jueves, 27 de septiembre de 2012

Jordan's monarch in Peru for tourism, summit

King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Lima on 26 September and was to visit historic sites before attending the Third Summit of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA3) scheduled for 1 and 2 October. The summit aims to promote cultural, economic, education and scientific collaboration between the regions and is hosted by Peru this year. Heads of state expected to attend this summit were the King of Morocco, the Emir of Qatar, the Lebanese president and the head of the Palestinian Authority, Telesur reported on 27 September. Foreign ministers were to meet on 1 October and heads of states and governments the following day. Jordan's king was first to visit the historic city of Cuzco and the Inca citadel at Machu Picchu.

Fifteen killed around Mexico in a day

Fifteen people were shot dead or found dead on 26 September in different parts of Mexico, in apparent acts of violence likely and mostly related to cartels. These included: two employees of the national oil company Pemex shot dead at a refinery in Salamanca, north-west of Mexico City, three men and a woman whose bones or remains were found in a mine shaft in the district of El Oro in the north-western state of Durango, and a man and woman killed in a shootout between police and criminals in Tlanepantla, Estado de México, Proceso reported on 26 September. On the night of 26-27 September, the northern city of Piedras Negras became the setting of dispersed gun battles between Mexican security forces and "armed civilians" or suspected criminals, though it was not immediately clear how many died, Proceso reported on 27 September. At least 131 inmates broke out of the Piedras Negras prison on 17 September, though it was not immediately clear if these were involved in the shootouts. Messages written on sheets left hanging around Piedras Negras that morning warned residents there would be clashes later that day and they should "take precautions." Eight of the escaped convicts were caught by 26 September and one was killed on 25 September, CNNMéxico and Univision reported.

Mexico arrests 19 cartel members

Authorities arrested on 26 September a suspect identified as Iván Velázquez Caballero - El Talibán or Z-50 - a senior operative of The Zetas drug cartel, in San Luis Potosí, central Mexico. His zone of operations was said to be in and around Monterrey in the northern state of Nuevo León, according to El Universal. He was described in a CNN report as "one of the main leaders" of The Zetas and in charge of operations in the central districts of Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and part of Guanajuato. Marines separately detained 18 suspected members of the Zetas a day before in the district of Parás in Nuevo León, following an anonymous phone tip. They confiscated items including rifles and handguns, ammunition, suspected drugs and an anti-personnel mine, El Universal reported on 26 September. The review Proceso reported that day the appearance of narcomantas - messages from gangs written on drapes or sheets hung in public places - indicating discontent among the Zetas. Four of these appeared at an unspecified date in four municipalities of the eastern state of Veracruz, accusing El Talibán and another former Zeta of being "traitors" and informers though it was not immediately clear for or against whom, Proceso reported. The messages accused the jailed founder and former head of the Gulf Cartel Osiel Cárdenas Guillén of providing information on The Zetas to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The United States was in turn accused of arming the rival Gulf Cartel to foment violence and "destabilize" Mexico in order to "say there is terrorism in Mexico, so they can dip their spoon in."