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French President Francois Hollande's popularity rating has inched up from near record lows this month, despite heavy criticism he received over security issues since the Bastille Day attack in Nice, two polls showed. Nineteen percent of those surveyed in a BVA poll published on Saturday said they had a favourable opinion of Hollande, up from a record low of 18 percent in June. A July 22-23 Ifop poll for the Journal du Dimanche published on Sunday showed a bigger improvement, with those satisfied with the president rising three percentage points to a five-month high of 17 percent.
One of Mexico's most notorious drug lords, wanted by the United States for the 1985 murder of an undercover agent, spoke out from hiding in an article Sunday to deny involvement in the killing. Rafael Caro Quintero, founder of the now defunct Guadalajara cartel, the country's most powerful drug trafficking network in the 1980s, denied murdering the Drug Enforcement Administration officer and apologized for involvement in trafficking during an interview with prominent news magazine Proceso. Caro Quintero, who served 28 years of a 40-year sentence in a Mexican prison for the murder, was freed over a legal technicality in 2013 and then vanished.