Mexican marines capture Zetas cartel regional boss


A regional boss and four other suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel were arrested by Mexican marines in the northern state of Coahuila, the Navy Secretariat said.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez Diaz was arrested on Sunday along with another man, identified as Olegario Moreno Ibarra, following a shootout with marines in the town of Guerrero, the secretariat said in a statement.

Rodriguez Diaz ran the Zetas cartel's business in northern Coahuila, where he had "operational control over members of the organization in the cities of Piedras Negras, Ciudad Acuña and Cinco Manantiales," the secretariat said.




Dozens arrested in crackdown on Chinese gangs in Spain


At least 74 people have been arrested by the Spanish police in a broad operation to break up Chinese gangs that are engaging in money laundering and fiscal fraud.

The operation, in which more than 300 officers participated, was centered mainly in Madrid and Barcelona, but law enforcement authorities also acted in other Spanish provinces to serve 108 arrest warrants.

Authorities seized 202 vehicles, along with a large amount of cash, and conducted raids on homes and cargo ships.

Among those arrested was the alleged head of the network, Chinese citizen Gao Ping, Socialist councilor Jose Borras, who is in charge of security for the city of Fuenlabrada, outside of Madrid, and porno movie actor Nacho Vidal, police spokesmen told Efe.




Multi-vehicle crash injures 61 in Brazil


A crash involving two buses and a pick-up truck injured 61 people in the populous western section of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian emergency services officials said.

The accident tied up traffic in the area, fire department spokesmen said.

Five ambulances were sent to the accident scene, but only one of the people injured in the crash is listed in serious condition.




176 Arrested in student protests in Mexico


A total of 176 people were arrested when police stormed three schools in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, where students were holding 82 commandeered vehicles belonging to foreign businesses, state officials said.

The police operation, launched in the pre-dawn hours on Monday, was aimed at recovering the more than 50 buses and delivery trucks seized on Oct. 4 and taken to three normal schools in an area of Michoacan populated by Purepecha Indians.

The schools are located in the cities of Cheran and Arteaga, and the town of Tiripetio.

Students set 13 vehicles, including buses, patrol cars and private vehicles, on fire.




Mexican drug lord's pregnant daughter arrested in U.S.


A pregnant woman who identified herself as the daughter of Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman, the world's most-wanted drug trafficker, appeared in federal court in Los Angeles on charges that she tried to enter the United States using someone else's passport, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar was arrested last Friday at the port of entry in San Ysidro, California, near San Diego, the newspaper said, citing a high-level U.S. law enforcement official.

"Guzman Salazar allegedly told U.S. customs officers that she was traveling to Los Angeles to give birth," the newspaper said, citing the unidentified official, who is not authorized to speak about the case.




Mexican president signs money laundering law


Mexican President Felipe Calderon signed into law a new statute dealing with money laundering designed to halt the flow of the $12 billion-$13 billion that, according to legislative estimates, are moved in the country illegally every year.

The new law "adopts the most advanced international criteria in the world of money laundering," Calderon said, vowing that these efforts would be maintained.

In a ceremony at the presidential residence, Calderon, who leaves office in December, said it was "essential to fight organized crime, particularly crime that is organized multinationally, in the very heart of its activities - in the flow of money that gives it the power to corrupt authorities, to intimidate citizens and to expand its illicit activities."




Morales thanks Queen Sofia for Spanish aid in health, education


Bolivian President Evo Morales thanked Spain's Queen Sofia for Madrid's help in improving health and education in Bolivia, expressed confidence that this would continue in the future and reconfirmed that he will attend the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz, which will be held in mid-November.

In addition, in a relaxed tone he admitted that he is a big soccer fan and commented that he would like to be able to accept King Juan Carlos' invitation to attend - along with the monarch - a match in Spain between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Morales on Tuesday at the Government Palace welcomed the queen at the start of her four-day visit to the South American country and they examined the prospects for cooperation in areas such as extending Bolivia's health care and potable water network, improving education and professional training and the development of good administrative practices, sources with the Spanish delegation said.




3 Children die in shipwreck on Costa Rica's Pacific coast


Three children, ranging in age from 6 to 8, died when the boat they were in capsized on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, officials said.

The shipwreck happened where the Damas River empties into the Pacific Ocean in Puntarenas province, some 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of San Jose.

The accident may have been caused by the powerful currents in the area, Deputy Security Minister Celso Gamboa told reporters.




Mexican carrying $105,000 arrested in Guatemala


A Mexican man who tried to leave Guatemala with $105,000 in cash in his luggage was arrested by drug enforcement agents at the airport in the capital, the National Civilian Police, or PNC, said.

Gerardo Marin Betancourt was arrested late Monday at Guatemala City's La Aurora International Airport after arriving on a flight from Panama.

The 30-year-old Marin was arrested by agents of the DAIA drug enforcement agency when he tried to board a flight to Mexico, officials said.




Cuba eliminates exit permits


Cuba announced the elimination of exit permits for taking trips abroad and will annul the requirement for a letter of invitation as part of the longed-for and long-awaited travel reform that will take effect Jan. 14, 2013.

The official Web site Cubadebate and the online edition of the daily Granma reported this Tuesday the reform of existing travel policy in order to "adjust it to present conditions and those of the foreseeable future."

"The Cuban government, in exercising its sovereignty, has decided to eliminate the procedure of exit-permit applications for trips abroad and to annul the requirement for a letter of invitation," the note published by the online media said.

This means that beginning Jan. 14, 2013, "all that will be required is the presentation of a valid and duly renewed passport and the visa of the destination country."