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World news briefs — compiled March 14

MEXICO

Vigilantes warned to rein in tactics

Mexican authorities on Friday finally served notice to vigilantes fighting a drug cartel in western Michoacan state that their illegal tactics will no longer be tolerated. The warning came after months in which government troops and federal police tolerated thousands of assault rifle-wielding civilians breaking down doors, settling up roadblocks and taking over towns to oust the vicious Knights Templar cartel.

ISRAEL

Artillery shells fired into Lebanon

Israel fired tank and artillery shells Friday night into southern Lebanon after a roadside bomb exploded near its soldiers patrolling the border. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said the explosion damaged a military vehicle near the border. He said no soldiers were hurt in the blast, though three went to hospital for observation to rule out internal injuries.

ALGERIA

Troops kill 7 militants near border

Algerian security forces killed seven militants attempting to sneak into the country in a four-wheel drive vehicle from Tunisia near the city of Tebessa, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

FRANCE

Former Rwandan official sentenced

Paris court delivered France’s first-ever conviction for genocide Friday, sentencing a Rwandan former intelligence chief to 25 years in prison over the 1994 killings of at least 500,000 people in the African country. The landmark trial of Pascal Simbikangwa, 54, sets off what could be the first of dozens of French trials into one of the 20th century’s greatest atrocities — two decades after it happened.

FINLAND

Two detained over campus threats

Finnish police say they have detained two people for allegedly planning an attack against the University of Helsinki. The university’s administrative chief said Friday it was the first time such a threat “against the life or health of others” has been made against the Nordic country’s key academic institution, but gave no further details.

Compiled from wire reports.



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