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Breaking: Mexicali earthquake upgraded to 7.2 magnitude

About an hour ago, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Baja California, Mexico, close to the U.S. border. Geologists have initially said the quake was very shallow and about 6 miles deep. Reports also indicate that the quake could be felt in Los Angeles. So far a few eyewitnesses have said they’ve spotted damage in Mexico, but with electricity and telephone lines down near the epicenter, reports are scarce. Follow updates with the Los Angles Times.

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Cities worldwide celebrate Earth Hour

Cities in over 125 countries are officially taking part in the environment-friendly Earth Hour, which encourages everyone to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday at 8:30 pm local time. Iconic landmarks and sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Las Vegas Strip, and the Egyptian pyramids, among others, have agreed to turn off their lights for the initiative. One exception lies in the city of Bangkok, where officials have decided not to partake due to fear of violence from anti-government protesters, AFP.

Officials say they have found the decapitated head and body of Heriberto Cerda, the police chief of Agualeguas, Mexico. His brother, Jesus Cerda, was found dead in a truck nearby, but police have not reported his cause of death. The town’s deputy police chief and Cerda’s bodyguard were also murdered by gunmen hours before the discovery of the bodies belonging to the Cerda brothers. The crimes are believed to be related to drug and gang violence, which has killed 18,000 people in the country since 2006, AP.

The bloc of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has been declared the winner of the Iraqi parliamentary elections that took place two weeks ago, but it remains to be seen if Allawi will become the next prime minister. He has vowed to help bring peace to the Arab and Muslim world by accepting his former political rivals into the new government and promoting governmental secularism, AP.

The sinking of a South Korean naval ship may have been due to a mine explosion, new reports suggest. Of the 104 sailors onboard the ship, 58 have been rescued thus far, and officials say there is little reason to suspect North Korea was involved, Xinhau.

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Breaking: Hurricane Rick Strengthens

BNO News is reporting that winds from Hurricane Rick have reached 180mph. This makes Rick the second strongest eastern Pacific hurricane on record, after 1997’s Linda. The storm is moving towards Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, but it is not expected to be a category 5 storm when it makes landfall. Heavy rain should hit Mexico’s southern coast tonight and the hurricane will reach the shore later next week.

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Today’s Jackson Memorial Dominates Media Coverage

A memorial tribute to Michael Jackson will begin at 12pm EDT at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Though tickets were distributed by an online lottery, thousands have flocked to Los Angeles to be near the event. CNN Live feed.

Unrest continues in the city of Urumqi in China following Sunday’s riots by member of the Uighur ethnic group. Chinese officials say the majority of the 156 killed in the riots were Han Chinese while Uighur groups claim the majority were Uighur. Participants of the most recent riots are said to be Han Chinese who are targeting Uighurs in retaliation for Sunday’s violence, BBC News.

Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI, made a comeback by winning a majority of the midterm congressional elections. PRI controlled government for 70 years before being defeated by National Action Party, PAN, the party of the current president Felipe Calderon, Los Angeles Times.

In a deadly day in Afghanistan yesterday, 10 members of the NATO led coalition died: 7 Americans, 2 Canadians, and 1 Briton, CNN International.

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Tribesman and Police Battle in Peru

Nine policeman in Peru have been killed by Amazonian indigenous protesters during a rescue operation at a petroleum facility. Protesters had kidnapped 38 officers, of which 22 were rescued and seven others are still missing. The protesters were angry with the government for drilling for oil and gas on ancestral land. Fighting in Bagua, Peru began Friday, killing 22 tribesman and 11 officers. 5 civilians were also killed. The violence was the worst in the country since the 1990s, BBC News.

Juarez, Mexico seemed to be recovering from their deadly drug wars, but violence is spiking again. Officials say the amount of executions performed in broad daylight is much higher than at this time last year. Two drugs cartels in the city are fighting for control of the drug trafficking routes that enter the U.S. Juarez is just across the border from El Paso, Texas, NPR.

Longshot Summer Bird won today’s Belmont Stakes race, denying jockey Calvin Borel the chance to be the only jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races on different horses. Borel rode Mine That Bird, the horse he rode in his Kentucky Derby win, and placed third, SI.

Svetlana Kuznetsova easily defeated #1 ranked Dinara Safina in the women’s finals of the French Open. Kuznetsova won in only 74 minutes, winning the frist two sets 6-4 and 6-2. Tomorrow, Roger Federer will play Robin Soderling in an attempt to win the only Grand Slam title that has alluded him in his career, ESPN.

U.S. President Obama spoke at Omaha Beach in France today to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Read a summary and quotes from his speech here.

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Husband and Wife Accused of Being Cuban Spies

A former U.S. State Department employee and his wife were arrested yesterday and charged with spying for Cuba for almost 30 years. Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and Gwendolyn Myers, 71, are alleged to have been Cuban agents, reportedly providing classified information to the Cuban government, CNN.

United Kingdom Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, insists he will not step down amid a global economic crisis, many high-level resignations, and a massive cabinet reshuffling. The reshuffle was said to have been an attempt to give Brown more support in the government, BBC News.

A 23-year-old rancher has won the $232.1M jackpot in the U.S. Neal Wanless of Pierre, S.D., says he will use the money to expand his family’s ranch and to help out the townspeople who helped his family. Wanless decided to choose the one-time cash prize of $118,005,530, and he will take home about $88 after taxes, USA Today.

A fire at a daycare center in northern Mexico has reportedly killed at least 27 children and injured over 50. The center was located in Hermosillo in the state of Sonora. At least 176 children were at the center when the fire broke out, and officials say the death toll will likely rise, AFP.

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Kuwait Elects 1st Female Lawmakers

In a country where women have only had the rights to vote and run for public office since 2006, Kuwait has elected 4 women to its national parliament, CNN International.

Tamil Tiger rebels have called a ceasefire, effectively surrendering to the Sri Lankan army and ending the intense conflict of the past month. The Sri Lankan government claims that all civilians were rescued from the war zone before it began its final push. Media are not allowed in the area so it is impossible to verify reports from either side. It is estimated that 70,000 have been killed in the conflict since it began 26 years ago, BBC News.

Pakistan claims that it has killed 1,000 militants since it stepped up attacks on Taliban rebels earlier this year. A massive civilian evacuation is underway in northwestern Pakistan along the Afghanistan border, Xinhua.

Men in Mexico dressed as police freed 53 prisoners from a Mexican prison. Mexico is in the middle of a tough fight against drug gangs, New York Times.

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