Top Story — New evidence suggests that the Mexican police officers who shot at a U.S. Embassy vehicle on Aug. 24 near Cuernavaca, wounding two CIA officers, were working for organized crime, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.
Mexican officials have confirmed that they are investigating the involvement of the Beltran Leyva Cartel in the attack. Contradicting the Mexican federal police’s claims that the shooting was a mistake, a U.S. official told the Associated Press that the attack was an ambush planned to kill those inside the vehicle.
Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another injured in a shooting on Tuesday morning on the Arizona border.
- Florida’s Supreme Court is considering whether to allow José Godinez-Samperi
o to become the first undocumented immigrant to get a license to practice law.
- Juan Pablo Roque, a retired Cuban spy involved in shooting down two Brothers to the Rescue civilian planes in 1996, said he’s sorry for the four people killed in the attack.
- A doctor said on Tuesday that U.S. native Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba, has a cancerous growth, contradicting medical records sent by Cuba which he says are misleading.
- Puerto Rico is getting two new free newspapers, adding to an already high competition for readers.
- The Nicaraguan police found documents that could implicate the Vice President of Televisa in a money laundering scheme.
- Honduran politicians planning to run for office are offering free coffins to the poor through charity organizations, the Associated Press reports.
- Venezuelan votes in the U.S. may be limited by Hugo Chávez’s closing of the Miami Consulate earlier this year.
- Venezuela’s defense minister, Gen. Henry Rangel, says the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles plans to dismantle the country’s armed forces.
- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will spend two or three days in the hospital after having surgery for his prostate cancer, his doctor said on Tuesday.
- Argentina became the main supplier of soy and soybean oil to Iran between July and September, Oil World said on Tuesday.
- A Vigil was held in São Paulo, Brazil, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary Carandiru prison massacre.
- A U.N. agency said it will stop calculating poverty numbers in Chile after the government allegedly misrepresented the data.
- Pablo Wagner, Chile’s deputy mining minister, resigned on Tuesday after the lithium license he helped approve was revoked.
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