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12 police die in Mexico ambush

Gunmen in Mexico ambushed and killed 12 police officers who had been sent to search for the bodies of 10 people whose severed heads had been discovered.

Guerrero state police said six state and six local officers were killed on a road leading out of the town of Teloloapan. Another 11 officers were wounded.

The attack on the officers occurred as they were travelling in six patrol pickups and searching for the bodies of seven men and three women whose severed heads were dumped outside the town's slaughterhouse.

Vietnam seizes sex slave gang

Police in northern Vietnam have arrested six people for allegedly trafficking 21 women and teenagers to China to work as sex slaves.

The ring allegedly promised the victims they would be given jobs in China, but they were instead sold to brothels.

Reports say the ring leader is 22-year-old Ngo Thi Hung Trang, who herself was trafficked to China in 2008.

Husband gets off with 'sorry'

A man who made comments about his estranged wife on his Facebook page and was threatened with jail unless he posted daily apologies for a month won't be locked up even though he has stopped apologising.

Mark Byron (37) agreed to begin posting the apology last month to avoid jail but later said the ruling violated his freedom of speech.

He stopped posting the apology after 26 days, but Judge Jon Sieve determined that he had posted it long enough, and Byron wasn't jailed.

Elephants flee in blaze terror

A fire on the slopes of Kenya's tallest mountain is sending big game animals such as elephants fleeing for their lives as troops fight to put out fires.

The flames have already consumed hundreds of acres of forest on Mount Kenya.

"It's because of the dryness. But I bet people are setting the fires... accidental but human-generated," said Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the founder of the group Save the Elephants

Mount Kenya is a Unesco World Heritage Site.