Kingpin behind killing of DEA agent released from Mexican prison


Former drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero was released before dawn after a Mexican federal court overturned his conviction for the murder of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, a source at Puente Grande prison told Efe.

Caro Quintero, 60, left the penitentiary in the western state of Jalisco several hours before the court decision was made public, the source said.

One of the founders of the now-defunct Guadalajara cartel, Caro Quintero had been behind bars since 1985 for a raft of offenses, including the abduction, torture and killing of the DEA's Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.

A federal appellate panel in Jalisco ordered Caro Quintero freed after concluding he had served his sentences for drugs and racketeering and that the penalty imposed for Camarena's murder was invalid because of a jurisdictional error in the original trial.




Spain reviews speed limits throughout rail network


Development Minister Ana Pastor said her department was "conducting a general review" of speed limits throughout Spain's rail network with a view to improving safety conditions.

Pastor appeared before the lower house of Parliament two weeks after a high-speed train went off the rails on July 24 near the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people.

Driver Francisco Jose Garzon, who has been charged with negligent homicide, admitted that he was going at double the 80 kph (49 mph) speed limit leading up to the crash.

Pastor, who oversees Spain's railways, told lawmakers a review also was being carried out of the "protocols and systems" of "the entire rail network in the wake of the accident."




10 Killed in attack on Pakistan mosque


Ten people were killed when armed men opened fire on worshippers leaving a mosque in the southwestern city of Quetta, Pakistan's Dawn television said.

The intended targets of the attack were regional politicians expected to attend Friday prayers marking the Eid al-Fitur feast that ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, other media outlets said.

The shootings came a day after at least 30 people died in a suicide bombing at the funeral in Quetta for a police commander who had been gunned down by insurgents hours earlier.




America Movil makes bid for full control of Dutch group KPN


Mexican telecommunications giant America Movil launched a bid for the 70.23 percent of Dutch telecoms operator KPN that it does not already own, offering to pay 2.4 euros ($3.20) per share.

In a filing with the Mexican Stock Exchange, America Movil said the tender offer implied a roughly 35.4 percent premium on the average closing price of KPN's ordinary shares on Euronext Amsterdam for the previous 30 trading days.

The Mexican company, controlled by multi-billionaire Carlos Slim, currently owns 29.77 percent of KPN.

In the filing, America Movil recalled that in recent years it has been "exploring opportunities to expand its operations to other regions outside the Americas in order to achieve geographical diversification and create attractive long-term returns for its shareholders."




Japan moves to stop leaks of radioactive water from Fukushima


The operator of Japan's disabled Fukushima nuclear power plant said it had begun pumping highly contaminated groundwater out of the basements of the reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power Company made the announcement two days after the Japanese government said nearly 300 tons of radioactive water might be flowing into the Pacific Ocean every day from the facility, which was crippled by the devastating magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011.

Since the pumping system was put into operation, there have not been any "anomalies such as water leaks," TEPCO said.

TEPCO said it also was working on a system of 30 pipes in the port area, just opposite the damaged reactors, that could be ready by mid-August and allow up to 100 tons of contaminated water to be extracted daily.




Honduran jury convicts 3 for massacre of factory workers


Three gang members were found guilty in the shooting deaths of 18 workers at a shoe factory in the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.

The jury took two days to convict Edwin Diaz, Jose Sanchez and Cristian Rivera - all members of the Mara 18 gang - for the Sept. 8, 2010, bloodbath.

The victims, ranging in age from 17 to 24, were at work when assailants burst into the factory and began shooting, police said in the wake of the massacre.

Area residents told reporters the attack was carried out by at least four men armed with AK-47 assault rifles traveling in a gray SUV.