Top Story — The Mexican Foreign Ministry said Sunday that a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a Mexican citizen on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, demanding an investigation into the incident. The shooting occurred Saturday on near a bridge between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Though few details were released, the victim was apparently standing on the Mexican side of the river when a border patrol agent opened fire. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson did not confirm the death, but acknowledged that border patrol agents opened fire on Saturday during two “dangerous encounters”, one involving a person throwing stones, and another involving a person who was allegedly aiming a gun from the Mexican side. The FBI is expected to investigate the incident. In 2010, a U.S. border patrol agent shot and killed a 15 year-old boy on the Mexican side of the river who was throwing rocks, but the FBI closed the investigation in April, citing a lack of evidence.
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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- Mexico’s Zetas drug cartel allegedly funneled $1 million a month for two years through two separate Bank of America accounts, according to an FBI investigation.
- Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday that he will challenge Mexico’s July 1 elections results in court, alleging that vote-buying allowed PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto to win the election.
- A U.S. district judge in South Carolina said he would revisit a December ruling in which he blocked parts of the state’s immigration law, due to the Supreme Court decision upholding part of a similar law in Arizona.
- Cuban officials announced that a cholera outbreak is spreading in the country for the first time in a century, citing 53 cases and three deaths.
- A Haitian judge on Friday ordered the release of two American citizens locked up since May 18 for participating in a pro-army demonstration, citing a lack of evidence.
- Maroon settlements founded by escaped slaves in the Caribbean are hoping that tourism will provide an economic boost for their communities as interest in their culture and traditions grows.
- Guatemala’s finance minister said Monday that the country will not expropriate stakes in mining and natural resources, despite proposed changes that would give the government a 40 percent stake in natural resource companies.
- Inmates in a Costa Rican prison suspected of ties to Mexico’s Gulf Cartel set fire to mattresses and forced an evacuation and transfer of 30 prisoners on Saturday.
- Jaime García Márquez, brother of Colombian Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez, says the writer is suffering from dementia and is no longer able to write.
- A copper mining project in Peru has won community support for its water plan and is awaiting permits from the government to move forward with the $3 billion project.
- Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that he may stay holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for months.
- Sixteen homeless people have been found dead in Chile since a cold snap hit the central and southern part of the country.
- The Uruguayan government will attempt to auction off its grounded Bombardier Inc. jets after flights were suspended indefinitely on July 5.
- A homeless Brazilian couple discovered a bag containing $10,000 on a street in São Paulo and handed the money over to a security guard.
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