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by Compiled by Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports | February 2, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

Mexico gunmen rob, kill 7 party-goers

MEXICO CITY -- Gunmen on two motorcycles burst into a weekend party and robbed those at the house, then returned a few minutes later and opened fire, killing six men and one woman, authorities in north-central Mexico reported Sunday.

Jalisco state prosecutors said the attack occurred late Saturday. Jalisco has long been home to the cartel of the same name, but the attack occurred close to the border with Zacatecas state, where several drug gangs have been fighting for territory.

A shooting attack on anther party in the neighboring state of Michoacan wounded several people. State police said three assailants opened fire at partygoers in the city of Uruapan. Local media reported there were children at the party and among the wounded.

While authorities in most states in Mexico have discouraged holding parties during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been little enforcement. Mexico's federal government has discouraged states from arresting or fining people for such behavior.

Uganda leader's win disputed in court

KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine on Monday launched a court case seeking to overturn the reelection of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years.

Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, had suggested he did not want to legitimize Museveni's victory in last month's polls by seeking justice with a court that has been reluctant to rule against the president in past elections. The Supreme Court ruled three times that electoral irregularities were not substantial enough to affect the outcome.

Museveni won the Jan. 14 election with 58% of the vote while Wine had 35%, according to final results announced last week by the electoral commission after accounting for results from nearly all polling stations.

Wine has accused electoral authorities of declaring "cooked-up results," alleging irregularities such as soldiers stuffing ballot boxes, casting ballots for people and chasing voters away from polling stations across the East African country. He has urged his supporters to protest his loss through nonviolent means.

It was not immediately clear when courtroom arguments will begin. Museveni has dismissed allegations of vote fraud.

Australia media admit disobeying judge

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian media companies admitted in court Monday they breached a gag order in publishing references to Cardinal George Pell's since-overturned convictions in 2018 for child sexual abuse. The plea agreement avoids any journalist being sent to prison.

Dozens of companies, reporters and editors were charged with contempt and breaching a suppression order over their coverage of the convictions, which were banned from publication in Australia until February 2019.

Such suppression orders are common in the Australian and British judicial systems. But the enormous international interest in an Australian criminal trial with global ramifications highlighted the difficulty in enforcing such orders in the digital age.

Pell's five convictions have since been overturned by the High Court and he has returned to the Vatican after spending 13 months in prison.

The media businesses and journalists had been on trial in the Victoria state Supreme Court in Melbourne since November. The trial began two years after charges were filed.

But the case was resolved Monday after the 12 corporations agreed to plead guilty to 21 charges of breaching a suppression order made by the trial judge.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining 58 charges, including 46 against individual reporters and editors.

5 people dead in wake of Somali siege

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least five people have died in the attack on a Mogadishu hotel by Somalia's al-Shabab rebels that was ended early Monday by security forces, according to the Somali police force.

The siege of the Afrik hotel ended after a gun battle that lasted more than eight hours, and all four rebel attackers were killed, Somali police spokesman Sadiq Adan Ali said.

The rebels exploded hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades in their attempt to repulse the police forces, he said.

In addition to those killed, 15 people were injured and have been hospitalized, health authorities said.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack through theirAndalus radio and Somalimemo website.

Among the dead are Gen. Mohamed Nur Galal, a well-known retired army veteran who lived in the hotel. Another general and more than 100 civilians were rescued from the hotel, which is near a strategic junction on the road to the capital city's international airport, said Ali.

Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and the prime minister condemned the attack and sent their condolences to the families of the deceased.

-- Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports


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