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Teen Killed In Colombia While Trying To Save Dog

Teen Killed In Colombia While Trying To Save Dog

A 19-year-old has died from machete injuries in north-central Colombia, after trying to stop a drunken man who appeared set to decapitate a dog with the same machete. The alleged killer has been arrested.

The attack occurred Saturday night when Miguel Ángel Palacio Montoya and his brother approached a man taunting a dog with his machete on a street in Envigado, south of Medellín, and told him to stop. The dispute provoked a brawl in which the boys threw stones at the man, who later returned to wound them both with his machete, El Espectador reported on May 5.

Montoya died Sunday from his injuries, while his brother remains in stable condition. Police said the dog had "minor injuries."

The incident reportedly prompted a protest in Medellín that same day, against cruelty to animals. Dogs are a highly sensitive issue in Colombian cities, where many residents keep them as guards to protect their homes from crime. This often leads to a certain amount of fear on the streets, as incidents of dogs killing children or passers-by occur sporadically. Nevertheless, owners tend to resist vehemently any move to restrict dog circulation.

Photo, dogs in Bogota (Matt Lemmon)

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How A Drone Strike Inside Iran Exposes The Regime's Vulnerability — On All Fronts

It is still not clear what was the exact target of an attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory in central Iran. But it comes as Tehran authorities appear increasingly vulnerable to both its foreign and domestic enemies, with more attacks increasingly likely.

Screenshot of one of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

One of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

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Pierre Haski

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PARIS — It's the kind of incident that momentarily reveals the shadow wars that are part of the Middle East. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory complex north of Isfahan in central Iran.

But the explosion was so strong that it set off a small earthquake. Iranian authorities have played down the damage, as we might expect, and claim to have shot down the drones.

Nevertheless, three armed drones reaching the center of Iran, buzzing right up to weapons factories, is anything but ordinary in light of recent events. Iran is at the crossroads of several crises: from the war in Ukraine where it's been supplying drones to Russia to its nuclear development arriving at the moment of truth; from regional wars of influence to the anti-government uprising of Iranian youth.

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That leaves us spoiled for choice when it comes to possible interpretations of this act of war against Iran, which likely is a precursor to plenty of others to follow.

Iranian authorities, in their comments, blame the United States and Israel for the aggression. These are the two usual suspects for Tehran, and it is not surprising that they are at the top of the list.

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