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Device explodes at U.S. office in Nuevo Laredo

MEXICO CITY — An attacker threw an explosive device over the wall around the U.S. consulate in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, breaking windows and startling employees inside but causing no injuries, the U.S. Embassy said Saturday.

The attack, which took place about 11:30 p.m. Friday, is under investigation, embassy spokesman Claude Young said.

Nuevo Laredo, across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas, and other cities have seen increased violence in recent weeks as powerful Mexican drug cartels battle over control of lucrative trafficking along the border.

Kyrgyz leaders debate fate of ex-president

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Declaring it was at last in full control of the country, Kyrgyzstan's new government began a divisive and emotional debate Saturday on the fate of the nation's deposed president, who has been in hiding since his security forces fired on protesters in clashes that killed at least 79 people.

Roza Otunbayeva, leader of the transitional administration established after President Kurmanbek Bakiyev fled the capital Wednesday, appeared to edge away from an offer of safe passage into exile if he resigned, saying she had been moved by appeals for justice at funerals for the shooting victims.

"Yesterday, I said we'd provide for his personal safety.... Our people didn't like that. People say no talks, no negotiations, no soft statements, no guaranteeing his safety, only courts," she said.

Speaking after a meeting with a special U.N. envoy, Otunbayeva said she had proposed that Bakiyev be prosecuted by an international court.

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