14 Immigrants killed in Texas crash


Fourteen people died when a pickup truck packed with 23 undocumented immigrants crashed in a rural area of South Texas.

The spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Gerald Bryant, said Monday that among the 23 passengers who were traveling in the cab and the bed of the pickup were children and teenagers, three of whom have been confirmed among the fatalities.

The accident occurred Sunday on U.S. 59 north of the town of Berclair, some 160 kilometers (99 miles) southeast of San Antonio.

According to the investigation into the crash by the Texas DPS, the driver of the vehicle, who also died in the crash, lost control of the pickup and it went off the road after the right front tire blew out.

Most of the truck's passengers were from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.




Cuban dissident's wife says peaceful struggle will continue


Ofelia Acevedo, wife of deceased Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, said that the Christian Liberation Movement, or MCL, that her husband led "will continue its peaceful struggle" on the island on behalf of Cubans' rights.

Acevedo, also a member of the MCL board, made that statement after her husband was killed in a traffic accident Sunday in Bayamo, a city some 750 kilometers (460 miles) east of Havana.

"We're going through a very sad time but the MCL will continue its peaceful struggle until all Cubans are granted the rights that are rightfully ours. That was the ideal my husband dedicated his life to until the day he died," Acevedo said.

Oswaldo Paya, founder and national coordinator of the MCL, and winner of the European Parliament's 2002 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, was an outstanding force among Cuba's internal opposition and notable for his long career of peaceful activism to bring democracy to the island.




Markets continue to hammer Spanish debt


The yield on Spanish 10-year bonds rose to a prohibitive 7.49 percent amid fears that nothing short of massive intervention by the European Central Bank can relieve the pressure on Madrid's sovereign debt.

Spain's risk premium, the extra return investors demand on Spanish bonds compared with equivalent, safe-haven German debt, reached 640 points on Monday before dropping back to a still-record 632 points by the close of trading.

The Madrid stock market's benchmark IBEX 35 index dipped more than 5 percent before recovering to end the day down 1.1 percent, helped by Spanish regulators' decision to revive a ban on short-selling that had been lifted in February.

The announcement boosted shares of Spain's troubled banking sector.

Traders in Madrid were also encouraged by word that European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso and ECB chief Mario Draghi held talks Monday on additional steps the European Union could take to address the crisis.

While ruling out any need for a broader rescue of the Iberian nation, Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos called Monday for moves to combat "the irrationality in the markets."

Spain's economy, already in recession for the second time in three years, will contract by another 0.5 percent in 2013, Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro said last Friday.




Guerrillas attack police patrol in Colombia


FARC guerrillas attacked a police patrol over the weekend in Samaniego, a city in the southwestern Colombian province of Nariño, damaging three houses but not wounding anyone, the National Police said.

The attack, which occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, was the fourth staged by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in the province in recent weeks, the National Police commander in Nariño, Col. Hugo Diaz, told Efe.

"The police officers were verifying that the establishments had closed on time," Diaz said.

Guerrillas threw a bomb at the officers, "shattering the windows of three houses," Diaz said.




Honduran doctors, teachers on strike


Thousands of public-sector doctors and teachers in Honduras launched a nationwide strike to pressure the government into paying overdue wages plus a promised salary increase.

The head of the emergency pediatric unit of the Tegucigalpa Teaching Hospital, Dario Zuniga, told Efe that the striking doctors are only seeing emergency and critical cases.

Zuniga said that a commission from the Honduras medical association will meet late Monday with health care officials to determine whether or not the strike will continue Tuesday in the country's 28 public hospitals and 256 clinics.




Spain welcomed 6 million foreign tourists in June


Spain welcomed some 6 million foreign tourists in June, 4.7 percent more than during the same month last year and a situation arising from an increase in visitors from Britain and Germany.

The figures are based on the survey of tourist movements across borders released Monday by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

In the first half of 2012, international tourist arrivals numbered 25.1 million, 2.9 percent more than during the same period in 2011, thanks mainly to the growth of the German market by 5.7 percent, or 4.16 million.

The Balearic Islands were the top destination for international tourists in June with an increase of 5 percent to 1.58 million mainly occasioned by tourist flows from Britain and the Nordic countries.




Fires in northeast Spain leave 4 dead


Wildfires that have burned more than 13,000 hectares (32,000 acres) in northeastern Spain have taken four lives, sent about 12 people to hospital and threatens to spread even wider due to the strong winds.

A 64-year-old French citizen died at Valle Hebron Hospital from severe burns he suffered from a blaze in the Alto Ampurdan region of Gerona province, bringing the number of fatalities to four, the regional government of Catalonia's health department said.

That victim had been found Sunday in critical condition, lying on the highway next to his car with burns covering 80 percent of his body.

Several people driving on the N-260 highway got out of their cars when they saw the flames surrounding them and tried to escape down a cliff, while others jumped into the sea.

That was apparently the case with two people who died after throwing themselves in the water, a man age 60 and his 15-year-old daughter, while another two are in extremely grave condition.




Thousands protest Mexican election results


Thousands of people took part in a march over the weekend in Mexico City organized by the "Yo soy 132" student movement to protest the results of the July 1 presidential election and the likely return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

The protesters - students, union members, political activists and members of grassroots organizations - wanted to show unity in the wake of the victory by the PRI's Enrique Peña Nieto.

Between 25,000 and 30,000 people took to the streets of Mexico City on Sunday, officials said.