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MEXICO

Report: Mexico let U.S. question migrants

MEXICO CITY | Newly released U.S. diplomatic cables indicate Mexico allowed U.S. officials to question undocumented migrants detained in Mexican territory as part of anti-terror efforts.

Mexico is traditionally sensitive about its national sovereignty. But the May 2008 cable released by WikiLeaks notes that the U.S. is concerned about Mexico being used as a “potential transit point for terrorists.”

Other cables released over the weekend painted a picture of Mexico’s weaknesses in fighting drug cartels.

They said Mexico has limited intelligence-gathering capacity, and quoted President Felipe Calderon as saying there was a serious risk politicians could return to tolerating the cartels.

BRAZIL

Police, gangs fight; Rio mayor office hit

RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazilian police have been fighting with drug gangs in slums near the center of Rio de Janeiro, with shots shattering windows in the mayor’s office.

A TV network’s helicopter was hit and forced to make an emergency landing.

There were no immediate reports of deaths.

Police said about 120 officers were met with gunfire when they entered the slums early Monday to search for gang leaders.

According to a government statement, shots knocked out windows in the office of Mayor Eduardo Paes. He was in the building, but was unhurt.

Globo TV’s website said one of its helicopters was hit by three bullets. Nobody was hurt, but the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing.

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