Mexico: Casino Attack Leaves 40 Dead In Monterrey

Felipe-Calderon

Today in Latin America

Top Story — At least 40 people were killed Thursday afternoon in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, when a group of armed men set fire to the Casino Royale. Mexican news organizations described the attack as the worst massacre in the five years since the Felipe Calderon administration launched the country’s drug war. The governor of Nuevo Leon state, of which Monterrey is the capital, said that law enforcement had yet to determine a motive for the attack. President Calderon said the attack highlighted the need to continue pushing forward with the fight against the drug cartels. “These reprehensible acts oblige us all to persevere in the fight against these unscrupulous criminal gangs,” Calderon said in a tweet.

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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America

Caribbean

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  • Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuno is pushing a project to build a natural gas pipeline to connect the island to the mainland U.S., but critics say the pipeline would damage the environment and create safety hazards.
  • Hurricane Irene pummeled the Bahamas Thursday, but left the capital of Nassau relatively unscathed.

Central America

Andes

Southern Cone

  • A 48-hour general strike by Chile’s Central Worker’s Union (CUT) brought tens of thousands of Chileans into the streets to rally for social and political reforms as over a hundred people were arrested and a reported 6 police officers were injured.
  • Valdemar Oliveira Barbosa, a Brazilian leader of landless peasants, became the fourth activist murdered in the state of Pará since May when he was shot while riding his bicycle Thursday.
  • Wikileaks’ official Twitter account reported that a total 1658 leaked wires refer to U.S.-Argentine diplomatic relations.

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