A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent shot and killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid in a remote northern area of Honduras known as a destination for illicit flights carrying cocaine from South America, U.S. officials said Sunday.
The incident marked the first time that a DEA agent has killed someone during an operation since the agency began deploying specially trained agents several years ago to accompany local law enforcement personnel on drug raids in Latin America, said DEA spokeswoman Dawn Dearden.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Stephen Posivak in Tegucigalpa said the U.S. agent opened fire after the suspect reached for a gun in a holster, and the suspect died at the scene. Saturday's raid was the fourth operation in two months in a stepped-up U.S.-Honduran effort to fight drug trafficking in the sparsely populated areas of the country.
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Four NATO service members killed
Four service members were killed in southern Afghanistan over the weekend, NATO said Sunday. The alliance said one service member died in an insurgent attack and another in a bomb blast on Saturday. The two other service members died Sunday in a traffic accident in the south. The coalition did not identify the nationalities of the dead or give further details.
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Surgery keeps leader from EU summit
Greece's new prime minister, Antonis Samaras, will not be well enough to travel to a European Union summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday after undergoing an eye operation, the government said Sunday. Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said Samaras has appointed new Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos to head the Greek delegation.
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PARAGUAY: Ousted President Fernando Lugo fought back Sunday against the politicians who impeached him last week, setting up an alternative government and pledging to upstage Paraguay's new leaders at an upcoming regional summit.
GOODWELL, OKLA: Three Union Pacific Railroad crew members were missing after two freight trains collided Sunday in the Oklahoma Panhandle, authorities said.