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2012-12-14T00:00:00Z Around the worldFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
December 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Mexico

Family IDs remains of music star Rivera

MONTERREY - The remains of Mexican-American music star Jenni Rivera were headed back to the United States after being identified by her family, state officials said Thursday.

The Nuevo Leon state government announced that it had released the remains. State security spokesman Jorge Domene said earlier in the day that Rivera's family had made a positive identification but there would be a delay of several days while DNA tests were completed. The government did not immediately explain the discrepancy.

Officials also said two state police officers had been arrested on suspicion of stealing unspecified items from the scene of the plane crash that killed Rivera Sunday.

The Nuevo Leon state government said authorities also found images of the scene on the smartphone of one of the officers while trying to determine how the Mexican media obtained photographs of the secured site, including images of body parts and personal documents.

Vatican

Revocation of bishop's title is called invalid

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is refusing to accept the decision by Chinese authorities to revoke the title of Shanghai's auxiliary bishop.

Ma Daquin was jointly named to the post in a rare consensus between Beijing and the Vatican. He has been confined to a seminary since announcing his intention to drop out of the government agency that oversees the officially sanctioned church, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, in front of a congregation during his July 7 ordination as auxiliary bishop.

Chinese authorities announced the decision to revoke his title at an internal meeting this week.

The No. 2 official in the Vatican's missionary office, Hong Kong Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai, said Thursday that Ma remains auxiliary bishop and that the "so-called" Chinese Catholics bishops conference has no authority to change that.

Poland

March recalls 1981's martial-law edict

WARSAW - Hundreds of Poles marched in Warsaw Thursday to commemorate the 31st anniversary of a communist crackdown and to express grievances with the current democratic system.

The protest was organized by the country's main opposition party, Law and Justice, a nationalistic and conservative group led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Kaczynski is the twin of President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia in 2010. That tragedy increased the traditional anti-Russian sentiment of the party's base, something seen in slogans on placards at Thursday's march.

A Moscow-backed government imposed martial law on Dec. 13, 1981, an attempt to crush Lech Walesa's pro-democracy Solidarity movement.

Russia

5 killed in building's collapse; 9 missing

ROSTON-ON-DON - Five workers have been killed in the collapse of a building under construction in the city of Taganrog, and rescuers were searching Thursday for others believed buried in the rubble.

Marina Abramchenko, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry's office for Russia's southern region, said about nine workers were believed to be under huge chunks of concrete after the Thursday evening collapse of the four-story residential building.

About another dozen have been hospitalized, news reports said.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately known.

Taganrog is a port city of about 250,000 people on the Azov Sea, 625 miles south of Moscow.

The Associated Press

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