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CANADA

Two dead in party shooting

Two people were killed and at least 19 injured in a shooting at an outdoor party in Toronto, police said yesterday, raising fresh fears of a rise in gun crime in the nation’s largest city. Police said it was too early to say what prompted the shooting late on Monday, in which a young man and young woman were killed. Many of those hurt were injured in the panic that ensued after shots were fired. “This is the most serious crime of its kind to ever take place in the city of Toronto,” Toronto police chief Bill Blair told reporters at the scene. The incident occurred barely six weeks after a shooting at a shopping mall that killed one and wounded six.

MEXICO

Hundreds of youths arrested

Police held 226 mostly minors for questioning on Monday after what may have been the nation’s first incidence of flash mob violence. Ninety-one youths were let go during the day for lack of evidence, while the others remained in custody. Mexico City police chief Manuel Mondragon said two young men had called on other people to gather for a concert of reggaeton music on Sunday, but hundreds more people showed up than could fit into the bar where it was being held. Mondragon said as many as 600 angry youths who couldn’t get into the concert went on a rampage at local subway stations, damaging turnstiles and streetlamps, robbing people and tossing fireworks in an area popular among foreign residents and tourists. A police car had its windshield smashed. Mondragon said the people taken into custody were mostly younger than 18.

BRAZIL

Bus accident kills 10

Police in the southern state of Parana told local media that 10 people died and 42 were injured when a bus crashed and rolled off the road. The fatal victims of Monday morning’s accident have not been identified. A police spokesman told O Globo newspaper there were 52 passengers in the bus and two drivers. Police said the bus was traveling with two other buses to a conference of the Brazilian Computer Association at the Federal University of Parana, scheduled to start on Monday morning. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

MEXICO

Homicides down: Calderon

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said homicides dropped 15 to 20 percent in the first six months of this year compared with a year ago. In an interview published on Sunday by the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Calderon said: “Violence related to rivalries between criminals is declining. It is higher than when I assumed the presidency, yes, but I insist it is a phenomenon that comes from the brutality and conflicts between cartels, and not precisely from the government’s actions.” Calderon said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last month that drug-related killings had fallen by about 12 percent in the first five months of this year, although his administration has refused to release the actual figures of drug-linked homicides since September.

SUDAN

Chopper crash kills seven

The official news agency said seven army officers were killed when their helicopter crashed over the western region of Darfur. SUNA quoted military spokesman Colonel Sawarmy Khalid Saad as saying on Monday that the helicopter was on an “administrative mission” and that a technical failure caused the crash. Two officers were also injured. The military gave no further details of the crash, the malfunction or the identities of the officers.

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