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August 31, 2013 |
U.S. Border Patrol agents seized marijuana valued at more than $14 million at a San Clemente checkpoint, authorities said. The stash was discovered at 12:50 p.m. Thursday after agents stopped a 43-year-old man at the Interstate 5 checkpoint, authorities said. The suspect was hauling a 53-foot-long trailer and after being questioned was directed to an inspection area. A K-9 unit alerted agents to the trailer, which was found to contain 218 boxes filled with marijuana. The marijuana weighed 18,458 pounds -- about nine tons -- with an estimated street value of $14,766,448, officials said.
August 29, 2013 |
MEERUT, India - A militant who topped India's most-wanted list and helped found one of the nation's most infamous homegrown insurgent groups was apprehended on the border with Nepal, police said Thursday. Yasin Bhatkal, 30, mastermind and a co-founder of the Indian Mujahedin, is wanted in connection with more than 40 bombings over the last decade. Bhatkal - born Mohammed Ahmed Siddhibappa but widely known by his pseudonym - was tracked to Nepal by Indian intelligence agencies.
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August 23, 2013 |
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The hundreds of fans inside the Eastlake Tavern and Bowl groaned when the local boys seemed doomed to defeat. But when star pitcher Grant Holman hit a three-run home run Wednesday night, giving his Eastlake Little League team a lead over the team from Westport, Conn., fans watching on 28 big-screen televisions erupted in cheers of "Eastlake, Eastlake Eastlake!" Hours earlier in Tijuana, supporters of their hometown team had gathered in the league's cafeteria, eating burritos and tamarindo ice pops and pounding the tables at home runs.
August 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In February 2011, when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak bowed to a popular uprising and relinquished power, President Obama welcomed the change and declared, "Egypt will never be the same. " Two and a half years after the elation of the "Arab Spring," Egypt looks much as it did under the aging autocrat, only more violently polarized. Critics say Obama has mostly watched from the sidelines. Mubarak's court-ordered release from prison Thursday in effect capped the end of Egypt's brief experiment with democracy and its return to military rule.
August 18, 2013 |
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 1985, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, frantically searching for their kidnapped comrade Enrique Camarena, spotted the prime suspect - cartel kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero, surrounded by five machine-gun-toting bodyguards, strutting toward a Falcon executive jet on the Guadalajara airport tarmac. The swarthy young trafficker, sporting pricey cowboy boots and a blinding 6-inch-wide diamond bracelet, beckoned the Mexican police commander minding the Americans, whispered a promise of 60 million pesos (about $270,000)
August 17, 2013 |
BEIRUT - It was an incident shrouded in mystery that occurred in one of the Middle East's most sensitive areas: the "Blue Line" demarcating the frontier between southern Lebanon and northern Israel. Shortly after midnight on Aug. 7, four Israel soldiers were wounded along the United Nations-designated line, which for the most part has been quiet since Israel and Hezbollah forces fought a monthlong war in 2006. After the incident, Israel issued a vague and terse statement saying its soldiers had suffered light to moderate injuries when an "explosion" occurred "during an overnight activity adjacent to the northern border.
August 17, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The leader of the Gulf cartel, one of Mexico's oldest drug-running organizations, was captured by the Mexican army Saturday, officials said, dealing a new blow to a decades-old enterprise whose power has waned in recent years with the rise of other criminal groups. Mario Armando Ramirez Treviño, 51, who is wanted in the United States, was arrested Saturday morning, according to a government statement. Mexican news organizations reported that he was detained in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, near the Texas border.
August 14, 2013 |
One of the few relief organizations to tough out more than two decades of civil war, famine and chaos, Doctors Without Borders announced Wednesday that it is closing all operations in Somalia because of "extreme abuses" by armed factions and government indifference toward them. “In choosing to kill, attack, and abduct humanitarian aid workers, these armed groups, and the civilian authorities who tolerate their actions, have sealed the fate of countless lives in Somalia,” Unni Karunakara, the international medical group's president, said in a scathing statement about the conditions driving the relief group to leave after 22 years.
August 13, 2013 |
McALLEN, Texas - When Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican from New Jersey, toured the U.S. border with Mexico last week, he saw more than 20-foot-high barricades outside San Diego, a surveillance drone base in Arizona and patrol boats on the Rio Grande in Texas. Lance also spotted a body floating in the tall Spanish cane in an elbow of the Rio Grande. Border Patrol agents told him the man may have drowned trying to swim across from Mexico, or may have been killed by cartel members in a drug deal gone bad. "To see a dead body right here," Lance said, "is a dramatic indication that we have to do a better job" on border security.
August 7, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Four Israeli soldiers were injured early Wednesday by an explosion along the country's northern border, according to Israeli military officials. Lebanese media reported that an Israeli patrol vehicle had crossed into Lebanon when it was struck by an unknown explosive device. The Lebanese army said in a statement that the Israeli forces crossed nearly 400 yards inside Lebanon to the area of Labbouneh near the coastal town of Naqour, according to the Associated Press.