Six In The Morning Tuesday July 16
Panama seizes North Korean ship carrying weapons
Vessel’s captain attempted suicide after it was stopped near the Panama Canal and undeclared weapons were found on board
Zetas drug cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales captured in Mexico car raid
Boss known as ‘Z-40’ heads cartel behind some of the worst atrocities of the Central American country’s drug war, leaving hundreds of bodies beheaded on roadsides or hanging from bridges
The notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel has been captured in a dramatic dawn raid, in what is being heralded as the first major blow against an organized crime leader by a Mexican administration struggling to reduce high levels of violence, officials announced.
Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was apprehended by Mexican Marines who intercepted a pickup truck loaded with $2 million in cash outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo, which has long served as the Zetas’ base of operations. The truck was halted by a Marine helicopter and Trevino Morales was taken into custody along with a bodyguard, an accountant and eight guns, government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told reporters.
Mariano Rajoy fights for political life as Spanish corruption allegations snowball
Prime minister denies accusations party got payments under the counter
Mr Rajoy’s conservative Partido Popular (PP) has been rocked by accusations that he and colleagues received under- the-table payments from a long-standing party fund that was financed by corporate donations. The content of notebooks belonging to former PP treasurer Luis Bárcenas that detail the alleged payments and donations have been published in national newspapers since January.
But in recent days new damaging evidence has been unveiled. And on Sunday El Mundopublished the content of text messages of support Mr Rajoy sent to Mr Bárcenas, who is currently in prison on fraud charges.
Justice for mother of child rape victim in China
July 16, 2013
Ghana deports thousands of illegal Chinese miners
Thousands of Chinese nationals have been deported from Ghana in a crackdown on the plunder of the country’s gold by illegal miners.
A different worry in the Mideast: ‘Have you seen my sheep?’
I could understand the toothless Bedu lady’s concern. Three lost sheep meant the ovine equivalent of up to $600 lost among the rocky crags of this central Lebanon wilderness.
“Have you seen my sheep?” an elderly toothless woman asked me while I was out hiking recently. “I’ve lost three of them,” she said, holding up three calloused fingers in emphasis.
This unexpected encounter occurred in the barren mountain wilderness of central Lebanon, a forbidding sun-scorched rocky terrain pitted with deep cone-shaped sink holes and broken outcrops of limestone. There was not another person for miles around. Then I spotted a tiny black speck moving against the sepia-hued landscape. As I drew near I realized that the figure in a voluminous black dress and headscarf was a Bedu woman.