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Mexico asks court to block Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX

Mexico asks court to block Arizona law

Lawyers for Mexico on Tuesday submitted a legal brief in a federal court in Arizona asking that the state's new immigration law be declared unconstitutional. The law requires police investigating another incident or crime to ask people about their immigration status if there's a "reasonable suspicion" they are in the country illegally. It also makes being in Arizona illegally a misdemeanor, and it prohibits seeking day-labor work along the state's streets. Mexico also says it has a legitimate interest in defending its citizens' rights and that the law would lead to racial profiling.

DENVER

Pakistan may free bin Laden hunter

The brother of an American on a solo mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden said the Colorado man is being released by the Pakistani government without charges. Gary Faulkner, 50, of Greeley, was detained June 13 in northern Pakistan after being found with a pistol, a sword and night-vision equipment. Faulkner was then moved to Islamabad. His brother told the Associated Press that he received a call Tuesday from his brother, who used a State Department official's phone. "He said he couldn't wait to return to the good ol' U.S. of A," Scott Faulkner said.

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan to import gas from Iran

Defying a warning from Washington, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani promised Tuesday to go ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran even if the U.S. levies additional sanctions against Tehran. His comments came two days after the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, cautioned Pakistan that it could run afoul of new sanctions being finalized by Congress. Gilani said Pakistan would reconsider the deal if Iran violated U.N. sanctions but was "not bound to follow" unilateral U.S. measures.

KINGSTON, Jamaica

Gang leader is in custody, police say

Reputed gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who eluded a bloody police offensive in his slum stronghold last month, was arrested Tuesday by authorities outside Jamaica's capital, police Commissioner Owen Ellington said. Coke, called one of the world's most dangerous drug lords by U.S. authorities, faces trial in New York on drug and arms trafficking charges. His arrest came nearly a month after 76 people were killed during a four-day assault by police and soldiers on the West Kingston slum of Tivoli Gardens, Coke's base, which was defended by his armed followers.

Elsewhere

Cuba: A Cuban court found prominent opposition leader Darsy Ferrer guilty of purchasing black-market cement Tuesday, but he was released on time served since it took nearly a year for his case to go to trial.

Iraq: Bombs killed at least nine Iraqis on Tuesday, including two leaders of government-backed Sunni militias that have fought al-Qaida in Iraq, officials said.

Turkey: A bomb targeting a bus loaded with military personnel in Istanbul killed five people and injured 11 others. Turkish newspapers and analysts blamed the Kurdistan Workers Party.

Brazil: Officials scrambled Tuesday to get food and medical aid to the states of Alagoas and Pernambuco, where floods killed at least 41 people and drove 120,000 from their homes.

Times wires

Mexico asks court to block Arizona immigration law 06/22/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 10:45pm]

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