Brazil big city authorities reduce transport fares in response to protests


Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's two largest cities, announced a reduction in bus fares after a week of nationwide protests.

After seven days of protests in the country's largest city, Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad announced his decision to cancel the bus fare hike from 3 reais to 3.20 reais ($1.36 to $1.45) that had been put in place at the beginning of the month.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, meanwhile, also announced a 20-centavo reduction in bus fares, bringing the price of a ride on city buses back down to 2.75 reais ($1.25), where it was before the increase.

The Rio regional government also announced in a communique that it had revoked the recent fare increases on the metro, urban trains and ferries that cruise in Guanabara Bay.

Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin confirmed in a press conference with Haddad that metro and urban train fares would be reduced by 20 centavos back to their previous levels.

The announcements come in direct response to the largely peaceful demonstrations that have been taking place nationwide for the past week.




At least 30 dead, 9 missing in Peru bus crash


At least 30 people died and nine are missing after a bus plunged into a river in Peru's central jungle province of Chanchamayo, local police said.

Fifteen people are known to have been injured in the crash.

Highway Police chief Col. Rodorico Cubas told RPP radio that so far 30 bodies had been recovered and 15 people were being treated at local hospitals, adding that nine people remain unaccounted for.

The police chief said that the bus went off the roadway for unknown reasons before entering a tunnel and ended up plunging into the Tarma River, some 370 kilometers (229 miles) from Lima.




Obama proposes one-third cuts in U.S., Russian nuclear arsenals


The United States is prepared to reduce its strategic nuclear arsenal by as much as one-third if Russia agrees to do the same, President Barack Obama said in an eagerly awaited speech at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

Obama placed his proposal within a vision of a global future based on justice and peace for all and respect for human rights.

In a gesture especially directed at Moscow, he lobbied for reducing the number of strategic nuclear warheads possessed by the two main nuclear powers from the current level of 1,550 - the limit fixed in the latest START treaty - to a little over 1,000.




Mexican police nab one of FBI's 10 most wanted


Police at the Mexican sea resort of Playa del Carmen arrested one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, a former college professor accused of sexually exploiting children.

Walter Lee Williams, 64, was nabbed around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in a coffee shop near a public park, Quintana Roo state Attorney General Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres said during a press conference in Cancun.

"At present we have no record of any crime he has committed here. His arrest is based on a request by the FBI, which put him on the Most Wanted list for crimes of sexually exploiting children," the attorney general said.

"He was unable to prove he was in the country legally, for which reason he was handed over to Immigration, so it will be up to them to turn him over to the proper authorities," Garcia Torres said.




5 Dead in attack on political candidate in Iraq


At least five people died and six others were wounded in an attack on a political candidate in the northern province of Nineveh, Iraqi police sources told Efe.

A suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with explosives he was wearing in the garden of the home of sheikh Yunes al-Ramah, who is a candidate in the provincial elections scheduled for Thursday.

The attack occurred on Tuesday night when Al-Ramah, who is the head of a clan in the Al Hadar zone, 70 kilometers (43 miles) southwest of Mosul, was meeting in his home with family members and friends.

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday to select the members of provincial councils for Al Anbar and Nineveh.




Mexico's 10-year-old prodigy to enter Harvard this fall


He's only 10 years old but thanks to an IQ similar to Albert Einstein's, Luis Roberto Ramirez will begin the next school year studying applied quantum physics at Harvard University.

"My dream is to create a company and sell my inventions," the boy said on a video aired by the Michoacan Radio and Television System.

Ramirez, who lives in Zamora, Michoacan, taught himself English at 5 and is now learning to speak French and Chinese.

He was identified as highly gifted just two years ago when his parents began to see he had problems relating to other children, and that his priorities and tastes were unlike anything that might be expected of a kid his age.

It was then he was determined to have an IQ of between 152 and 160, around Einstein's level.




Heat edge Spurs 103-100 in OT to force Game 7


LeBron James again rose to the occasion for Miami, posting 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Heat to a 103-100 overtime victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs, knotting their NBA Final series at three games apiece.

Also coming up big for the defending champion Heat was veteran guard Ray Allen, who sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer just 5.2 seconds before the buzzer.

Mario Chalmers chipped in 20 points for the Heat, while a struggling Dwyane Wade scored only 14 points.

The decisive Game 7 is set for Thursday night at Miami's American Airlines Arena.