Mexico captures leader of Zetas cartel


Security forces captured the leader of the ultraviolent Los Zetas drug cartel during an operation in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, the Mexican government said.

Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias "Z40," was arrested in the early hours of Monday along with a bodyguard and the cartel's money manager, federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told a press conference in the capital.

"Not a single shot" was fired, Sanchez said, adding that the trio was in possession of $2 million in cash, eight assault rifles and some 500 rounds of ammunition.

Marines mounted a surveillance operation in the area after receiving intelligence that Treviño would be traveling on rural routes between the states of Tamaulipas - where Nuevo Laredo is located - and Coahuila.




7 Killed in Egypt clashes


Seven people were killed and 261 others injured overnight amid protests in this capital by tens of thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, Egyptian state television said.

Four of the fatalities occurred in Al-Nahda Square, near the campus of the University of Cairo, where Morsi partisans clashed with neighborhood residents, state news agency Mena said.

Attempts by police to break up pro-Morsi demonstrations in Ramses Square and on Oct. 6th Bridge left two people dead and 134 injured.

More than 400 people were arrested in connection with the incident in Ramses Square, a police source told Efe.




3 Dead in Brazil airplane crash


Three people died and three others were seriously injured when their small plane crashed and exploded just after taking off from the Brazilian city of Manaus, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 6:20 a.m. (1020 GMT) at the international airport at Manaus, the major city in Brazil's Amazon region.

The Beechcraft Baron 58 was scheduled to fly between the capital of the state of Amazonas and Apui, some 453 kilometers (about 281 miles) away.

The aircraft was owned by Apui Taxi Aereo and was able to take off but just seconds later it lost power for unknown reasons, plunged to earth and exploded.




Spacewalk suspended after water leak found in astronaut's helmet


A spacewalk outside the International Space Station was suspended when the astronaut's spacesuit helmet had a water leak, Vladimir Soloviov, head of the Russian segment of the orbital research center, said.

"The decision was taken to suspend the spacewalk when European astronaut Luca Parmitano was having a water leak in his helmet," Soloviov told the Interfax news agency.

The "water leak" occurred when Parmitano and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy were doing reparation and maintenance jobs outside the ISS.

Technicians are weighing the possibility that the liquid came from a bag of water that astronauts drink during their spacewalks.




Venezuelan president weds long-time partner


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that he and long-time partner Cilia Flores were married in a private ceremony presided over by Caracas Mayor Jorge Rodriguez.

Maduro said that Rodriguez, "the official matchmaker of the revolution," was the person who officiated at his wedding to the "first combatant of the Republic," as he refers to Flores, shying away from the designation "first lady."

Together since the early 1990s, Maduro and Flores have no children in common, though each has kids from previous marriages.




Bombing in Turkey wounds 6


At least six people were wounded by a bomb explosion in a neighborhood of Diyarbakir, a largely Kurdish city in southeast Turkey, police told media outlets.

The head of Diyarbakir security forces, Recep Guven, said the device made from a gas cylinder exploded as someone was handling it, though the circumstances of the incident are still being investigated, according to the online edition of the daily Hurriyet.

As a result of the detonation, six people have been hospitalized including two girls, the daily said.




Astronomer discovers another moon orbiting Neptune


An astronomer with the SETI Institute announced the discovery of Neptune's 14th moon, spotted during a review of archive photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

With a diameter of only 19 kilometers (12 miles), the new moon, S/2004 N1, is so small that it eluded detection by NASA's Voyager 2 probe during a close fly-by of Neptune in 1989.

SETI's Mark Showalter made the discovery July 1 while studying photos taken by the Hubble telescope between 2004 and 2009.

S/2004 N1 appears in roughly 150 of those images, providing Showalter with enough material to plot the tiny moon's orbit and determine that it takes 23 hours to complete a revolution around Neptune.




Santos meets with Colombian rebel unit that laid down arms


Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the city of Cali received a group of 30 guerrillas from the National Liberation Army, or ELN, who had laid down their weapons offering them "the generous hand" of society.

Santos traveled from Bogota to Cali expressly to receive the former rebels - among whom were eight women, three of them pregnant - who, dressed in military-style clothing with their faces covered and wearing ELN armbands, got into formation before him at the Pichincha Brigade base.

"This is the largest demobilization that that organization (the ELN) has made. Never before have we had such a large group of demobilized (fighters)," the president said before the former rebels and dozens of Colombian troops.

The ELN in recent months has repeated its willingness to start peace talks with the government like those begun seven months ago with the FARC in Havana, but Santos is demanding that they first hand over all the hostages they are holding.