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In shadow of Mexico’s 43 missing students, thousands of others have vanished and are mourned

COCULA, Mexico On the morning of her high school graduation, Berenice Navarijo Segura was delayed for a hair and makeup appointment by an explosion of gunfire in the centre of town. Her mother was up before dawn preparing stewed goat and beans for the celebration, and didn’t want her to risk going out.

Germany demands more help from other EU nations as bloc holds emergency talks on refugees

BRUSSELS Germany announced Monday it expects to handle one million people fleeing their homelands this year and Slovakia joined Berlin in reintroducing border checks with Austria, underscoring the need for European Union nations to quickly forge a common strategy to deal with Europe’s immigration crisis.

Australian prime minister ousted in internal party challenge, replaced by former party leader

CANBERRA, Australia Australia’s beleaguered prime minister was ousted from power in an internal party ballot on Monday as the ruling conservative party attempts to win back a disenchanted public by replacing the nation’s polarizing, gaffe-prone leader with his more moderate rival.

Top section of King Kamehameha’s bronze spear stolen from statue in Hilo, Hawaii

HILO, Hawaii: Part of King Kamehameha’s (cah-MEH’-ha-MEH’-ha) spear is missing.

Police on Hawaii’s Big Island are asking the public for help locating the top section of the spear that’s part of the statue of the Hawaiian warrior in Hilo (HEE’-loh).

Police say the spear was last seen Saturday and was reported missing Sunday.

Obama moves to change name of North America’s tallest mountain from Mount McKinley to Denali

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska.

Last brutal sign-off: Former broadcaster who gunned down TV news crew was volatile, angry man

Even after gunning down a TV news reporter and cameraman during a live interview, Vester Lee Flanagan II continued to rage. But after a volatile career that had seen him fired at least twice for clashing with co-workers who recall him as an off-kilter loner, this would be the former broadcaster’s last, brutal sign-off.