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World news briefs — compiled Jan. 13

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BRAZIL

12 killed within hours

At least 12 young men were gunned down in separate incidents within hours of one another on the gritty outskirts of a university town, and investigators said Monday they’re looking into whether police officers carried out the killings as revenge for the shooting death of a colleague in the same area. The wave of killings began Sunday night and continued into early Monday in Campinas city. The mostly drive-by shootings occurred within about four hours of one another and came after an off-duty police officer was killed while fighting armed robbers at a gas station.

MEXICO

Federal forces step in

Federal forces will take over security in a large swath of a western Mexico state where firefights between vigilante groups and drug traffickers erupted over the weekend, a top Mexican official announced Monday. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said federal forces with support from Michoacan state police will patrol an area known as Tierra Caliente, the home base of the Knights Templar cartel.

CHINA

Baby seller sentenced

A Chinese court today found a doctor guilty of baby trafficking and sentenced her to death with a two-year reprieve, after the obstetrician admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers. Zhang Shuxia, who once worked in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, had told parents their newborns had congenital problems and persuaded them to give up their children, according to online postings from the court. In China, suspended death sentences are usually commuted to life imprisonment.

IRAQ

Dozens die in attacks

Fresh violence killed at least 26 people Monday in Iraq, where the U.N. chief was on a visit urging leaders to tackle the issues driving fighting in a western province where the army is in a standoff with al-Qaida-linked fighters. Police said the deadliest attack took place at night when a car bomb exploded near a market in Baghdad, killing 10 people and wounding 13 others.

Compiled from wire reports.


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