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Suicide bomber strikes mosque in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber struck worshippers during prayers Friday at a mosque close to the Afghan border, killing 48 people in an attack one official said may have been aimed at anti-Taliban elders praying during the holy month of Ramadan.

Militants have frequently attacked tribesmen who have dared speak up — or raise arms — against them in the border region, where al-Qaida and the Pakistan Taliban have long held sway. Rifts between insurgent factions have also led to mass casualty attacks there.

Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 people in militant violence since 2007, with mosques, markets and hotels all targeted. But the attack was especially shocking because it came not only on Islam's holiest day of the week, but also its holiest month.

Acapulco gas stations shut to protest gangs

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Nearly two dozen gas stations in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco shut down simultaneously for three hours Friday to protest growing drug cartel violence in the area.

Gas station owners said several of their security guards and attendants have been killed amid a spike in kidnappings, extortion and armed holdups in the last few months.

Drug violence has grown in Acapulco since the December 2009 killing of cartel boss Arturo Beltran Leyva, which set off fighting among factions of the Beltran Leyva cartel.

Mariano Gutierrez Otero, president of the local association of gas station owners, demanded Mexican President Felipe Calderon step up security in the area because of "the wave of violence consuming Acapulco."

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