ARMY SAYS HEAD OF SECURITY FOR CARTEL ARRESTED
The Mexican army announced Sunday that it had captured the head of security for Sinaloa drug cartel chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The suspect, who was not identified by name, was captured in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan and will be presented to the media this morning, the army said. It did not say if the arrest moved the military closer to capturing Guzman, an arrest that would be seen as a major victory for the government of President Felipe Calderon. Guzman is one of the world's most wanted men.
Obama splits his time on Christmas
President Barack Obama blended his roles as a father and commander in chief this Christmas, exchanging presents and singing carols with his family, then greeting U.S. service members stationed at a Marine base in Hawaii. The president and his family woke up early Sunday to open gifts, the White House said, then had breakfast and sang Christmas carols at the house they rent in Kailua Beach, near Honolulu. Obama and his wife, Michelle, made two trips on Christmas to nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii, first to attend church services at the chapel and later to visit with several hundred service members and their families. Back in the Washington area, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, spent Christmas visiting wounded service members and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Cricketer draws 100,000 to rally
More than 100,000 people rallied in support of Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the southern city of Karachi on Sunday, further cementing his status as a rising force in politics. His message of cracking down on corruption and standing up to the United States has found new resonance at a time when Pakistanis are fed up with the country's chronic insecurity and economic malaise.
Hamas premier starts Arab tour
Ismail Haniya, the Hamas prime minister of Gaza, left the isolated Palestinian enclave Sunday to seek regional support for his Islamic movement in his first foreign trip since uprisings spread across the Arab world a year ago. A deputy, Mohammed Awad, said by Haniya would stop first in Egypt and then Sudan. He was expected to continue to Qatar and Tunisia and to other Muslim and Arab countries, including Turkey and Bahrain, where preparations for a visit were not final. Haniya has not left Gaza on an official visit since 2007.
Philippines: Fishermen joined Philippine navy sailors, police and firefighters in an ever wider search for bodies from flash floods that swept away entire villages. More bodies washed up on shore, pushing the death toll to more than 1,200, an official said today.