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World News: Mexicans Retake Town; Ship Fire in North Sea; Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan Updates

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MORELIA, Mexico (AP) -- Vigilantes belonging to a "self-defense" movement have taken over another town in the Mexican state of Michoacan amid confrontations that left two people dead and three wounded.
State prosecutor's spokeswoman Magdalena Guzman says the clash took place in a hamlet near the town of Tancitaro, which vigilantes took over Saturday in a bid to kick out the western state's dominant drug cartel.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the dead are vigilantes or gunmen of the Knights Templar cartel.
The Michoacan state government said that police and prosecutors had been sent to Tancitaro after "self defense" patrol members from two nearby towns took over its town hall and main square.
Residents in about a half-dozen Michoacan towns have risen up since February to shake off the dominance of the cartel.

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Norway's rescue service says a cargo ship with 32 people aboard is on fire in the North Sea and an attempt to evacuate it has been called off because of stormy weather.
Rescue spokesman John Sjursoe says 20 crew and 12 military personnel aboard the Britannia Seaways are fighting the fire, which started in a container.
Sjursoe says no one is injured and the fire did not appear to be spreading early Sunday as the vessel headed toward Floroe on the Norwegian coast, escorted by rescue ships and helicopters.
Armed forces spokesman Ivar Moen says the ship is carrying armored vehicles and other military equipment from northern Norway to take part in an exercise in the southern part of the country.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan capital has been hit with a suicide bombing, hours after President Hamid Karzai announced U.S. and Afghan negotiators had agreed on a draft deal allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country beyond 2014.
Officials say the car bomber attacked security forces protecting the site where thousands of tribal leaders are to gather next week to discuss the deal. Six people were killed and 22 wounded.
The Defense Ministry says a vehicle packed with explosives rammed into an armored vehicle posted about 200 yards from the giant tent where the meeting is to be held.
An Interior Ministry spokesman says security forces had prior knowledge of the attack but were unable to stop it. He did not elaborate.
Karzai has called 3,000 elders, clerics, parliamentarians and other influential figures to debate the Bilateral Security Agreement, which would allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the final withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of 2014.
Karzai says without the approval of the assembly, known as the Loya Jirga (LOY'-uh JUR'-guh), the agreement most likely won't be signed. If it is approved, it still must be voted on by the parliament.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Mourners have turned out in Tripoli, Libya, to pray for the 43 people killed when militiamen fired on protesters in the capital yesterday.
Armed residents and pro-government militiamen set up checkpoints across Tripoli, as thousands of protesters converged on in the city center. They gathered in Martyrs' square, a focal point of the country's uprising against former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, to pray for the dead. They raised Libyan flags and portraits of the slain protesters, chanting "Martyrs for you Libya" and calling for civil disobedience.
Yesterday's protest against unlawful armed groups was the biggest show of public anger over militias in months. In addition to the 43 killed, health officials say some 500 people were wounded when militiamen fired on the crowd.
Today, soldiers and government-affiliated militias stormed a Tripoli military base occupied by gunmen, sparking fresh fighting that left four dead.

CAIRO (AP) -- A Muslim Brotherhood-led alliance in Egypt says it is ready for a national dialogue to end the political standoff in the country, in an announcement that does not demand the return of the country's toppled president to power.
The coalition called Saturday for the release of detainees arrested after the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3. They also asked for the end of security crackdown on Brotherhood members and its allies, as well as the reopening of television channels supporting them.
The return of Morsi to office is a long-held demand by the group and the motive behind the near-daily protests it has launched.
Mohammed Bishr, a leading member of the Brotherhood, told reporters the initiative is on the table for two weeks.

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The global chemical weapons watchdog has adopted a formal plan for the destruction of Syria's estimated 1,300-ton poison gas stockpile.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' plan calls for the "most critical" chemicals to be removed from Syria by the end of the year.
Where they will be sent, however, is unclear. The U.S. asked Albania to take them, but Friday its prime minister said no. The plan was unpopular in Albania, and young protesters had camped outside prime minister's office to oppose it, fearing it would be a health and environmental hazard. They cheered the announcement.
OPCW officials say they have options other than Albania, but they can't say where. Syria has said it wants the weapons destroyed outside the country, which is in the throes of civil war.
Chemical weapons have to be incinerated at extremely high temperatures or neutralized using other chemicals -- both methods are costly, risky and time-consuming operations that require specialized machinery.
Norway has offered a cargo ship and naval frigate to help transport the chemicals.

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists say al-Qaida-linked jihadists have mistakenly beheaded a wounded fellow fighter.
Rami Abdurrahman of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and another activist in the northern province of Aleppo say fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant found the wounded rebel in a hospital after a battle with government forces on Wednesday.
They said he was moaning phrases typical of Shiites (al-Qaida align themselves with certain Sunnis). Shiites in Syria and its neighbors have fought on behalf of President Bashar Assad, who comes from an offshoot of the sect.
The activist spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution.
The fighters later displayed the man's head before a crowd in Aleppo city. But residents identified it as belonging to a leader of another hard-line rebel group, Ahrar al-Sham.

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Pakistani government has imposed a rare curfew in the garrison city of Rawalpindi next to the capital after sectarian clashes during a Shiite religious commemoration killed seven Sunni Muslims.
Shoaib Bin Aziz, an official with the government of Punjab province where Rawalpindi is located, said Saturday that residents were ordered to stay in their homes until further notice.
Soldiers and police were patrolling the streets to enforce the curfew.
The seven Sunnis were killed Friday in a clash with Shiites who were holding a procession to mark Ashoura, one of the sect's most important religious occasions.
Police officer Mohammad Wasim said 35 other people were wounded. Shiites set fire to dozens of shops in anger.
Fire department official Mohammad Mazhar said two Shiite mosques were set on fire overnight.


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