Mexico frees U.S. woman accused of drug smuggling


A U.S. woman arrested May 22 on drug smuggling charges was freed after a judge dismissed the case, authorities in the northern Mexican state of Sonora said.

Yanira Maldonado, a Mexican-born naturalized U.S. citizen, was released late Thursday from a women's prison in Nogales, Sonora government spokesman Jorge Morales said on Twitter.

Her husband, Gary Maldonado, was there to meet her when she left the jail, media outlets said. The arrest occurred as the couple, who live in Arizona, were on their way home after attending a relative's funeral in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa.




Repsol says it's open to any form of fair compensation for YPF


The chairman and CEO of Spanish oil major Repsol said his company is open to any form of fair compensation for former Argentine unit YPF, which the South American country seized last year.

Antonio Brufau said at a Repsol shareholders' meeting that "under no circumstances" will the company stop seeking to recover "what belongs to all of you, which is the fair value of YPF."

The top executive acknowledged that any agreement eventually reached with President Cristina Fernandez's government would only be possible in the "long term," but he stressed that Repsol was exploring all legal avenues to secure compensation.

In lawsuits filed against Argentina, the Spanish company has said it lost roughly $10.5 billion in the stake seizure.




Nadal slams French Open scheduling after 2nd round win


Spain's Rafael Nadal blasted the scheduling decisions of French Open organizers after winning his second-round match, taking exception to a late start time the day before despite rain in the forecast.

"I think everybody knows in this room that the schedule of (Thursday) was wrong," Nadal said after rallying to defeat Slovakia's Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. "That's the real thing."

"I don't know if the director of the tournament, supervisors, guys who take the positions, they take a bad position two days ago, because when you make the schedule at 7:00 in the (evening), not 11:00 in the morning, you know which weather predictions you have for the next days," the Spaniard added.

"I cannot play third after men's and girls (on Thursday) when my possible opponent plays second after girls. That's not fair. And today I was playing almost three hours on court, and my opponent was watching the TV in the locker room."




A dozen hurt as Turkish police break up peaceful protest


At least a dozen people were injured here when Turkish police evicted people occupying a park that authorities plan to destroy to make room for a shopping mall.

Police in full riot gear entered Gezi Park around dawn and deployed tear gas and water cannon to expel hundreds who had been camped out there for three days in hopes of preserving one of the few green spaces left in central Istanbul.

Gezi lies near Taksim, the city's largest square.

Thirteen people, including two opposition lawmakers, were hurt, according to the physicians guild, while the NTV network cited Istanbul Gov. Avni Mutlu as saying that one of the injured was in critical condition.




OPEC leaves oil output target unchanged


The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed here to leave its oil output target unchanged at 30 million barrels per day.

Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez made the announcement to reporters while exiting OPEC's 163rd ministerial meeting, the 12-nation cartel's first of 2013.

The decision means OPEC's output target, first adopted in December 2011, will not be altered until at least year's end, although the member states' current production exceeds that ceiling by roughly 500,000 bpd.

Ramirez had said Monday in Caracas that Venezuela favored maintaining the status quo in a bid to keep crude prices above $100 a barrel. The OPEC Reference Basket has fallen to $106 thus far in 2013 and in April it dipped below the $100 threshold. That key global benchmark recovered in May but on Thursday it fell to $99.77.




Injury forces Wiggins to skip Tour de France


British cyclist Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France, will not defend his title in this year's race due to an "ongoing knee condition," his Team Sky said.

"With illness, injury and treatment Brad has gone past the point where he can be ready for the Tour," team principal Dave Brailsford said. "It's a big loss but, given these circumstances, we won't consider him for selection."

Cycling's most prestigious race begins June 29.

"It's a huge disappointment not to make the Tour," the cyclist said. "I desperately wanted be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way - but it's not going to happen."