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'Special operation' underway to find kidnapped footballer

Alan Pulido has been missing since Saturday evening. Credit: REUTERS/Henry Romero

A "special operation" is currently underway in Mexico to find kidnapped footballer Alan Pulido, officials confirmed.

Officials in Tamaulipas said a 'special operation' was currently underway. Credit: Twitter

Pulido, 25, a forward for Greek team Olympiacos, disappeared from his hometown of Ciudad Victoria on Saturday night after reportedly being "intercepted by armed people after leaving a party", according to the local state prosecutor.

Ciudad Victoria is a town in Mexico's northern state of Tamaulipas which sits on the border with the U.S. state of Texas.

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Syria negotiator quits over failure of UN peace talks

Mr Alloush said the UN-backed talks had failed to ease the plight of Syrians in rebel-held areas. Credit: Reuters

The chief peace negotiator of Syria's mainstream opposition has resigned over the failure of UN-backed talks in Geneva to reach a political settlement and ease the plight of Syrians in rebel-held areas.

Mohamed Alloush said in a statement that the talks had also failed to secure the release of thousands of detainees, or to push Syria towards a political transition without President Bashar al-Assad.

Mr Alloush is also the representative of the powerful Jaish al Islam rebel faction in the Saudi-based High Negotiations Committee,

The UN-backed parties have not set a date for the resumption of the peace talks after the High Negotiations Committee suspended their participation until the situation on the ground in Syria has radically changed.

German MP hit with chocolate cake over migrant stance

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A left-wing German politician has been hit in the face with a chocolate cake at a political meeting.

German MP Sahra Wagenknecht was attending a meeting of Germany's Linke party in Magdeburg.

A group calling itself Anti-Fascist Initiative 'Cake for Misanthropists' is thought to have been behind the attack after distributing flyers criticising her position on migrants.

Ms Wagenknecht has called for a limit on the number of refugees Germany should accept.

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Mexican football star Alan Pulido reported kidnapped

Alan Pulido has reportedly been kidnapped Credit: Reuters

Mexican football star Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in northern Mexico, according to reports quoting local officials.

Pulido appears to have been kidnapped close to his hometown of Ciudad Victoria - in the northern state of Tamaulipas - on Sunday after leaving a party.

A relative of Pulido's also told Milenio TV that teh footballer had been kidnapped.

Pulido, 25, is a forward for Greek team Olympiacos.

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