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> SOUTH AFRICA

March focuses on issue of blame in sex assaults

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Women draped sexy lingerie over their street clothes as they marched through Cape Town on Saturday, bringing an international campaign against the notion that a woman's appearance can excuse attacks to a country where rape is seen as a national crisis.

Some 2,000 protesters participated. Men joined in, some of them wearing miniskirts in solidarity. Some protesters carried signs declaring, "Rapists rape people, not outfits," and "Weak men rape."

According to the most recent police statistics, more than 55,000 cases of rape and indecent assault were reported in South Africa from 2009 to 2010. The number of sexual offenses against women climbed nearly 20 percent from the previous year, according to police.

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> MEXICO

Headless bodies point to rise in drug violence

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Two decapitated bodies were dumped outside a Sam's Club store in Acapulco while three headless corpses were found nearby on the resort city's main tourist strip, authorities in Mexico said Saturday.

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.

Meanwhile, authorities said they found the bullet-riddled bodies of nine men on a highway in the Pacific Coast state of Nayarit.

The men's hands were tied and their bodies showed signs of torture.

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> BRITAIN

Officers fired upon during riots, police say

LONDON (AP) -- Masked men fired gunshots at unarmed officers and a police helicopter during this month's riots in the English city of Birmingham, the city's police force says.

West Midlands Police on Saturday released footage of the men firing shots during the riots on Aug. 9, and said 11 shots were fired.

Chief Constable Chris Sims called it "a concerted and organized attempt to kill or injure police officers" and appealed for people to help police catch the gunmen.

Police also said Saturday they had arrested two more suspects over the deaths of three men run down by a car in Birmingham as they protected shops from looters.

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