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25 bodies found in mine shaft Taliban train in Iran - Nato chief Man survives balcony fall

Up to 25 bodies have been recovered from an abandoned silver mine, apparently victims of drug gang violence, Mexico's federal police commissioner said.

Facundo Rosas said the bodies were pulled from the mine after a suspect told authorities about the abandoned mine, one of hundreds in the region surrounding Taxco, a colonial-era city popular with international tourists.

Police said the remains appear to have accumulated over an undetermined time as bodies were thrown over a 300ft precipice into the mine.

Taliban train in Iran - Nato chief

"Clear evidence" existed that some Taliban fighters had trained in Iran, the commander of Nato and US forces in Afghanistan said.

General Stanley McChrystal said in the Afghan capital Kabul that Iran -- Afghanistan's western neighbour -- had generally assisted the Afghan government in fighting the insurgent group.

But he added: "There is, however, clear evidence of Iranian activity -- in some cases providing weaponry and training to the Taliban -- that is inappropriate."

Man survives balcony fall

A 21-year-old musician survived a fall from a New York City balcony in which his head was impaled on a spiked metal fence.

Police said Nicholas Blossom was drunk at a party in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood when he fell from a third-floor balcony at around 4am on Saturday.

He landed head-first on the fence of the second-floor balcony of an adjoining building.

Rescuers used an electric saw to detach Blossom from the fence.