Mexican leftist candidate wants presidential election annulled


Mexico's electoral courts will be asked later this week to annul or declare the July 1 presidential election invalid on the grounds that 5 million votes "were bought" for the winning Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

The motion will be filed on Thursday, Lopez Obrador, who finished second in the presidential race, said in a press conference.

PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto won Mexico's presidency with 38.21 percent of the vote, while Lopez Obrador took second place with 31.59 percent, according to the final official results released by the Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE.

The results are subject to challenge under Mexican elections law.




Yield on Spanish bonds climbs above 7 pct


Investors pushed the yield on Spain's benchmark 10-year bond above 7 percent by the close of trading on Monday as European Union finance ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss the terms of Eurogroup aid to troubled Spanish banks.

A yield of more than 7 percent is widely viewed as unsustainable.

The risk premium on Spanish debt, the extra return investors demand compared with equivalent safe-haven German debt, rose to 574 basis points.

Continued market pressure on Spain provided the backdrop for an EU ministerial meeting whose stated purpose is a "political accord" on the conditions under which the Eurogroup will provide up to 100 billion euros ($122.7 billion) to shore up Spanish banks.




Witness details plot to kill Colombian politicians


A purported co-conspirator who had second thoughts is providing information on a plot to assassinate two of Colombia's most prominent leftist politicians, La Opinion newspaper said.

The targets were former Sen. Piedad Cordoba and Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro, the informant said from neighboring Venezuela in an interview with the daily, which is published in the border city of Cucuta.

He said the plot was masterminded by retired army Sgt. Hernando Medina Camacho, who served eight years in prison for his part in the 1994 murder of Sen. Manuel Cepeda Vargas.

Cordoba first denounced the ostensible conspiracy at a May 9 press conference in Bogota, insisting that prosecutors were already assembly evidence against the conspirators, though sources at the Attorney General's Office consulted by Efe on Monday denied the existence of any investigation.




Cops involved in Mexico City airport shooting may surrender


Two of the three police officers involved in the June 25 shooting at the Mexico City airport that left three fellow officers dead may surrender to the army when the next administration takes office, Proceso magazine reported.

Fugitive Federal Police officers Daniel Cruz Garcia and Zeferino Morales Franco denied in an interview with the news magazine that they were under investigation for drug trafficking.

The shooting in Terminal 2 occurred during an operation to arrest three officers being investigated for having links to drug traffickers and the officers killed were going to make the arrests, the Federal Police said.

The three fugitive officers were involved with a ring that smuggled drugs from Peru into Mexico, officials said.




3 Gored in running of bulls in Spain


Seven runners, including three who were gored, were injured during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, emergency services officials said.

A 29-year-old British man was gored in the left leg, while a 20-year-old Briton was gored in the right leg, with both men undergoing treatment at hospitals and expected to recover, doctors said.

A 39-year-old American from Philadelphia sustained a "contusion/jab" from a bull's horn in the right leg and is expected to recover, doctors said.

A 38-year-old American suffered a bruised ankle and knee, and three Spaniards sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospitals. A bull that became a straggler turned the third running of the bulls at the festival into a dangerous one.




FARC guerrillas kill 3 police officers in Colombia


Three police officers were killed and one was wounded in an attack apparently staged by FARC rebels over the weekend on a patrol in Segovia, a town in northwestern Colombia, the National Police said.

Initial reports from officials had blamed the smaller National Liberation Army, or ELN, guerrilla group for the attack.

Antioquia province Government Secretary Santiago Londoño had told reporters that four officers had died in the attack and two were missing, but the figures were later updated.

The police patrol "was ambushed, presumably by members of the 4th Front of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia)," the National Police said in a statement.