- The Washington Times - Monday, March 5, 2007


Cabbies take tourists to noted killing sites

MEXICO CITY — Streetwise cabbies in northern Mexico are cashing in on a violent drug war by whisking visitors about town in macabre tours of seized narco-properties and famous murder scenes, Sunday’s Reforma newspaper reported.

Taxi drivers in the Pacific coast city of Mazatlan satisfy tourists’ ghoulish fascination with a battle between cartels that killed 2,000 people last year, for $18 a trip, the paper said.

A starting point is the boarded up disco on the beach once owned by the Arellano Felix brothers, whose drug cartel was the country’s most powerful. Then comes the nearby spot where police gunned down Ramon Arellano Felix in 2002.


Court takes up border dispute

THE HAGUE — The International Court of Justice began hearings yesterday into a maritime border dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras that nearly led to war between the neighboring nations in 1999.

Nicaragua filed a claim with the ICJ in 1999, asking it to define their mutual border in the Caribbean Sea, which it said has never been established. Honduras says it was set by the king of Spain in 1906 and upheld by the World Court in 1960.


Latin American group ponders inviting Cuba

GEORGETOWN — The Rio Group summit, attended by only eight Latin American presidents, debated whether to admit Cuba to this club of 19 countries of the region, before ending its meeting Saturday.

To shore up the group and give it a permanent presence, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet wanted to create standing working groups on energy, agriculture and climate change.

Mrs. Bachelet, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Mexican President Felipe Calderon met to address the possibility of admitting Cuba, said Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim.

Weekly notes …

A federal judge has threatened to fine the U.S. Virgin Islands government after finding it in contempt of court for the fourth time in 12 years for failing to improve care for mentally ill prisoners awaiting trial. U.S. District Judge Stanley S. Brotman warned last week he would impose daily fines against the U.S. Caribbean territory in two months unless it upgrades treatment of mentally ill inmates. … Toronto police closed several major streets yesterday after huge slabs of ice started skidding off skyscrapers in the Canadian city’s downtown core. “Current weather conditions are presenting safety concerns. The closures will remain in effect as long as there is a danger to public safety,” a police statement said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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