Defense minister quits to protest crackdown
LA PAZ — Bolivia’s defense minister resigned Monday in protest of a police crackdown on a march by indigenous groups opposed to a planned highway through a rain forest reserve.
“I do not agree with the intervention in the march, and I cannot justify the measure when other alternatives existed,” Cecilia Chacon said in a letter to leftist President Evo Morales.
Her action followed criticism of the police crackdown by the United Nations and human rights groups, and reports that Indian groups in the cities of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba were staging hunger strikes in protest.
Riot police on Sunday fired tear gas at marchers camped out near the northeastern village of Yucumo, rounded them up and forced them onto buses in an operation that left several people injured.
Security officials probe mysterious explosion
BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s security ministry has an explosives team probing a mysterious blast that killed a woman and injured at least six other people in the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
The explosion occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, destroying two houses, a business and several cars.
Some residents reported seeing a ball of fire fall from the sky right before the explosion.
Federal and provincial experts are not ruling anything out, but NASA has said that a satellite that fell to Earth sometime Saturday landed well clear of South America.
Provincial justice and security minister Ricardo Casal said experts “are evaluating all theories, from an explosion to something strange that came from the sky.”
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