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12 shot at party in Mexico:

MEXICO CITY -- A Mexican official says armed men stormed into a "quinceanera" party in Monterrey and killed a man and injured 11 guests.

The Nuevo Len state official says the gunmen arrived around midnight Saturday at the party for a girl's 15th birthday, a traditional Latin American celebration like a Sweet 16.

Yemen: Al-Qaida bounty:

SANAA, Yemen -- Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country. An audio produced by the group's media arm and posted on websites Saturday said it offered gold worth $160,000 for killing Ambassador Gerald Feierstein.

Afghan violence falls in 2012:

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Violence in Afghanistan fell in 2012, but more Afghan troops and police who now shoulder most of the combat were killed, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press. At the same time, insider killings by uniformed Afghans against their foreign allies rose dramatically.

Bomb in Libyan church kills 2:

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Egypt's Foreign Ministry says an explosion at an Egyptian Coptic church in Libya's third largest city, Misrata, has killed two people and wounded two others. The statement by the Foreign Ministry says Sunday's explosion killed two Egyptian citizens working at the church in preparation for traditional New Year's Eve mass.

Chavez 'new complications':

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Hugo Chavez suffered "new complications" following his cancer surgery in Cuba, his vice president said Sunday, describing the Venezuelan leader's condition as delicate. Vice President Nicolas Maduro spoke with a solemn expression in a televised address from Havanadid not give details about the complications, which he said came amid a respiratory infection.

Egypt's currency at new low:

CAIRO -- The Egyptian pound fell to a record low against the dollar Sunday as the central bank stepped into the market to try to stabilize trading and stop an anxious public that has been buying up dollars for fear of an even bigger dive in the local currency, bankers said. Many economists consider the pound overvalued and propped up by the government.

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