Barry leaves 1 dead, 3 injured along Mexico's Gulf coast


Barry, which made landfall in Mexico as a tropical storm but has since weakened to a low-pressure system, left one dead and three injured and caused damage in at least 19 municipalities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said.

Veracruz's Civil Protection Secretariat identified the one fatality as 48-year-old Pedro Reyes, who was swept away by the current while trying to cross a stream.

Two minors and an adult, meanwhile were injured in the Veracruz town of Ixhuacan de los Reyes.




Protests leave 2 dead in Brazil


At least two people were killed in the protests that drew more than 1 million people into the streets of about 80 cities across Brazil, officials said Friday.

A total of 62 people were injured in the protests Thursday night that sent 300,000 people pouring into the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

A protester was killed when he was hit by a vehicle in Riberão Preto, a city in São Paulo state, becoming the first fatality in the wave of protests that started last week over a hike in public transit fares.

The second fatality occurred in the Amazonian city of Belem, where a woman died from a heart attack after inhaling tear gas fired by police.




Mexican biosphere reserve named UNESCO World Heritage Site


The Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in northwestern Mexico was designated Friday as a natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted to inscribe this reserve on the list during a session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

UNESCO noted in a statement that the 2,750 sq. mile site comprises two distinct sections: dormant volcanic black and red lava flows and desert pavements to the east and the Gran Altar Desert with sand dunes stretching as high as 200 meters to the west.




Spanish authorities arrest 8 on terrorism charges


Eight people of Spanish nationality were arrested in the city of Ceuta for suspected ties with a terrorist network close to al-Qaeda that enlists jihadists in Spain to send them to fight in Syria, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

The operation, being conducted jointly by the National Police and the Civil Guard, is still underway in the autonomous North African city and further arrests have not been ruled out, the ministry said in a statement.

"We understand that from Ceuta, Morocco and some places in Spain they organized the transport of a number of jihadists to Syria, going through Turkey," Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said during a visit to Lisbon.




LeBron James leads Miami Heat to 2nd straight NBA title


LeBron James dominated on both ends of the floor to lead the Miami Heat to their second straight NBA championship, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The Heat superstar also silenced those who doubted his ability to perform in the clutch when he connected on an outside shot with 28 seconds remaining Thursday night to give his team a virtually insurmountable 92-88 lead.

Miami held a slim one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter when guard Mario Chalmers banked in a 3-pointer from nearly half court, but gradually pulled away over the final 12 minutes to the delight of the crowd at American Airlines Arena.




Air force chief of staff dies in helicopter crash in Nicaragua


Air force chief of staff Col. Manuel Lopez and nine other military personnel died in the crash of a military helicopter, the Nicaraguan armed forces said.

The Russian-made MI-17 was carrying "a commission of the air force general staff" when it went down Thursday, the armed forces said in a statement.

Lopez was traveling with, among other officers, Col. Mario Jiron, chief of the aircraft repair base, and Col. Eugenio Alfaro, head of air force operations and planning who was piloting the chopper.

The aircraft crashed in Cuatro Palos, a community located outside the city of La Paz Centro in Leon province, 57 kilometers (35 miles) northwest of Managua.




Floods kill over 500 in northern India


More than 500 people have died amid torrential rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, where thousands of people remain trapped, officials said Friday.

Recent reports say that 556 bodies have been spotted either floating in the waters or buried in the snow, and that the army is doing everything possible to retrieve them, the head of the Uttarakhand state government, Vijay Bahguna, told the CNN-IBN network.

Indian Interior Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said hours before the head of the Uttarakhand government made his statement in the late afternoon, that the number of fatalities had risen to 207, according to official figures at the time.




DEA agent murdered during robbery in Colombia


A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent was murdered in Bogota during a robbery attempt that occurred as he was riding in a taxi, Colombian officials said Friday.

The DEA agent was killed Thursday night in Parque de la 93, a popular nightlife and restaurant district in the Colombian capital.

The agent was fatally stabbed as he got into a taxi after watching Game 7 of the NBA Finals on television at a restaurant.

U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Peter Michael McKinley confirmed Friday that the DEA agent died, but he did not identify the victim.