World briefs: Hurricane, storm kill 12 in Mexico

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ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have claimed at least a dozen lives in Mexico and sparked the evacuations of thousands of people even before the weather systems had made landfall on the country's east and west coasts.

In the southern Pacific Coast state of Guerrero, rains unleashed by Manuel resulted in the deaths of six people when their SUV lost control on a highway. Another five people died in landslides in Guerrero and Puebla states, while the collapse of a fence killed another person in Acapulco.

Thousands sought shelter Sunday from Ingrid amid the threat of heavy rains, dangerous flash floods and mudslides. Female officer attacked

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An outspoken female police commander in southern Helmand province was shot and wounded by two gunmen Sunday, the third such attack on a female officer since July, authorities said.

The commander, 2nd Lt. Nigara, was shot in the neck and was in critical condition at a hospital in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.

The regional medical director, Enayatullah Ghafari, said initial indications were that she had been paralyzed.

Lt. Nigara, who goes by only one name, had just walked out of her home when two gunmen on a motorcycle shot her from behind. The authorities suspect drug traffickers or Taliban insurgents.

Mine collapse kills 20

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The partial collapse of a coal mine in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 20 coal miners and injured 14 others, officials said Sunday. Many of those who died suffocated.

It was unclear what caused the accident Saturday afternoon.

President Hamid Karzai called for a full investigation and sent the minister of mines to the scene, the remote village of Ruyi Du Ab in the northern province of Samangan.

At least 14 were sickened by the toxic fumes emanating from the site, said the deputy police chief of Samangan, Col. Musadiqullah, who goes by a single name. He said at least four men might still be trapped.

Pakstani general killed

ISLAMABAD -- A senior Pakistani general was killed in an insurgent bombing in the northwest of the country Sunday, bringing into sharp focus the government's recent overtures toward the Taliban for peace talks.

The roadside bomb explosion struck a vehicle carrying Maj. Gen. Sanaullah Khan Niazi in Upper Dir district, a military statement said.

Another officer and a soldier also died in the attack, for which the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

Maj. Gen. Niazi was the commander for the nearby Swat Valley, a mountainous district where the army mounted a major anti-Taliban operation in 2009.

Blogger renounces posts

BEIJING -- Chinese state television on Sunday broadcast a video of a blogger in handcuffs, renouncing his posts and saying how dangerous the Internet would be if left uncontrolled by the government.

Charles Xue's video was the latest step in what appears to be a systematic campaign to intimidate online opinion leaders.

The segment also marks a growing trend for authorities to broadcast interviews after big-name arrests, forcing suspects to confess publicly to alleged crimes prior to trial.

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