At least 30 people died in a pre-dawn prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Thursday, as smoke billowed from the building, local media reported. Riot police and ambulances were deployed at the Topo Chico prison while angry families of inmates seeking to enter the facility threw rocks over a gate. The Televisa channel reported that 30 died while Milenio television spoke of 50 victims, with inmates and prison guards among them.
By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched outside South Africa's parliament on Thursday hours before an annual state-of-the-nation speech by President Jacob Zuma, whom they accuse of corruption and mismanaging the country's flagging economy. Zuma's speech, scheduled to be televised nationally at 1700 GMT, comes amid growing criticism over a taxpayer-funded 250 million (then $23 million) upgrade to his private home and years of weak economic growth in Africa's most industrialised country. Investors also want to know why Zuma fired two finance ministers in one week this December.