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British Prime Minister David Cameron's slip has sparked a debate in Britain about his parenting.
British Prime Minister David Cameron's slip has sparked a debate in Britain about his parenting. (MARKUS SCHREIBER / AP)
Posted: June 12, 2012

2 shot to death in Mexican elections

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico - The campaign for Mexico's July 1 national elections has been marred by bloodshed.

A candidate for a state assembly seat has been shot to death in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, and a supporter of President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party has died of a gunshot wound in the southern state of Chiapas.

This year's presidential and state races had been peaceful until now.

Guerrero state officials say state assembly candidate Margarito Genchi was found shot to death in an area east of Acapulco. Chiapas state prosecutors say they are searching for a mayoral candidate who a witness claims shot a National Action supporter in a town outside the state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez.

- AP

Mubarak's health grows worse

CAIRO - Hosni Mubarak's health worsened Monday, with doctors twice having to use a defibrillator on the imprisoned former leader, adding to the tumult in Egypt before this weekend's runoff election for president.

Mubarak, 84, was slipping in and out of consciousness, was suffering from high blood pressure and breathing difficulties, and was in a deep depression, according to security officials at Torah prison, where he is serving a life sentence. Doctors there could not find a pulse twice, and used the defibrillator, they said.

The deposed leader, who was being given liquids intravenously, also lost consciousness several times Sunday.

His health crisis came at time of political anxiety in Egypt, with a former prime minister from the Mubarak regime facing an Islamist in a showdown at the ballot box on Saturday and Sunday.

"He is causing everyone a headache," said Ahmed Badawi, a liberal activist who participated in last year's Arab Spring uprising that ousted Mubarak. "There are daily rumors that he died, and where he is held is also a thorny issue. He is definitely feeding the nervousness we are all living in these days."

- AP

Cameron left daughter, 8, at pub

LONDON - It's every parent's nightmare: to get home from an event and realize a child is missing. But it can turn out to be a political minefield as well if you happen to be the prime minister.

British Prime Minister David Cameron's office confirmed Monday that he accidentally left his 8-year-old daughter, Nancy, in a country pub after a Sunday afternoon visit a couple of months ago.

The incident sparked a debate in Britain about Cameron's parenting and comes only a few weeks after the government set up a program to give parents of young children classes on how to raise them.

Downing Street said the incident happened as the family was leaving the pub near Chequers, the official country house that prime ministers use while in office.

Nancy had gone to the bathroom while Cameron and the rest of the family piled into two cars to drive back to the house west of London. Nancy was separated from her parents for about 15 minutes before Cameron arrived back to get her.

- AP

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