Clashes sparked by suspected cartel gunmen in a northern Mexican town killed 20 people this weekend, authorities said, putting more pressure on Mexico’s president to curb gang violence after the United States vowed to label the gangs terrorists. Killings clouded celebrations marking Lopez Obrador’s first year in office, which were buffeted by a march in Mexico City by thousands of people protesting the violence.
Malta’s embattled prime minister Joseph Muscat has resigned, driven from office by the constitutional and political crisis triggered by the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The prime minister expressed “deep regret” for Caruana Galizia’s murder and spoke of the need for a “fresh page”. Caruana Galizia was killed in October 2017 when a bomb planted under the driver’s seat of her rental car was detonated.
Outrage is mounting in India after the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old vet in the city of Hyderabad. Thousands protested outside a police station in the city, demanding accountability. Police have suspended three officers. Meanwhile family members have turned away visiting politicians and police officials, demanding action instead. The victim’s charred remains were discovered after she disappeared on Wednesday.
The president of the West African nation of Burkina Faso has confirmed that 14 people were killed in an attack on a Protestant church in the country’s east. Islamic extremists have been active in Burkina Faso since 2015. Jihadists have attacked police stations and churches across the country’s north but also recently have struck in the east.
Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne said on Monday said the treatment of an Australian writer detained in China was “unacceptable”, and called for more details on his case in a move likely to increase tensions with the government in Beijing. In an unusually frank statement, Payne said she was “very concerned” by reports she had received from Australian embassy officials who recently visited Yang in detention.