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Egyptian Muslim party benefits from holiday

CAIRO — This weekend's Islamic holiday, which centers on sacrifice and feeding the poor, offers the Muslim Brotherhood a golden opportunity.

For the first time, Egypt's Islamist powerhouse is able to campaign openly under a new party banner, and it is using its long-standing charity networks to gain an edge over more liberal and secular candidates ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled to begin in two weeks.

Across the country, the movement's political and charitable machine is selling discounted meat and vegetables to families who otherwise couldn't afford the traditional rituals for Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice.

Critics call it vote-buying, but the Brotherhood says social services are its historic conduit to the people.

Mexican gunmen kill 8 at volleyball game

CULIACAN, Mexico — Gunmen who killed eight people and wounded seven at a pickup volleyball game in the Mexican state of Sinaloa were targeting the men at the game, authorities said Saturday.

Sinaloa prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said while it has not be ruled out that the volleyball players and spectators were caught in a crossfire, witnesses have told authorities the assailants arrived with two people with covered faces who pointed out to the gunmen who to shoot.

"The attackers knew perfectly well who they were going to kill," Higuera said, adding that the shooting appears to be part of a conflict between rival groups.

No motive has been given for Friday's attack in the state capital of Culiacan, but Sinaloa is the home of the powerful Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

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