Sarkozy hides in cafe
President Nicolas Sarkozy took refuge from a crowd of several hundred angry protesters in a cafe, as riot police swarmed in to protect him while he campaigned in Bayonne in Basque country. Riot police surrounded the Bar du Palais, where Sarkozy stayed for about an hour on Thursday to get away from the protesters — some of them Basque nationalists, others carrying posters of rival Socialist candidate Francois Hollande. Inside the cafe, where he met with residents of Bayonne, Sarkozy denounced “the violence of a minority and their unacceptable behavior.” While he was inside, some of the protesters outside threw eggs toward the barrier of riot police guarding the cafe.
Troops kill 13 in gunbattle
Troops have killed 13 gunmen in a shootout in the border town of Nuevo Laredo and seized weapons and drugs, officials said. The defense secretariat said in a statement late on Thursday that 13 “assailants” had fallen while three soldiers were wounded after troops came under attack in the town. After the clash, soldiers seized several weapons, including 12 rifles and a grenade launcher, as well as drugs, the statement said. Local officials said the fighting lasted around four hours.
Decapitated bodies dumped
Seven decapitated bodies were dumped in a pick-up truck on a busy street in the northern town of Santiago de Papasquiaro, along with messages attributed to a drug gang, officials said on Thursday. A tip off alerted authorities to seven heads dumped in the town while police also found the bodies at the site, said Raymundo Enriquez, spokesman for Durango state prosecutor’s office. A military source said several messages supposedly signed by the Zetas drug gang were found with the bodies, including one threatening a local justice official.
Speed caused train crash
Speed caused a train derailment in Ontario province that killed three engineers and injured dozens this week, investigators said on Thursday after inspecting its black box recorder. Transportation Safety Board lead investigator Tom Griffith said the train was on time and traveling at 67mph (107kph) — four times faster than it should while switching from one track to another. He also told a press conference, the train was accelerating as it passed two signal lights warning of the approaching crossover where it derailed. “Though we know the excess speed caused the derailment, this is not the end of the investigation,” Griffith said. “We had two experienced people in the front of that train. Why they were [speeding]? That’s what we’ve got to find out.”
Ohio teen charged
The 17-year-old boy accused in a school shooting in Ohio was charged on Thursday with three counts of aggravated murder and two counts of attempted aggravated murder, a prosecutor said. The charges against TJ Lane, who gave himself up and confessed to police after Monday’s shooting spree at Chardon High School, were filed in a juvenile court, but prosecutors want to see the case transferred to an adult court, meaning the teen could face life without parole if convicted. Lane allegedly fired 10 shots from a .22 caliber handgun on Monday on a group of teenagers in the high school cafeteria. One victim died in hospital hours after the shooting. Two more succumbed to their wounds on Tuesday. A fourth gunshot victim remains in hospital