Today in Latin America
Top Story — Mexican authorities arrested two police officers in the killing of the top intelligence officer in Mexico’s northern Nuevo Leon state, including one who acted as his bodyguard.
The two state officers allegedly kidnapped and killed of Homero Salcido Trevino, director of the state’s intelligence and security center, according to Nuevo Leon Attorney General Adrian De La Garza.
One of the officers arrested worked as Salcido’s bodyguard, but De La Garza no other details at a news conference Wednesday.
Salcido’s body was found Monday in a still smouldering car in the Mexican city of Monterrey. The Nuevo Leon state has been torn by a turf war between the Gulf and Zetas drug gangs.
Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- The governor of the Mexican state where two U.S. law enforcement agents were attacked blamed the shooting on drug cartel gunmen.
- Almost 20 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border lack the monitoring needed to prevent illegal activities, such as drug and human trafficking, according to the Government Accountability Office.
- At least 15 men were injured in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca in a clash between teachers and police.
- Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean threw his support on Wednesday behind a popular musician competing in Haiti’s March 20 presidential run-off.
- Cautious reforms undertaken by Cuban President Raúl Castro are insufficient and a genuine economic liberalization represents the “only and definitive” solution to the crisis affecting the Communist-ruled island, dissidents said Tuesday.
- Honduras bets on coffee planting spree as prices soar.
- A civil court judge died Tuesday at a hospital in Petén, a province in northern Guatemala, after being shot by unidentified assailants, firefighters and police said.
- Pressure is mounting on the Venezuelan government to find ways to cut domestic fuel consumption in the South American country, but short of raising prices, options seem fairly limited.
- Venezuelan and French authorities have seized 3.6 metric tons of cocaine aboard a vessel in the Caribbean Sea.
- Colombian rebels have released to the International Red Cross the last two captives of a batch of six after a confusing weekend delay that bred ill will.
- A small group of Ecuadoreans with a genetic mutation that causes dwarfism may hold clues to preventing cancer and diabetes — two of the biggest killers in the Western world, researchers said on Wednesday.
- 19 police officers were arrested in Brazil on suspicion of belonging to a death squad which has allegedly killed at least 40 people.
- Argentina demanded Wednesday that the U.S. apologize in a dispute over the seizure of U.S. military equipment.
- Chile’s LAN airlines purchased three Boeing 767s, valued at a total $510 million at list price.