Software mogul McAfee to seek political exile in Guatemala

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The millionaire creator of the McAfee antivirus, John McAfee, is "safe and sound" in Guatemala, a country where he will seek political exile because he considers himself "persecuted by the Belize government," his attorney told Efe.

"We're asking for political exile in Guatemala because he is a political refugee from the Belize government, which accuses him in an abusive, illegal way of something he never committed," Telesforo Guerra said.

The 67-year-old McAfee is accused in Belize of murdering a neighbor.

Accompanied by 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend Sam Vanegas, McAfee put up at an exclusive hotel on the southeast side of the Guatemalan capital, but left hours later to "seek the protection of a safer place."

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59 Brazilian cops arrested for drug ties

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Brazilian authorities arrested 59 police officers accused of ties to drug-trafficking organizations based in this metropolis.

The operation was conducted jointly by Rio de Janeiro state's Public Safety Secretariat, prosecutors and the Federal Police.

In addition to the 59 cops accused of receiving bribes from drug traffickers to look the other way, Operation Clean-Up also led to the arrests of 11 others with purported ties to criminal gangs.

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U.S. lawmakers demand Cuba free Alan Gross

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The imprisonment in Cuba of U.S. contractor Alan Gross is an obstacle to better relations between Havana and Washington, senators said, demanding the Maryland man's immediate and unconditional release.

The prisoner's wife, Judy Gross, was joined by Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski - both Democrats from Maryland - and Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, at a press conference.

"Mr. Castro, a message from the U.S. Senate: let Alan Gross go, let him go today, let him go now," Mikulski said, addressing Cuban President Raul Castro.

"Mr. Castro, you are illegally holding him on a trumped up charge against his own will to the devastation of his health," she said.

"I'm one who since July of 2000 have been engaged in trying to create greater opportunities for American agriculture, farmers and ranchers to deal with Cuba and have the opportunity to sell our products," Moran said.

"I'm no longer willing to pursue this further engagement until Alan Gross is released," the Republican added.

Cardin stressed that Gross' detention is preventing any progress in bilateral relations.

Now 63, Gross was detained in Havana three years ago in possession of satellite communications equipment he said he was planning to distribute among Cuba's Jewish community.

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Shakira's ex sues her for $100 mn

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Shakira's ex-boyfriend, Antonio de la Rua, is suing her in U.S. court for $100 million as compensation for having increased her level of fame during the years in which he worked as her representative.

According to the Tuesday issue of US Weekly, the son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua accused the singer of "Hips Don't Lie" of not abiding by their contract and breaking her fiduciary responsibility in a suit filed last month.

De la Rua, who was romantically linked to Shakira for a decade, said she broke a verbal agreement they reached in 2005 whereby he would receive a part of the earnings generated by the singer "in exchange for the contribution of his business and marketing skills, knowledge and expertise."

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2 Mexicans charged in death of Coast Guardsman

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U.S. federal prosecutors in Los Angeles filed charges against two Mexicans for the death of a Coast Guard petty officer in a confrontation at sea.

Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, died of a head injury after the Mexicans rammed a Coast Guard craft that intercepted their boat near California's Santa Cruz Island.

After the crash, the Mexicans tried to flee in their boat, but the Coast Guard later managed to capture them.

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Philippines typhoon leaves 54 dead

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At least 54 people were killed and 60,000 sought refuge in shelters as Typhoon Bopha lashed the southern Philippine island of Mindanao with powerful winds and torrential rains.

Local television station ABS-CBN said that 43 people lost their lives from the overflowing river and mudslides in Mindanao's Compostela Valley, a mining area.

In the same region at least 25 people were injured and several soldiers have gone missing.

The governor of Compostela Valley, Arturo Uy, did not rule out the possibility that the death toll in his province might increase.

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EFE