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An estimated 2 million people parade Saturday in Sâo Paulo, Brazil, to promote peace and harmony, bringing together Christians of all denominations in the 20th annual March for Jesus. Enlarge photo

ANDRE PENNER/Associated Press

An estimated 2 million people parade Saturday in Sâo Paulo, Brazil, to promote peace and harmony, bringing together Christians of all denominations in the 20th annual March for Jesus.

Most-wanted fugitive caught in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – The U.S. Marshals Service says one of its 15 most-wanted fugitives has been caught in the Mexican resort city of Cancun.

The service says fugitive Vincent Legrend Walters was captured Friday and is being held on a U.S. extradition request.

Walters faces murder charges in the 1988 death of a woman kidnapped in California as part of a drug deal, as well as weapons and drug charges.

Walters apparently was living under an assumed name and working at the Cancun airport at the time of his arrest. He had been on the run for 24 years.

Walters will be transported to Mexico City for extradition proceedings.

500-plus penguins show up dead in Brazil

SÂO PAULO – Marine biologists and veterinarians say the bodies of more than 500 penguins have washed up on beaches in southern Brazil over the last week.

They tell the G1 online news site that the Center of Coastal and Marine Studies is investigating what caused the deaths of the 512 penguins found on beaches of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. The cause of death should be known in about 30 days.

Calls to the center on Saturday went unanswered.

Biologists at the center told G1 the penguins were migrating north from Argentina in search of food in warmer waters. They say the birds appeared well-fed, unhurt and without oil stains.

British newspaper: Time to stop raining

LONDON – Just. Stop. Raining.

That was the unusual plea published in an editorial in The Times of London on Saturday, a measure of Britons’ growing frustration with months of miserable weather.

“Let us make our position crystal clear: We are against this weather,” the venerable newspaper wrote in an unsigned opinion piece. “It must stop raining, and soon.”

The U.K. is slogging through some of the wettest conditions in recent history. Nearly every day seems to bring showers, sprinkles, drizzles or downpours. On Saturday alone, England’s Environment Agency registered 75 flood alerts and warnings across the country.

Suicide bomber kills 23 at Afghan wedding

KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide bomber blew himself up among guests at a wedding hall Saturday in northern Afghanistan, killing 23 people including a prominent ex-Uzbek warlord turned lawmaker who was the father of the bride.

The attack was the latest to target top figures from the country’s minority groups and dealt a blow to efforts to unify ethnic factions amid growing concerns that the country could descend into civil war after foreign combat troops withdraw in 2014.

Ahmad Khan Samangani, an ethnic Uzbek who commanded forces fighting the Soviets in the 1980s and later became a member of parliament, was welcoming guests to his daughter’s wedding Saturday morning when the blast ripped through the building in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province.

Three Afghan security force officials also were among those killed. About 60 other people, including government officials, were wounded in the attack.

Associated Press