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Jews, gays, rights advocates protest Iranian leader

RIO DE JANEIRO — Hundreds of Jews, gays and civil rights activists marched along Rio’s famed Ipanema beach Sunday to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s attendance at the U.N. summit on sustainable development.

“We want the world to know that religious hatred harms the environment and Ahmadinejad represents hatred. Sustainable development encompasses human rights,” said Ivanir dos Santos of the Commission Against Religious Intolerance.

The marchers carried banners proclaiming in English “Rio does not welcome Mahmoud Ahmadinejad” and “Iranians we love you.”

With exuberant drumming by the cultural group Afro Reggae, they chanted “Ahmadinejad out of Brazil” as they paraded along Ipanema beach.

World leaders are to debate prospects for the elimination of poverty and the promotion of environmental issues at the summit from Wednesday to Friday.


Murder suspect detained by U.S. border guards

EDMONTON, Alberta — The man wanted in an armored-car heist at a Canadian university that left three armed guards dead was carrying $330,000 in cash and no passport when he was arrested by U.S. border officials, Alberta police said Sunday.

Travis Baumgartner was stopped Saturday near a border crossing in Lynden, Wash., southwest of Abbotsford, British Columbia.

He was driving a Ford F-150 truck with the Alberta license plate that police had been seeking, police Superintendent Bob Hassel said at a news conference. He said the suspect tried to get through the border with his driver’s license. He had the cash in a backpack.

Thomas Schreiber of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the suspect had a gun and was arrested without incident.

Mr. Baumgartner, 21, had been on the run since Friday when four armed guards were gunned down, three of them fatally. He faces three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.


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