Cops, protesters clash at student march in Chile


A march here by high school students demanding improvements to Chile's underfunded public education system ended with three buses set ablaze and dozens arrested.

The protest was convened by the ACES high school students association, with support from the groups that represent Chile's collegians.

Demonstrations also took place in the seaside resort of Viña del Mar, where 11 people were arrested and a pharmacy and supermarket destroyed, the northern town of La Serena and the southern city of Valdivia.

The Santiago regional government refused to issue ACES a permit to march on the city's main thoroughfare, the Alameda, but the students rejected the two alternative routes proposed by authorities.




Protests held against Carlos Slim in New York


A group of activists demonstrated here against Mexican magnate Carlos Slim, who is accused of using his dominant position in Mexico's telecommunications market to impose exorbitant rates.

Members of the "Dos Paises, Una Voz" (Two Countries, One Voice) organization marched to Saks' flagship store on Fifth Avenue Tuesday to alert New Yorkers of Slim's business practices and call for a boycott against the retailer, in which Slim - the world's richest person - holds a 16 percent stake.

"We want Mexico to know that we're raising our voice here to urge Slim to act with greater social responsibility even though there's no law to force him to," Juan Jose Gutierrez, an activist and spokesman for the group, which is backed by Occupy Wall Street and Latino politicians in the Big Apple, told Efe.

The mobilization, which says on its Twitter account that it is a movement of "unified voices across the U.S. and LatAm to hold Carlos Slim accountable for his monopolistic actions," also includes individual members of Mexico's Yo soy 132 student movement.




Mexico kills 8 mn birds infected with flu


Some 8 million birds have been slaughtered in the western Mexican state of Jalisco to prevent the spread of the avian flu virus, the National Food Health, Safety and Quality Service, or Senasica, said.

A total of 65.8 million birds have been vaccinated at 245 farms in Jalisco's Los Altos region, the Senasica said in a statement.

The virus is under control in the region, which is home to 42 cities, and 87 health specialists have taken 40,190 samples from 401 farms, the agency said.

The AH7N3 virus has been found at 41 farms, while the number of farms declared free of the virus has risen from 335 to 360, the Senasica said.

Hens found to be infected during the vaccination process are destroyed, the health agency said.




11 Die in a week on Bolivia's "highway of death"


Eleven people were killed and 86 others injured in a one-week period on Bolivia's "highway of death," authorities said.

A bus crash Tuesday near the village of Irupana, 151 kilometers (98 miles) from La Paz, left five dead and 45 injured.

The bus ran off the road and plunged 250 meters (820 feet) to the bottom of a ravine.

One person died and four were hurt on Monday when a vehicle flipped over on another stretch of the same narrow, poorly maintained road.

Last Thursday, four people were killed and 37 others injured when a bus fell into a ravine 120 meters (393 feet) deep, while a fifth person died in an accident involving a van.




5 Bodies found with bullet wounds in Acapulco


The bodies of five people, at least four of them members of the same family, were found in the suburban zone of the port of Acapulco, in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero, the state attorney general's office announced.

Officials with the state AG's office told Efe that about 8 a.m. (1300 GMT) authorities received a telephone call saying that bodies were lying near a corner on Loma Bonita St. in the Ampliacion Cinco de Mayo neighborhood.

Law enforcement personnel were dispatched to the scene and found four bodies, all with bullet wounds, among them that of a man about 30 years of age and identified as Joel Macario.

The other three bodies were those of two women about 20 and 30 years old and a child of about 3, all members of the Nava Hernandez family.

Some 10 meters (yards) from the spot where the four bodies were lying, in a house undergoing structural work and with its doors open, police found the body of another woman bearing fatal bullet wounds. She was identified as Mayeli Nava, 25.




6 Gunned down in bar in central Mexico


Gunmen killed six people inside the El Pachangon bar in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, officials told Efe.

The victims - two women and four men - were having a celebration at the bar in the city of Nezahualcoyotl when the gunmen opened fire on them, Mexico state Attorney General's Office spokesman Felix Martinez said.

The victims have "still not been identified," the AG's office spoekesman said.

Two other people were wounded in the attack and no arrests have been made, Martinez said.




Chavez presents replica of Bolivar's sword to Olympic fencing champ


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez bestowed the Order of the Liberators on the country's Olympic fencing champion, Ruben Limardo, and presented him with a replica of the sword of South American liberator Simon Bolivar.

"It's an honor for me to have decorated in the name of all the Venezuelan people our Olympic champion Ruben Limardo with the Order of the Liberators of Venezuela," said Chavez at a public ceremony in the Teresa Carreño Theater.

Limardo, who won Venezuela's first gold Olympic medal in 44 years at the London Games, received with great emotion the recognition accompanied by his uncle and coach Ruperto, his father Francisco, two siblings, his grandmother and his girlfriend.