Arrests at funeral of Cuban dissident


Several opposition activists were detained as prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died last weekend in a traffic accident, was buried in Havana's Colon Cemetery.

More than 300 people accompanied the casket after the Mass officiated by Cardinal Jaime Ortega at Paya's parish church in the capital.

When the mourners started on their way to the cemetery, as many as 10 were arrested in the parish including independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas, Efe was told by Elizardo Sanchez, leader of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

Dozens of people gathered in the cemetery chapel to pay their last respects to Paya at a brief religious ceremony led by the auxiliary bishops of Havana, Alfredo Petit and Juan de Dios Hernandez.




4 Men lynched in Guatemala


Four accused robbers were killed by a mob in an indigenous community in northwestern Guatemala, authorities said.

The incident took place after midnight Monday in a village outside Santa Cruz Barillas, a town about 350 kilometers (217 miles) from the capital, a police spokesman in Huehuetenango province told reporters.

"We are investigating how the events occurred, because there are different accounts from the residents," the spokesman said.

Gen. Rudy Ortiz, commander of the military detachment in Huehuetenango, said that after the lynching, members of the community hid the bodies in scrubland on the edge of the village.




3 Gunned down in Puerto Rico


Three people were fatally shot outside a tire store in the southeastern town of Gurabo, Puerto Rican police said.

It was the second triple-homicide on the island in less than two weeks.

Authorities identified the victims of Tuesday's crime as Chayanne Diaz, 29; his cousin Wilfredo Diaz, 23; and Yancarlo Llina, 18.

Chayanne was the son of the store owner, Victor Diaz.




Mexico's PRI says left violated campaign finance rules


Leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's campaign should be investigated for using grassroots organizations as "parallel structures" to evade campaign finance rules, Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, said.

Both the leftist Progressive Movement and its presidential candidate received funds that they hid from election officials, "triangulating them via grassroots organizations, such as Austeridad Republicana and Honestidad Valiente, among others," PRI leaders said in a press conference on Monday.

The Progressive Movement committed fraud to evade inquiries about the origin and destination of its funds, violating campaign spending limits and hiding its expenses, PRI chairman Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said.




Earthquake rocks southern Mexico


A magnitude-5.2 earthquake rocked southern Mexico, but there are no damage or injury reports, the U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, said.

The quake's epicenter, which was located at a depth of 13.2 kilometers (8.2 miles), was 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) south-southeast of San Juan de Cacahuatepec, a town in Oaxaca state, and 24 kilometers (14.9 miles) north of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, another town on the southern state's Pacific coast.

The earthquake occurred at 12:25 a.m, the USGS said.

Mexico's National Seismological Service confirmed the temblor on its Twitter and estimated the magnitude at 5.62.

The earthquake was felt in Mexico City, but officials have not reported any injuries or damage, media outlets said.




Gunmen kill 3 at hotel in western Mexico


Gunmen killed three men at a hotel in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, officials said.

The shooting occurred at the El Eden hotel near the town of Cocula, located about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, Attorney General's Office spokesmen said.

The gunmen went into the victims' rooms and opened fire, investigators said.

The gunmen fled in two SUVs before municipal police officers could arrest them, the AG's office said.




3 Inmates shot at prison in Honduras


At least three inmates were wounded, one of them seriously, in a shooting at the Honduran national penitentiary in Valle de Tamara, warden Ismael Colindres said.

The shooting happened in the maximum-security section of the prison, located 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Tegucigalpa, where an armed inmate "fired at other inmates, wounding three," Colindres said.

The reason for the shooting has not been determined, the warden said.

Two of the wounded inmates were transported to the Teaching Hospital in Tegucigalpa, Colindres said, adding that the shooter had been identified.




Spanish should be one of 2 great global languages, prince says


Crown Prince Felipe asked civil society here to support Spanish "being consolidated as one of the two great global languages of the modern world."

The heir to the Spanish throne made his request at the University of Salamanca in his speech inaugurating the Cervantes Institute's annual directors' meeting.

Aware of the limitations imposed by the economic crisis, Felipe added that the aid of civil society will be more "abundant and productive" if the Cervantes Institute "becomes a showcase of Spain's global reality, a platform showing the true dimensions of the Hispanic world."

In the interest of Spanish becoming an even more international language, he said the "union of Spanish-speaking countries" is fundamental, particularly through the universities.