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Attack in Mexico casino kills 28

MONTERREY, Mexico — Two dozen gunmen burst into a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with a flammable liquid and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing at least 28 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said.

The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, which has seen a surge in drug cartel-related violence, represented one of the deadliest attacks against an entertainment center in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006.

Gaza militants call truce with Israel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants early today called their second truce in less than five days in an attempt to keep more than a week of hostilities with Israel from escalating.

A leader of the Islamic Jihad faction, Mahfez Azzam, said Egypt mediated the cease-fire, which is to go into effect at 1 p.m. local time today.

The factions had called a cease-fire late Sunday, but it dissolved almost immediately in a volley of rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes in which some two dozen Palestinians and one Israeli were killed.

Russians search for space craft wreckage

MOSCOW — Russian helicopters searched Thursday for the wreckage of the unmanned space craft that crashed and exploded in a forested area in Siberia.

The supply ship was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan about 900 miles southwest of the crash site. It fell after the third stage of its booster rocket failed a few minutes into Wednesday's launch, in the Choisky district in Russia's Altai province.

It was the 44th launch of a Progress supply ship to the space station — and the first failure in the nearly 13-year life of the complex.

The spaceship was carrying almost 3 tons of supplies to the International Space Station.

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