Drug boss linked to massacre arrested in Mexico


Army troops arrested the man who reputedly runs the Gulf drug cartel's operation in the central city of San Luis Potosi, Mexico's defense department said.

Mauricio Ramirez Tamez, who was detained Wednesday along with two associates in the northern border city of Reynosa, is linked to the murders of 14 people found dead two months ago on the outskirts of San Luis Potosi, the department said in a statement.

Ramirez Tamez was originally part of Los Zetas, a group formed by special forces veterans and deserters that functioned for years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel.

But the two criminal organizations split in 2010 and Ramirez Tamez and his immediate Zetas superior, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, decided to join the Gulf outfit, the defense department said.




Argentine high court authorizes abortion for rape victim


This capital's conservative mayor has agreed to designate five municipal hospitals to terminate pregnancies in certain circumstances after the Argentine Supreme Court slapped down a local judge for blocking an abortion for a rape victim, members of Mauricio Macri's administration said.

"Justice was done, common sense came first," said Pablo Vicente, the attorney for the 32-year-old woman who became pregnant after being abducted and raped.

A Buenos Aires municipal hospital was set to terminate the woman's pregnancy until Judge Myrian Rustan de Estrada issued an injunction blocking the procedure, granting a motion filed by the organization Pro-Vida (Pro-Life).

The Supreme Court, which ruled in March that a woman cannot be prosecuted for terminating a pregnancy caused by rape, handed down a decision Thursday night overturning Rustan's injunction.




2 Cuban rafters die in Mexican waters


Two Cuban migrants were killed when a homemade raft capsized near the island of Isla Mujeres in southeastern Mexico, authorities said.

Ten of those aboard the craft were rescued, but 12 others remain missing, the Mexican navy said. The raft tipped over when heavy surf hurled it against the coral reefs that lie off Isla Mujeres' Half-Moon Beach.

Naval units are conducting a sea, air and land search for the 12 missing rafters. Isla Mujeres is located just off the coast of Cancun, Mexico's leading tourist destination, which in recent years has become a hub of migrant trafficking.

Cubans undertake the dangerous sea journey to Mexico in hopes of entering the United States through Texas. An estimated 10,000 Cuban migrants reached U.S. soil via Mexico in 2007.




European Union wins Nobel Peace Prize


The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced.

The EU has transformed most of Europe "from a continent of wars to a continent of peace," committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said in Oslo.

While acknowledging that the 27-member union "is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest," Jagland said the Norwegian Nobel Committee wants to focus on "the EU's most important result: the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights."

The 930,000-euro ($1.2 million) prize is to be presented Dec. 10 in Oslo. The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU was interpreted as a stimulus for the euro and European political union by leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.




Son of Fidel Castro says dad in good health


One of Fidel Castro's sons said the former Cuban president "is well" and maintains a daily routine that includes reading and physical exercise.

"The commander is well, going about his daily occupations, reading, doing exercises," Alex Castro said after inaugurating Thursday in the eastern city of Guantanamo an exhibit of his photographs of Fidel, the official AIN news agency reported.

Once again this week social networks like Twitter have been buzzing with rumors about the health of the 86-year-old Fidel Castro, who delegated power to younger brother Raul in 2006 after being stricken with a serious intestinal ailment.

Castro has not published his "Reflections," newspaper articles he began writing during his convalescence, since June 19, after a week when he surprised readers with a series of brief, cryptic messages.





Mexican gov.: Strong evidence links suspect to activist's murder


Authorities have gathered "compelling" evidence against the main suspect in the murder of Mexican rights activist Marisela Escobedo, the governor of the northern state of Chihuahua said in response to doubts raised by the slain woman's son.

In statements to reporters, Cesar Duarte slammed remarks made by Escobedo's son, Juan Frayre Escobedo, who said the day before that the man accused of the December 2010 murder, Jose Enrique Jimenez Zavala, is a "scapegoat."

"The truth is I see a great deal of ungraciousness in the position he's taken" since authorities announced Jimenez Zavala's arrest, Duarte said, adding there are "many, many elements that clearly show" the suspect committed the murder.

Chihuahua authorities presented Jimenez Zavala this week as the alleged perpetrator of the crime, but the activist's son said "he may have been pressured into confessing to something that isn't true."