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2012-11-12T00:00:00Z Around the worldFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
November 12, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Guatemala

6.5-magnitude quake rattles coast

GUATEMALA CITY - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala's Pacific coastline on Sunday, just four days after a major quake killed dozens and left thousands without homes in the region.

People fled buildings and homes in panic in cities along Guatemala's coast near its border with Mexico on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or major damage. Locals were further panicked by four aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 4.5 to 5.0.

Eddy Sanchez, director of Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology and Hydrology, urged residents to avoid returning to buildings and homes with structural damage from the last quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 19 miles west-southwest of Champerico, Guatemala, and 115 miles southwest of Guatemala City. It had a depth of 17 miles and was centered off the country's coast.

Germany

Swift, Bieber prevail at 2012 MTV EMA

FRANKFURT - Taylor Swift beat Rihanna in the battle of the women at the 2012 MTV EMA, taking three out of a possible five awards.

Rihanna and Swift topped the nominations with six and five nods respectively, but 22-year-old American singer-songwriter Swift walked away with Best Female, Best Live and Best Look.

Barbados-born R&B singer Rihanna went empty-handed, while Canadian pop star Justin Bieber matched Swift for the boys and earned Best World Stage, along with repeat wins for Best Pop and Best Male.

South Korean pop sensation Psy's "Gangnam Style" won the award for Best Video, and the late Whitney Houston was named Global Icon for her impact on pop music.

Slovenia

Runoff expected in presidential voting

LJUBLJANA - No candidate appeared to win an outright majority in Sunday's presidential election in Slovenia, and a runoff is expected next month between the incumbent and a former prime minister.

Former Prime Minister Borut Pahor was first with 40 percent of the vote, followed by President Danilo Turk, with 36.2 percent, and center-right candidate Milan Zver at 24 percent, the state election commission said after 99.9 percent of the ballots were counted.

If that outcome holds when the commission announces the official results in the coming days, a runoff between the top two candidates will be held on Dec. 2.

Britain

T.S. Eliot's widow Valerie Eliot dies at 86

LONDON - Valerie Eliot, the widow of T.S. Eliot and zealous guardian of the poet's literary legacy for almost half a century, has died. She was 86.

In a statement Sunday, the Eliot estate said Valerie Eliot died two days before at her London home after a short illness.

Born Valerie Fletcher in Leeds, northern England, on Aug. 17, 1926, Eliot was the second wife of the U.S.-born Nobel literature laureate. She met him at London publisher Faber & Faber, where he was a director and she a star-struck secretary who had been a fan of his work since her teenage years.

"I felt I knew him as a person" from his poems, she told The Independent newspaper in 1994, "and evidently I did."

Iran

Probe set in death of jailed blogger

TEHRAN - Iran's parliament announced Sunday that it would probe reports that a jailed blogger died suspiciously in custody earlier this week, according to the official IRNA news agency.

This was Iran's first official reaction to the death of Sattar Beheshti, in a rare example of parliament taking up allegations of human rights abuses first raised internationally. The case gained publicity over the weekend when the U.S. State Department and a press freedom group called for an inquiry.

It was known that the blogger died in custody, but how he died was not disclosed.

Deputy parliamentary speaker Mohammad Hasan Abutorabifard said that the legislature's influential committee on national security and foreign policy has been assigned to look into the circumstances of Beheshti's death.

United Arab Emirates

Huge ivory shipment is seized in Dubai

DUBAI - Customs authorities in Dubai have seized ivory worth as much as $4.1 million from more than 100 poached elephants.

The UAE's state news agency, WAM, reported Sunday that authorities at the Jebel Ali Port seized the ivory hidden in a shipment of green beans. They said it came from an unnamed African country and did not say where it was headed.

The elephant population in Africa has dropped in the past 40 years by more than to 600,000, mostly because of poaching. A global ban on the ivory trade in 1989 briefly halted the slide.

Conservationists say poaching, especially in central Africa, now reduces elephant numbers by 60,000 every year. Port cities such as Dubai are key transport hubs for ivory, most of it destined for China.

Kuwait

Thousands join rally to boycott election

KUWAIT CITY - Thousands of protesters have gathered outside Kuwait's parliament to denounce voting law changes and to rally around calls to boycott next month's parliamentary election.

Rights groups estimate 18,000 people joined the peaceful demonstration Sunday, the latest sign of the Gulf nation's deepening political crisis.

Opposition groups led by Islamists say they will stay away from the polls Dec. 1 to protest a decree by Kuwait's ruler that ended a complex election system in favor of a one-person-one-vote method.

They contend the emir overstepped his authority by making the changes.

Such a move could further deepen Kuwait's political clashes between the Islamist-led opposition and the Western-backed rulers.

Kenya

12 police in pursuit are killed in ambush

NAIROBI - A Kenyan official says 12 police officers were killed when they were ambushed while pursuing men who had stolen cattle.

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said Sunday that the 12 were killed early Saturday morning in northwestern Kenya. He said nine other officers were wounded in the attack and have been flown to Nairobi for treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.

Kiraithe said that hundreds of cattle were stolen from the Samburu community by raiders suspected to be from Turkana. He said police officers and reserves pursued the raiders when they were caught in the trap.

Cattle raiding is an ongoing source of friction between communities in northwestern Kenya.

Paraguay

More cocaine seized along Brazil border

ASUNCION - Paraguayan officials say they have arrested a Bolivian drug lord and seized more than a ton of cocaine in a northern city along the border with Brazil.

Special agents said Sunday they found a 3,724-pound cargo at a ranch in Salto del Guairo, some 250 miles from the capital, Asuncion.

Agents reported a smaller find on Saturday. But additional searches near the ranch turned up more cocaine and an illegal landing strip.

The National Anti-Drug Secretariat told The Associated Press the drugs were about to be flown in five small planes to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Authorities said they arrested alleged Bolivian drug lord Marco Antonio Rocca Ali and 18 other people, including Paraguayans, Brazilians and Bolivians.

The Associated Press

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