NINE members of a family, including a baby and a young girl, were shot to death in a remote part of northern Guatemala.
Neighbours told police two SUVs carrying gunmen arrived and opened fire at the family's house. The authorities did not provide a motive, but maps show Mexico's Zetas drug cartel operating in the region.
SWINE FLU CLAIMS 38
EGYPT'S health ministry says the number of people killed by swine flu since December has reached 38, with more than 1,300 people hospitalised.
In 2009, the global swine flu pandemic prompted Egyptian authorities to slaughter around 300,000 pigs previously used to dispose of the city's organic garbage. However, the virus is now most often transmitted from human to human, and not through contact with pigs.
SHARK KILLS FISHERMAN
A SHARK killed a 28-year-old man off a beach in South Australia, days after nationwide protests against a government cull.
The Adelaide resident was with a group of spear fishermen when he was taken. Emergency teams were unable to find any trace of his body, police said. The government of Western Australia in December said it would deploy dozens of baited lines off local beaches to kill sharks after seven fatal attacks in three years.
GUN ATTACK ON CROWD
GUNMEN threw grenades at a Sufi Islamic religious gathering in the Pakistani port city of Karachi and then opened fire on the people assembled to offer prayers, killing eight.
The four gunmen on motorcycles first lobbed grenades at the building where a Sufi cleric was receiving his followers, then raked it with automatic fire.
FOUR DIE IN MUDSLIDE
LOCAL officials in Bolivia say heavy rains have caused a mudslide that buried a small settlement, killing at least four people. Another nine people are missing.
Rescue squads were working yesterday in the hope of finding more survivors. Heavy rains have been falling across most of Bolivia since November and an estimated 46,800 families have been affected.
EXPLOSIVE ON BEACH
A BEACH has been cordoned off after the discovery of a rusting explosive device.
The historic item was washed up on Gress Beach on the Isle of Lewis. It follows the discovery of a suspected mortar bomb on a beach in Norfolk on Saturday.