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Egyptian vigilantes lynch 2

– Egyptian vigilantes beat two men accused of stealing a motorized rickshaw on Sunday and then hung them by their feet while some in a watching crowd chanted “kill them!” Both men died, security officials said.

The killings come a week after the attorney general’s office encouraged civilians to arrest lawbreakers and hand them over to police. They are emblematic of the chaos sweeping Egypt and a security breakdown of frightening proportions.

It was one of the most extreme cases of vigilantism in two years of sharply deteriorating security following the 2011 uprising. Gruesome photos circulated quickly on social media outlets, showing images taken by people in the crowd of thousands who watched and recorded the lynchings.

The killings were in the town of Samanod, about 55 miles north of Cairo.

Arrests made in India gang rape

Police said they arrested five men Sunday in connection with the gang rape of a Swiss woman who was attacked in central India while on a cycling vacation with her husband.

All five men admitted to the attack, which occurred Friday night as the woman and her husband camped out in a forest in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh state, said D. K. Arya, a senior police officer.

Arya said the men, who are from nearby villages, were arrested in Datia. Police were searching for two other men believed to have been involved in the attack.

Police said the husband also was attacked by the men. The woman, 39, was treated Saturday at a hospital in the nearby city of Gwalior and was released later that day, police said.

Syrian rebels make gains in Homs

Syrian rebels have broken through a year-long government blockade in the city of Homs after fierce clashes last week, a symbolic victory for the ragtag force when the conflict has ground into a stalemate in most large cities.

The gains in Homs, the third-largest city in Syria, came during the same week that marked the second anniversary of a bloody conflict that has left more than 70,000 dead.

Meantime, hackers associated with the Syrian Electronic Army, which supports President Bashar al-Assad, appear to have hacked into the Web site and Twitter feed of Human Rights Watch, which has conducted searing investigations into the human rights abuses of Assad’s regime since fighting began in Syria.

The hackers posted messages announcing their presence and condemning Human Rights Watch.

Mexico fireworks deaths up to 16

The death toll in a gruesome fireworks explosion during a religious procession in Mexico rose to 16 after three more people died of their injuries.

The state government said in a statement that 80 remain hospitalized; about 70 others injured in the blast were treated and released. The massive blast occurred Friday in Jesus Tepactepec, a village of about 1,000 people 70 miles east of Mexico City, after a rocket malfunctioned and landed on a truck, igniting the fireworks it carried.