- - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

UKRAINE

EU postpones president’s visit

KIEV — The European Union on Tuesday delayed a key visit by the Ukrainian president after signals that the country’s jailed former prime minister, opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, will not be released soon.

The decision could strengthen Russia’s hand in trying to lure Ukraine back into its sphere of influence. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with his Russian counterpart Tuesday to discuss economic cooperation and natural gas imports.

Mrs. Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison last week on charges of abuse of office in the signing of a natural gas import contract with Russia in 2009. She dismissed her trial as Mr. Yanukovych’s attempt to bar her from parliamentary elections next year.

The U.S. and the EU have condemned the conviction as politically motivated.

Mr. Yanukovych had been slated to travel to Brussels on Thursday for talks on a long-awaited free-trade agreement with the 27-nation bloc. But the EU announced the trip has been postponed until “a later occasion when the conditions will be more conducive to making progress on the bilateral relations.”

MEXICO

Alleged drug gang leader arrested in Acapulco

MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal police said they have detained the leader of a drug gang locked in a bloody battle for control of the resort city of Acapulco.

The Public Safety Department said Christian Arturo Hernandez Tarin was detained Tuesday in the central state of Mexico.

The department said Mr. Hernandez Tarin led a gang known as “the street sweeper.”

Mr. Hernandez Tarin’s gang has been fighting against the local Independent Cartel of Acapulco for control of the Pacific Coast city since the 2010 arrest of suspected drugs kingpin Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie.”

The department said both groups broke away from Mr. Valdez’s organization because they didn’t like the group’s new leader, sparking a wave of violence that has terrorized people in Acapulco.

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