Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Shot Americans were CIA agents, officials say

MEXICO

shot AMERICANS WERE cia agents, officials say

The two Americans who were injured when gunmen fired on an American Embassy vehicle last week were CIA employees sent to bolster Mexican efforts to fight drug traffickers, officials said Tuesday. The two operatives, who were wounded Friday, were participating in a training program that involved the Mexican navy. It was unclear if the Americans, who officials said were unarmed, were specifically targeted, if the shooting was a case of mistaken identity or if there was some other reason that the vehicle was ambushed. Mexican prosecutors have detained 12 federal police officers and have said no theory could be ruled out. The CIA declined to comment.

WASHINGTON

U.S. court rejects Texas' redistricting

A federal court threw out Texas' redistricting plans Tuesday, saying the maps drawn by the Republican-led legislature undermined the political clout of minorities who are responsible for the state's population growth. The three-judge special panel said Texas could not prove that plans for congressional districts and both houses of the legislature were not drawn without intentional discrimination against the burgeoning Latino population.

Cuba

Daughter's exit linked to romance

The tale of the Cuban vice president's daughter who defected may turn out to be a love story. Glenda Murillo went to Tampa to be with her boyfriend and not for political reasons, her aunt said Tuesday. Murillo, daughter of Marino Murillo, left Cuba "for personal and not political reasons," the aunt, Idania Diaz, told El Nuevo Herald in a phone conversation from Tampa.

Elsewhere

Milwaukee: Wade Michael Page, the man who killed six Sikh worshipers at a temple before fatally shooting himself, had a history of alcohol problems and underwent a noticeable personality change in the preceding year, said an investigative report released Tuesday.

Afghanistan: The Taliban failed to kill one of their most hated enemies late Monday when the police chief of Kandahar province survived a suicide car bombing that killed four civilians and wounded 20 more, Afghan officials said Tuesday.

Russia: Taisiya Osipova, a woman described by antigovernment activists as a "political prisoner," was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison on drug charges that supporters say were fabricated in retaliation for her work in opposition to President Vladimir Putin.

Venezuela: The country's biggest oil refinery remained shut Tuesday after firefighters extinguished a blaze that raged for more than three days following an explosion that killed at least 41 people.

Kenya: A police officer died and 13 others were wounded Tuesday in a grenade attack during riots in Mombasa over the killing of a radical cleric, police said.

Times wires

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