- - Monday, October 15, 2012

TEGUCIGALPA — Gunmen attacked three groups of men playing soccer at small fields in Honduras, killing 11, police said.

The motives for the attacks in the rural province of Olancho were under investigation. Drug traffickers have been active in the area.

The victims were ages 18 to 25.

Police Commissioner Hector Garcia said the first attack, on Saturday, killed eight men.

The second attack, on Sunday, killed two more men, and a third attack left one man dead.

All the attacks occurred around the city of Catacamas.

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Security official bans release of crime reports

PORT-OF-SPAIN — Don’t expect any more crime news from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

National Security Minister Jack Warner has forbidden police to release crime reports and statistics, saying that such information encourages people to commit more crime.

The island’s independent police service commission said it is amazed by the order. The commission appoints the police chief and oversees disciplinary actions.

Thousands of Trinidadians criticized Mr. Warner’s decision last week via social media, on radio and Internet comments sections, accusing him of violating the country’s freedom of information laws.

Mr. Warner was a FIFA vice president who oversaw North America and Caribbean soccer for almost three decades before resigning in June 2011 to avoid investigation in a bribery scandal tied to the FIFA presidential election. He has denied wrongdoing.


Peace negotiators wait for FARC delegation in Oslo

BOGOTA — A Colombian official said the government delegation to peace talks with the country’s main leftist rebel group in Oslo this week had not yet arrived Monday in the Norwegian capital.

The official said the talks officially begin with a Wednesday news conference.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had said the talks would begin Monday. The government never announced a date.

The Bogota newspaper El Espectador said heavy rains in Colombia delayed the arrival of FARC negotiators traveling from Havana to join their comrades for the trip to Norway.

The nearly half-century-old conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

The talks will move to Cuba after the Oslo gathering.


Ladies in White mourn co-founder one year later

HAVANA — Cuba’s Ladies in White dissident group is marking one year since the death of co-founder Laura Pollan.

Leader Berta Soler said members of the group are “in mourning.”

Several dozen women dressed in white cried out “Laura Pollan lives” and “Freedom” on Sunday after their weekly protest march outside a church in western Havana.

Many wore T-shirts printed with Pollan’s picture.

Pollan died on Oct. 14, 2011, after a week in intensive care for a respiratory virus.

The Ladies in White was formed in 2003 mostly by wives and family members of 75 dissidents in prison. Pollan was married to one of the dissident prisoners, Hector Maseda.

Cuban authorities call the dissidents “counterrevolutionaries” bent on undermining the government.


Reggae icon Tosh receives posthumous Order of Merit

KINGSTON — Jamaica’s government is honoring firebrand reggae star Peter Tosh 25 years after his slaying.

Tosh’s daughter Niambe received the posthumous Order of Merit on Monday for her father’s musical contributions during a national awards ceremony. It is Jamaica’s third-highest honor.

Tosh is one of Jamaica’s musical giants. He was a founding member of the Wailers and formed the three-man core of the group with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Tosh left the band in 1973.

His solo albums and his work with the Wailers helped make reggae known internationally.

The outspoken Tosh was known for denouncing apartheid and calling for the legalization of marijuana. Fans say the lanky baritone singer and guitarist was a mesmerizing performer.

Tosh was killed in 1987 by robbers. He was 42.


De-mining project begins on Peruvian-Chilean border

SANTIAGO — A de-mining operation was set to begin Monday to remove buried bombs from the border with Peru, the Chilean Foreign Ministry has said.

Norwegian People’s Aid’s 29-member team was commissioned by Peru and Chile to clear a designated area “comprising parts of the territories of both countries.”

Chile planted thousands of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines in a mountainous border area in 1975, when the country was ruled by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, during a flare-up of border tensions dating back to a mid-19th-century war.

Clearance operations that began in 2002 have removed 14,000 mines, but many more remain.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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