Obama: "We can't let Spain unravel"


The United States and the European Union must ensure Spain surmounts its current economic woes, President Barack Obama said in an interview with Colombia's La W Radio.

He responded to the interviewer's suggestion that Obama's recent comments on the EU economic situation have focused on Spain to the exclusion of other troubled European countries.

"I don't refer just to Spain," the president said. "We've worked very hard to make sure that all of the European Union recognizes they need to work together to solve this problem."

"Spain is the country that is the biggest and so we can't allow Spain to - you know - unravel, and Greece, obviously, has even bigger problems than Spain, but it's a much smaller country," Obama said.




Marines rescue 14 migrants in northeast Mexico


Marines rescued 14 Central American migrants being held captive in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas and arrested two suspected kidnappers, the Navy Secretariat said.

The migrants were found on Saturday at a house in the city of Altamira after a citizen notified authorities that several people had been kidnapped, the secretariat said in a statement.

Marines arrested two individuals who "were guarding the property" and found the migrants, who said they were abducted in different places in Tampico, Madero and Altamira, the secretariat said.

Migrants headed for the United States are often targeted by Mexican criminal organizations, which kidnap them or try to forcibly recruit them to join their gangs.




10 Killed by car bomb in Syria


Ten people were killed when a car packed with explosives detonated in the capital suburb of Jaramana, Syrian state television said.

Casualties from the blast near a bakery included women and children, according to the government broadcaster. The explosion could be heard from a considerable distance, witnesses told Efe.

Jaramana, an area with a mainly Druze population, has been targeted before. A score of people died there on Aug. 28 in a car-bomb attack during the funeral for two alleged supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.

Monday's blast came on the fourth and final day of what was supposed to be a truce between government and rebel forces on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The truce never took hold, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged.




After 2nd Golden Boot, Messi still wants more


Argentine striker Lionel Messi is hungry for more laurels after receiving his second Golden Boot as the top scorer in European national leagues, thanks to his 50 goals last season with FC Barcelona in Spain's La Liga.

"My objective is to achieve many more great things," the 25-year-old told a press conference here. "I've always been that way and I will be that way until the end of my career.

He insisted, however, that what he really cares about are team honors, as he thanked his Barcelona teammates for helping him to a second Golden Boot.

"We fight to win titles. We're lucky to be doing very well in Liga and in Champions (League), and tomorrow we begin the competition for the Copa del Rey, but I don't battle for the Golden Boot," Messi said.




Brazil ruling party wins Sao Paulo mayor's race


Brazil's governing Workers Party took back the mayor's office here with a runoff victory by electoral newcomer Fernando Haddad.

Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city and business capital, has been run by the opposition since 2005. Haddad, 49, topped former mayor and two-time presidential candidate Jose Serra by 55.6 percent to 44.4 percent in Sunday's second round of voting.

The outcome represents a triumph for the Workers Party, or PT, and for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who handpicked Haddad - his erstwhile education minister - to represent the party in Sao Paulo.

In his first speech as mayor-elect, Haddad thanked Lula, current President Dilma Rousseff and the PT organization for their efforts on his behalf.




S.F. Giants sweep Tigers to win World Series


The San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the fourth game of the World Series, capturing their second title in three seasons.

Second baseman Marco Scutaro hit a single in the 10th inning to give the Giants the title.

The Giants swept the hapless Tigers 4-0 in the series.

San Francisco joined the Chicago Cubs, New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds as the only teams to win two World Series in three seasons.