MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, a Mexican drug czar disgraced by his arrest and conviction for aiding a powerful drug cartel, died Thursday after a long bout of prostate cancer, his lawyer said. He was 79.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — President Porfirio Lobo on Thursday fired Honduras' national police chief, who has long faced accusations he ran death squads when he was a lower-level officer and whose force has been hit with frequent abuse claims.
US President Barack Obama warned that South Sudan stands at the "precipice" of renewed civil war, amid spiralling violence including an attack on a UN base that killed three Indian peacekeepers. The United Nations Security Council readied emergency consultations on the the rapidly fledgling nation Friday, amid growing fears the country was sliding towards greater civil strife. Obama, who announced he had deployed 45 troops to the violence-wracked country on Wednesday to protect US personnel and interests, called for an immediate end to the violence. "Recent fighting threatens to plunge South Sudan back into the dark days of its past," he said, without explicitly mentioning the 22-year civil war that left two million people dead in the former Sudan before the country split in two.