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Canada: Economy

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Global financial leaders gathered in a frigid Canadian town Friday to confront more market turmoil, which served as an unsettling reminder that they still face major hurdles repairing a broken global economy.

The market turbulence, triggered by worries about unsustainable debt burdens in several European countries, forced its way onto the agenda of a two-day meeting of finance officials from the Group of Seven major industrial countries. Discussions are expected to wrap up today.

China: Missionary free

BEIJING — An American missionary arrived in Beijing on Saturday after being freed by North Korea, which had detained him for illegally crossing its border from China on Christmas Day.

Robert Park, appearing pale and drawn, did not say anything as U.S. consular officials escorted him from the North Korean plane at Beijing's airport.

U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Susan Stevenson said Park would leave later in the day for the United States. On Friday, North Korea announced it would free Park, saying he had shown "sincere repentance."

England: Scandal

LONDON — Four British legislators face the prospect of jail in a deepening scandal over lawmakers' expense claims, after the country's chief prosecutor on Friday charged the men over alleged shady accounting practices.

Keir Starmer, Britain's director of public prosecution, said three members of the House of Commons and one member of the House of Lords had been charged with offenses of false accounting — punishable with a possible jail term of up to seven years.

Guatemala: Opium

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan police say they have destroyed about 1,200 acres of opium poppies along the border with Mexico.

National police spokesman Donald Gonzalez says about 250 police officers worked for four days destroying the crops in the mountains of the province of San Marcos in western Guatemala. He said Friday that no arrests were made. He values the plants at $950 million.

Mexico: Bodies found

MORELIA — Mexican authorities have found the decapitated bodies of six men in the western state of Michoacan, a hotspot of drug violence.

A statement issued Friday by Michoacan state prosecutors says the bodies and heads were found inside an SUV in the town of Apatzingan. It says the bodies of the unidentified men had threatening messages written on the backs. Michoacan is the cradle of La Familia cartel, which authorities blame for a string of recent beheadings.

Mexico: Storm deaths

MORELIA, Mexico — Fifteen people — including five children — died this week in severe and unseasonable winter storms that closed schools and freeways in central Mexico and flooded thousands of homes, authorities reported Friday.

The heavy rainstorms — unusual in Mexico's normally dry winter season — sent rivers over their banks in the states of Michoacan and neighboring Guanajuato, where the deaths occurred Wednesday and Thursday.