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Mexican navy arrests notorious drug cartel suspect

Mexico

NAVY ARRESTS NOTORIOUS DRUG CARTEL SUSPECT

The Mexican navy caught the suspected Zetas cartel leader accused of involvement in some of the country's most notorious crimes in recent years, authorities said Monday. Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara announced that Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, 31, was arrested Saturday and is believed to have masterminded the massacre of 72 migrants in the northern state of Tamaulipas in 2010. The man known as "Squirrel" also has been linked to the escape of 151 prisoners in 2010 from a jail in the city of Nuevo Laredo, the recent flight of 131 prisoners in the city of Piedras Negras, and the killing of U.S. citizen David Hartley in 2010 on Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border.

Syria

Turkey retaliates for new shelling

The Turkish military retaliated with artillery fire for a sixth straight day Monday after a Syrian shell hit its territory. Turkish President Abdullah Gul called on the international community to do more to try to end Syria's nearly 19-month-old conflict, which has claimed more than 30,000 lives and — with Turkey-Syria tensions rising — heightened fears of a regional conflagration.

Britain

Assange backers ordered to pay bail

A British judge on Monday ordered supporters of Julian Assange to pay $150,000 they promised for his bail because the Wiki­Leaks founder violated the conditions for his release. He was supposed to report to police daily but sought refuge at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been holed up since June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over sex crimes allegations.

Oklahoma City

Police accuse man of bombing plot

An Illinois man with a history of mental illness has been charged with plotting to attack dozens of churches after a hotel maintenance worker in Oklahoma spotted the makings of Molotov cocktails in a trash bin and alerted police. Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., was charged under a strict Oklahoma antiterrorism law put in place after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Elsewhere

Egypt: President Mohammed Morsi on Monday issued a decree pardoning all those charged with or convicted of acts "in support of the revolution" that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

Times wires

Mexican navy arrests notorious drug cartel suspect

10/08/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 11:19pm]
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