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In brief: Student killed in bombing outside school

Rome – A bomb exploded outside an Italian high school named after the wife of an assassinated anti-Mafia prosecutor, killing one student and wounding at least seven others, officials said Saturday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, and police were trying to determine who had planted the bomb. The bombing followed a spate of attacks against Italian officials and buildings by a group of anarchists.

The device went off a few minutes before 8 a.m. on Saturday in the Adriatic port town of Brindisi in the country’s south as students milled outside, chatting and getting ready for class at the Francesca Laura Morvillo Falcone vocational institute. Saturday is a school day in much of Italy.

The school is named in honor of Morvillo, a judge who died along with her husband, anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone, in a 1992 highway bombing in Sicily by the Cosa Nostra.

Protesters decry possible return of PRI

Mexico City – Thousands of college-age demonstrators marched down Mexico City’s main boulevard Saturday to protest a possible return of the old ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI, which held Mexico’s presidency without interruption from 1929 to 2000.

PRI presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto leads in polls ahead of the July 1 election, but he was heckled by young protesters during a recent appearance at a university. Students blamed him for a violent crackdown on protesters outside Mexico City in 2006.

In a move unusual for Mexico, the demonstrators did not carry banners for any of the other three candidates in the presidential race, instead shouting slogans against what they don’t want, a return of the PRI, whose 71-year-rule was marked by repression, corruption and periodic economic crises.

‘Vatileaks’ scandal widens with new book

Vatican City – The Vatican on Saturday denounced as “criminal” a new book of leaked internal documents that shed light on power struggles inside the Holy See and the thinking of its embattled top banker, and warned that it would take legal action against those responsible.

Pope Benedict XVI has already appointed a commission of cardinals to investigate the “Vatileaks” scandal, which erupted earlier this year with the publication of leaked memos alleging corruption and mismanagement in Holy See affairs and internal squabbles over its efforts to comply with international anti-money laundering norms.

The publication Saturday of “His Holiness,” by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, added fuel to the fire, reproducing confidential letters and memos to and from Benedict and his personal secretary which, according to the Vatican, violated the pope’s right to privacy.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a statement Saturday the book was an “objectively defamatory” work that “clearly assumes characters of a criminal act.” He said the Holy See would get to the bottom of who “stole” the documents, who received them and who published them. He warned that the Holy See would seek international cooperation in its quest for justice, presumably with Italian magistrates.


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4 ex-presidents among hundreds at Barbara Bush’s funeral

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Four former presidents joined ambassadors, sports stars and hundreds of other mourners on a gray, rainy Saturday at the private funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush, filling the nation’s largest Episcopal church a day after more than 6,000 people paid their respects to the woman known by many as “America’s matriarch.”