1. A massacre took place on a ranch in Guatemalan town of Caserio La Bomba. The town is in Peten province near the Mexico border. At least 29 people were killed and most were decapitated. The area has been plagued by drug cartels, national police said Sunday. Among the 29 dead were two children and two women. It is one of the worst massacres since the end of Guatemala's 36-year civil war in 1996. The police are investigating whether the attack is related to the killing in Peten of Haroldo Leon, the brother of alleged Guatemalan drug boss Juan Jose "Juancho" Leon. "Juancho" Leon was killed in 2008 in an ambush that Guatemalan authorities blame on Mexico's Zetas drug cartel, which has increasingly wrested control of the drug trade outside Mexico, at times by eliminating their competition. Guatemalan police said the victims of Sunday's massacre were bound and their bodies showed signs of torture. The victims were believed to have worked on the farm. Police found a message written in blood at the scene saying: "Salguero, we're coming for you." Police did not say who Salguero was.
2. Pope Benedict XVI has finally told Catholic bishops around the world to promptly report all suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests to local police in new guidelines he has issued. Set out in a letter, the guidelines are the latest effort to eradicate child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. It incorporates sweeping revisions made last year to the Church's laws on sexual abuse. Sex abuse of minors is not just a canonical delict [crime], but also a crime prosecuted by civil law", the letter said, stressing that local civil law "should always be followed." The new guidelines say bishops should seek to protect minors and help victims of pedophile priests find assistance and reconciliation. But victims' groups, who have deplored the Vatican's secrecy over sex crimes, have condemned the guidelines. "As an absolute minimum, there should be a global no-tolerance policy," said the US victims' group Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). "Fundamentally, the reason that Church officials ignore, conceal and mishandle sex crimes is because they can."
3. Egyptian officials said the wife of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Suzanne Mubarak, has agreed to hand over assets to the state after being held in a corruption probe. The officials also said that Mrs. Mubarak will turn over a villa in a Cairo suburb and about $3,000,000 held in bank accounts in Egypt to the government. The Mubaraks face allegations of illegally acquiring wealth while Hosni Mubarak was in power for 30 years. By relinquishing her assets, Suzanne Mubarak stop[s a probe into her possible financial misdealing. Under articles in Egyptian law, a person who is accused of illegal financial gains can turn over assets to the government in return for the government's dropping its investigation into financial wrong-doing. The Mubaraks are currently under detention in hospital the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh . Mrs. Mubarak is half-Welsh.
4. Voters in Zurich, Switzerland, have rejected proposed bans on assisted suicide and "suicide tourism". About 85% of the 278,000 votes cast opposed the ban on assisted suicide and 78% opposed outlawing it for foreigners, Zurich authorities said. About 200 people commit assisted suicide each year in Zurich, including many foreign visitors. It has been legal in Switzerland since 1941 if performed by a non-physician with no vested interest in the death. But, the assistance can be provided only in a passive way, such as by providing drugs. Active assistance, such as helping a person to take or administer a drug is prohibited. Many citizens from Germany, France and other nations come to die in Switzerland because the practice remains illegal abroad.
5. An Israeli couple have named their baby daughter Like, taking their inspiration from a Facebook social networking site. Lior Adler and his wife Vardit said they were looking for a name that was "modern and innovative". Facebook allows users to "like" their friends' statuses, pictures and posts. Like Adler's father said originality was a key factor in the choice. He said he had checked and no-one else in Israel had the same name. "In our opinion it's the modern equivalent of the name Ahava [Love]," he added. "It's just my way of saying to my fantastic daughter, 'Love'."
6. Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene have returned. Or, at least that's what one Australian couple wants you to think. The actually names of the two people who claim to be Jesus and Mary Magdalene are Alan John Miller, age 47, and Mary Suzanne Luck, age 32. They claim to be the second coming of the Biblical personages. "Just a little over 2000 years ago, we arrived on the Earth for the first time," Miller said on his web-site, Divine Truth. "Because of my personal desire and passion for God, as I grew, I recognized not only that I was the Messiah that was foretold by ancient prophets, but also that I was in a process designed by God that all humans could follow, if they so desired." Miller and Luck have between 30 and 40 disciples. Australia's Cult Awareness and Information Centre as well as both the Anglican and Catholic churches are concerned that the couple, relying on supporter donations to sustain themselves, appeals to the vulnerable.
7. For the past few summers, New York City has been struggling with an epidemic of bedbugs, tiny bloodsucking insects that hide during the day, but come out to feed at night. Unfortunately, an infestation of bedbugs is very easy to acquire, and very difficult to eradicate. They can be picked up not only on beds , but also in taxis or theaters, restaurants, airplanes, subway trains, etc. Last year, some of the city's flagship retailers were affected. Lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret and teen fashion store Hollister were among those that had to close outlets while pest controllers were called in. Getting rid of bedbugs can be very expensive, with treatment of commercial premises sometimes costing tens of thousands of dollars. And, bedbugs are becoming more resistant to chemical treatments, experts say. Six years ago, bedbug-related services made up less than 1% of a typical New York City exterminator's total revenue. Today, it's more than 25%. Bedbug activity increases during warm weather, and experts say this summer will be no exception. New York is bracing itself for another irritating onslaught. Bedbugs are notoriously good travelers, and signs of similar epidemics are already emerging in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington, London and Paris. The uncomfortable fact is that, as in so many areas, where New York leads, other cities look set to follow.
8. Farmers in eastern China have been left perplexed after their watermelons began to explode one by one. An investigation by state media found farms in Jiangsu province were losing acres of fruit because of the problem. And, the overuse of a chemical that helps fruit grow faster was blamed in one report by China Central Television. However, agriculture experts were unable to explain why chemical-free melons were exploding. They cited the weather and abnormal size of the melon as factors. Farmer Liu Mingsuo told Xinhua that more than two-thirds of his crop had blown up. But, Wang Dehong, who has been farming watermelons for 20 years, couldn't understand why his fruit also exploded as he had not used any chemicals. According to the Xinhua news agency, 20 farmers in a village in Jiangsu province planted imported seeds from Japan. Agricultural experts investigating the incident were unable to offer an explanation.
9. Coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of dying from prostate cancer in a study of nearly 50,000 US men. Those who drank six or more cups a day were found to be 20% less likely to develop any form of the disease - which is the most common cancer in men. They were also 60% less likely to develop an aggressive form which can spread to other parts of the body. But, some health organization say that the evidence which was reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute is still unclear. They do not recommend that men take up coffee drinking in the hope of preventing prostate cancer. The study looked at about 48,000 men in the US who work as health professionals. Every four years between 1986 and 2006, they were asked to report their average daily intake of coffee. During this 20-year period, 5,035 of the men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, including 642 fatal cases. No difference was seen between caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, suggesting caffeine itself was not the cause. But even relatively small amounts of coffee (one to three cups per day) were found to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer by 30%.
10. The U.S. government is suing Starbucks Coffee Company for firing a barista in El Paso because she is a dwarf. When the employee asked for a stool or small stepladder to perform her job, Starbucks denied the request and fired her that same day, claiming that she could be a danger to customers and workers, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The commission said that Starbucks violated federal law by denying a reasonable accommodation to the employee, who was hired in July 2009 and was fired after three days of training. Stacey Krum, a spokeswoman for Starbucks, said that the woman was hired on a trial basis. After three days, the store manager decided that the work was too physically demanding for her to perform."Using the stool in that environment just wasn't a reasonable accommodation in that store," she said.