FOX news reported.

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