Statue of Liberty reopens doors on July 4


New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presided at the ceremony to reopen the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the entrance to the land of opportunities that was affected by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

The ceremony coinciding with Independence Day was the second reopening in less than a year, given that the storm ravaged both Liberty and Ellis Islands, and came just one day after the crown of the monument was opened to the public after a $30 million restoration.

The island had reopened to the public - after being closed for a year for security upgrades - on Oct. 28, 2012, the day before Sandy struck.

Thus, there was a pronounced sense of deja vu at the reopening.




At least 7 die in several attacks in Iraq


At least seven people, including four police officers, died and 20 others were wounded in assorted attacks carried out in different parts of Iraq, a source with the Interior Ministry told Efe.

The four police officers were killed and 19 other people wounded when a car bomb exploded near a security patrol beside a soccer stadium in the town of Al Tuz, 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Tikrit.

In addition, one doctor died and another was serious injured when a group of armed men fired at their vehicle with silencer-equipped weapons in the Baghdad neighborhood of Yadida.

Also, a female doctor was shot to death in Baghdad by a group of unknown killers.




Egyptian prosecutors order Muslim Brotherhood leaders arrested


Arrest warrants have been issued for the two top leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on charges that they instigated the killings of people taking part in peaceful protests against deposed President Mohammed Morsi, the official Mena news agency reported, citing statements made by the attorney general.

Investigators confirmed the accuracy of eyewitness statements identifying the group's spiritual leader, Mohammed Badie, and his "number two," Khairat El Shater, as the individuals who called for the killings of those who protested outside the Muslim Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters, Attorney General Ahmed Ezzeldin told Mena.

Morsi's whereabouts is unknown, but a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman said the deposed president is being held at the Defense Ministry.

The security forces began arresting Muslim Brotherhood leaders on Wednesday night.




Trucker killed trying to break through Brazil highway blockade


A trucker who tried to break through aahighway blockade set up by other drivers in southern Brazil died from being hit on the head by a hurled stone, local media reported.

The incident occurred on Wednesday on a highway in Rio Grande do Sul state where a large group of MUBC truckers union members were blocking traffic as part of the demonstration their union is staging in solidarity with the nationwide protests that erupted in June.

The driver was identified as Renato Kranlow, 44, but authorities have not been able to definitively determine if the stone that killed him was thrown by the truckers who were blocking the road.




4 Children killed by landmine in Afghanistan


Four girls died when one of them stepped on a landmine while they were getting water from a stream in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, an official told Efe.

The explosion occurred about 7:30 a.m. in the Zabar zone of Lashkargah, the regional capital, the Helmand governor's spokesman, Omar Zwak, said.

"The girls were between 10 and 12 years old and the bodies of two of them were in pieces," Zwak said.

The children had attended a wedding in the area and left for a few moments to get water from a nearby stream.

The spokesman said the Taliban insurgents were responsible for the incident and added that a team had been sent to investigate.




Jenni Rivera's autobiography holds nothing back


Late Mexican-American music star Jenni Rivera tells a story of rape, attempted suicide and domestic abuse in an official autobiography released this week on what would have been her 44th birthday.

People and People en Español magazines have offered excerpts from "Unbreakable: My Story, My Way," a 239-page volume published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

The U.S.-born singer reveals that she was raped by a man she encountered at a Los Angeles club where Rivera regularly performed as she was trying to get her career started.

Rivera, who died last December in a plane crash in northern Mexico, says she never told anyone about the assault because she wanted to preserve her identity as a tough rebel "who never lost a fight."




Police find 7 heads in western Mexico


State police officers in Jalisco, a state in western Mexico, found seven human heads and other body parts in trash bags by a road in the city of Zacoalco, media reports said.

The body parts were discovered Tuesday night in a field and taken to the coroner's office in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, where state prosecutors are analyzing them.

The Jalisco Attorney General's Office did not comment on the case.