Nadal stunned in Wimbledon 2nd round


Spain's Rafael Nadal was bounced out of Wimbledon in a stunning upset, falling 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round.

The 100th-ranked Rosol rattled the 11-time Grand Slam champion from the early stages of the three-hour, 18-minute match, applying pressure with his first serve and powerful blasts from both forehand and backhand.

He also showed remarkable composure in shrugging off a 6-2 fourth-set loss and a half-hour delay prior the start of the fifth set - while the roof on Centre Court was put in place due to lack of daylight - to take the match in style.

The second-round defeat was Nadal's earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon 2005, when he lost at the age of 19 to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.




House votes to hold AG Holder in contempt


The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his refusal to hand over documents relating to the failed gun-walking operation Fast and Furious.

The vote was 257-67, with more than 100 Democrats declining to vote. Led by the Congressional Black Caucus, dozens of Democratic lawmakers walked out in protest prior to the vote.

The contempt resolution emerged last week from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating Fast and Furious.

While the Justice Department provided the panel with thousands of documents on the botched operation, the Obama administration asserted executive privilege over some of the materials sought by the committee.




Brazil unveils $57 bn agricultural loan program


President Dilma Rousseff unveiled a 115-billion-reais ($57 billion) loan program aimed at reinforcing agriculture's role as a lever of Brazilian economic growth.

Rousseff defined the plan for the 2012-2013 season as "a new tool against the global crisis" that will underpin the government's efforts to create employment and mitigate the effects of economic turmoil abroad.

"This plan will show that Brazil is one of the few countries that can create new jobs amid the very serious sovereign debt crisis affecting the world," she said during the ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace, describing agriculture as a strategic sector.

Rousseff said the public and private loans, which represent a 7.5 percent increase over the 2011-2012 season, will spur increased productivity while safeguarding protected ecosystems because "growth is not and cannot be incompatible with environmental preservation."




Chilean students protest for-profit schools


Thousands of college and high school students took to the streets of Chile's capital to protest the existence of schools run as for-profit enterprises and renew demands for free, quality public education.

The march followed the release last week of a congressional report accusing seven private universities of violating a legal requirement that educational institutions operate on a non-profit basis.

"We have to say once again that education is not a consumer product, education is a right. And to make it so, we need a state that ensures adequate regulation of the private sector and which also permits the strengthening of the public sector," student leader Noam Titelman told reporters.

Starting last year, Chilean students have mounted a series of protests against a highly stratified education system that funnels state subsidies to private institutions even as public schools in poor areas struggle.




Brazilian troops pull out of Rio shantytowns


Brazil's army has completed its withdrawal from several Rio de Janeiro slums occupied in late 2010 as part of a large-scale operation against drug traffickers, handing peacekeeping duties over to police, officials said.

The soldiers pulled out of the Vila Cruzeiro shantytown, or "favela," and other slums in the Penha district of northern Rio and were replaced by nearly 500 officers from an elite unit of the Rio de Janeiro State Military Police.

Those officers will take over the task of tracking down drug traffickers in that part of the metropolis and pave the way for the installation of elite police pacification units, or UPPs, the Military Police said in a statement.




Presidential candidates wrap up campaigns in Mexico


Mexico's presidential campaign season has officially ended, with the candidates calling on voters to head to the polls on Sunday, be vigilant and bring about change in a country that wants to go in a different direction.

The three-month campaign was marked by extensive political advertising, rallies across the country and numerous promises by candidates ahead of an election that, if the polls are correct, will have a clear winner.

Frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, ended his campaign Wednesday in Toluca, a city in central Mexico that is a bastion of his party.

"We are ahead in all the polls, but we cannot allow ourselves to let our guard down. This is the time to redouble our efforts," the 45-year-old candidate said.

The PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000, is trying to regain the presidency after coming up short in the past two elections.