Thousands take part in protests across Mexico


Thousands of people took part in protests in cities across Mexico over the weekend under the banner of the "Yo soy 132" student movement, rejecting the candidacy of presidential frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

Sunday's protests took place hours before Mexico's four presidential candidates participated in the last debate before the July 1 election.

Some 40,000 people, mainly young people, took to the streets of Mexico City, marching from the Zocalo, the capital's main plaza, to the Angel of Independence monument in what organizers labeled the "Second National anti-Peña Nieto March."

The PRI governed Mexico without interruption from 1929 to 2000, a regime described by Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa as "the perfect dictatorship."




Markets anxious for details on EU aid to Spanish banks


The Spanish stock market rallied on news that the European Union will lend Madrid up to 100 billion euros ($125.2 billion) to shore up the Iberian nation's troubled financial sector, but the gains evaporated during the course of the day amid continuing uncertainty about the size of bank losses.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday that his government won't decide on how big a loan to request until officials receive reports from the two independent consultants Spain commissioned to evaluate the condition of the banks.

After surging 6 percent in reaction to the EU agreement to aid Spanish banks, the Madrid stock exchange's key IBEX-35 index was down 0.54 percent by the end of trading Monday.

Analysts attributed the reversal to concerns about the eventual size of the EU loan and its possible impact on Spain's overall level of debt.




U.S. working with Ecuador, Honduras, Peru to protect labor rights


The Labor Department signed cooperation agreements with Ecuador, Honduras, Peru and The Philippines to make known and protect the labor rights of immigrants from those countries who are working in the United States.

The agreements "protect every person who works here, independently of their immigration status," Labor Secretary Hilda Solis told Efe after signing the accords with the countries' respective ambassadors.

Starting now, there will be more government information campaigns mounted to explain what rights employees have and the consulates will become offices that will provide advice to citizens of those countries about problems in the workplace.

The basic element of the accords, Solis said, is confidentiality. "All the information that comes to us is confidential and we're not going to share that information with the other federal agencies."

"We have bilingual people, who speak Spanish, to provide information about these rights and we have investigators who can handle these complaints," she said.




Another 6 murders in Puerto Rico


The six murders recorded last weekend in Puerto Rico brought to 406 the number of violent deaths on the island so far in 2012, 93 fewer than in the same period last year, police said.

The list of fatalities includes the death of a 20-year-old security guard in San Juan's Carolina neighborhood, slain on Saturday while on duty patrolling the area.

A 49-year-old man was found dead this weekend inside a barber shop in the interior town of Barranquitas. Police have as yet found no clues that might lead to the perpetrator.

Other murders were reported in the districts of Arroyo, Guayama, Dorado and Guaynabo.




22 Hurt in protests in Chile


Twenty-two people were hurt and 64 arrested here during protests against a tribute to late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, authorities said.

Two of the 20 police injured in the disturbances remain hospitalized, one of them in serious condition.

The protests were spurred by a gathering of Pinochet supporters at a Santiago theater to watch a film glorifying the leader of Chile's 1973-1990 military regime, which is blamed for more than 3,000 deaths.

Police resorted to tear gas and water cannon when small groups of hooded militants began engaging in vandalism and accosting pedestrians.

The demonstrators destroyed several traffic lights, damaged 15 vehicles at an auto dealership and tried to burn down a building under construction.

While some 1,200 Pinochet loyalists attended the film screening, the protesters numbered roughly 3,000, according to police.




Peruvians recover bodies at site of chopper crash


The bodies of the 14 people who died when their helicopter crashed into a mountain in southern Peru were recovered and taken to the city of Cuzco for identification.

The aircraft disappeared late Wednesday afternoon while flying from the southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios to the neighboring region of Cuzco.

On board were eight Koreans, a Dutchman, a Swede, a Czech and three Peruvians, including the pilot and co-pilot.

National Police patrols found 13 of the bodies on Sunday morning and hours later came upon the last of the victims.