Mexican left urges mobilization to annul presidential vote


Leaders of the Mexican left called for a peaceful popular mobilization to annul the July 1 presidential election amid allegations of vote-buying and other machinations by the victorious Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

"We are asking that the presidential election be invalidated because there are very serious violations of the constitution," the leftist standard-bearer in the contest, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said at a press conference in Mexico City.

"We will always act peacefully," he said at the presentation of the National Plan for Defense of Democracy and the Dignity of Mexico.

The PRI's Enrique Peña Nieto won the election with 38.21 percent of the vote, while Lopez Obrador took second place with 31.59 percent, according to the final official tally.

But the leftist hopeful filed a motion last week with the TEPJF electoral court seeking to have the election overturned, pointing to mounting evidence of irregularities.




Spanish stocks fall nearly 6 pct amid pressure on sovereign debt


Spain's benchmark Ibex-35 index plunged 5.82 percent, the biggest drop of the year, as soaring yields on sovereign debt prompted investors to flee equities.

The yield on the country's 10-year bond rose as high as 7.283 percent on the open market during the day, sending the country's risk premium - the extra return investors demand on that bond compared to equivalent, safe-haven German debt - up to 612 basis points.

Many economists regard the country's borrowing costs - which were above 6 percent for Spain's five- and seven-year notes in a debt auction Thursday - as already unsustainable over the long haul.

Spain's risk premium fell back slightly to 609 basis points by the end of trading Friday, although that still represented a new euro-era record.




PhD student behind bloodbath in Colorado movie theater


A 24-year-old PhD student has been identified as the masked gunman who opened fire at a movie theater in Colorado early Friday, killing 12 people and injuring 59 others.

The shooting occurred in the Denver suburb of Aurora at the 16-theater Century complex, which was packed with hundreds of people, including many children, for the midnight opening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises."

James Holmes, originally from Tennessee, was detained shortly after the shooting spree in a parking lot behind the cinema complex.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told local television that officers apprehended the suspect in possession of a shotgun, a rifle, a pistol and a bullet-proof vest.




Rebels mark Colombian independence day with attacks


One police officer was killed and five others wounded in an attack by leftist FARC rebels as Colombia celebrated 202 years of independence from Spain.

Fighters from the 30th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, shot at police as they patrolled the highway linking Cali and the Pacific port of Buenaventura, both in the southwestern province of Valle del Cauca.

Sgt. Oscar Alfredo Celis died in the attack and five of his men were wounded, Adm. Rodolfo Amaya, commander of Colombia's Pacific fleet, said from his headquarters in Buenaventura.

Authorities also blamed the FARC for dynamiting a bridge in the southern province of Caqueta, while in northeastern Colombia, rebels burned five trucks loaded with coal on the highway linking the border city of Cucuta with the town of Ocaña.




24 Die in Mexico bus crash


A bus accident early Friday in the western Mexican state of Nayarit left 24 dead and 14 injured, authorities said.

The original casualty report spoke of 21 dead and 29 injured.

The accident occurred around 4:00 a.m. on a stretch of highway between the towns of Puente de Chapalilla and Tequepexpan, Nayarit government spokesman Sergio Cañedo told Efe.

The bus was carrying tourists from the northern state of Chihuahua to the seaside resort of Rincon de Guayabitos, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Puerto Vallarta, when it ran off the road and into a gully.




Mexico's ASUR wins Puerto Rico airport concession


A consortium led by Mexico's Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste outbid another group headed by Spain's Ferrovial for a contract to lease and operate the San Juan airport, the largest in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region.

The awarding of the 40-year contract for the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport to ASUR and 50-50 joint venture partner Highstar Capital brought an end to a process that had attracted the interest of more than 10 consortiums worldwide.

Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño said in a press conference Thursday that the Aerostar Airport Holdings consortium beat out the other finalist - a consortium made up of Ferrovial and Sydney, Australia-based Macquarie Group - by submitting a nearly $2.6 billion bid.

ASUR operates the Cancun Airport and several other airports in southeast Mexico, while Ferrovial controls BAA Limited, the company that operates London's Heathrow and four other airports in Britain.