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ERACRUZ---Prosecutors in southern
Mexico have arrested the police chief of
the small town of Aquila for allegedly
shooting the mayor to death following
an argument. The prosecutors' office in
the southern state of Oaxaca says the
shooting occurred at a party in Aquila
The office hasn't revealed what
the two argued about. Prosecutors
identified the police chief as Adan
Gonzalez and the dead mayor as
Geronimo Manuel Garcia Rosas.
More than two dozen mayors have
been killed in Mexico since 2006.
Drug gangs are suspected in some
of those killings, but a dispute
between a mayor and his local police
force was the motive in at least one
other of the killings. (AP)
Mexican mayor allegedly killed by police chief
LONDON---It s a boy!
Prince William s wife, Kate, has
given birth to a prince who is now
third in line to the British throne.
The child was born yesterday, after
many Britons woke up to the news
that Kate, also known as the Duchess
of Cambridge, had gone into labor
with the couple s first child.
The birth announcement, via a
press release from Kensington Palace,
said the boy was born at 4:24 p.m.
weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
William was present for the birth,
the statement said.
The announcement did not
include a name for the future
monarch, though one is expected to
be announced in the next few days.
"Her Royal Highness and her child
are both doing well and will remain
in hospital overnight," it said.
"Members of both families have
been informed and are delighted with
Cries of joy erupted from the wait-
ing crowd amassed near Buckingham
Palace as the news came through,
and hundreds of onlookers---some
of whom had camped outside for
hours---crushed against the palace s
fences to catch a glimpse of the bul-
letin formally announcing the birth
placed outside the palace s forecourt.
William s father, Charles, and his
wife, Camilla, spoke of their joy and
pride in becoming grandparents for
the first time.
"It is an incredibly special moment
for William and Catherine and we
are so thrilled for them on the birth
of their baby boy," Prince Charles
said in a statement.
"Grandparenthood is a unique
moment in anyone s life, as countless
kind people have told me in recent
months, so I am enormously proud
and happy to be a grandfather for
the first time and we are eagerly
looking forward to seeing the baby
in the near future."
The royal birth recalled that of the
baby s father, William, in 1982, at
the same central London hospital.
Many remember the moment when
he was carried out in his mother
Princess Diana s arms with proud
father Prince Charles at their side.
William and Kate s son is expected
to follow Charles and William to the
No one can tell what political and
personal changes the intervening
years will bring, but the baby can be
expected to become the head of state
of 16 countries, including Britain,
Australia and Canada. The child will
also eventually become Supreme
Governor of the Church of England.
The little prince represents a living
link to Britain s imperial history---
the infant is the great-great-great-
great-great-grandchild of Queen
Victoria, who ruled at the peak of
Many Britons had hoped that
William and Kate would start a family
shortly after their gala 2011 wedding,
which drew a global television audi-
ence in the hundreds of millions. The
couple waited, however, until William
was nearly finished with his military
work as a search and rescue helicopter
pilot based at an air base in a remote
island off the coast of Wales.
That allowed Kate to ease into
royal life, and to become more com-
fortable in the spotlight, before
becoming a parent. It also allowed
her to play a supporting role during
Queen Elizabeth II s Diamond Jubilee
celebrations last summer.
The first months of her pregnancy
were not easy, and she was hospi-
talized in early December with acute
morning sickness that left her weak
and dehydrated. She seemed to
recover her stamina fairly quickly
and made a series of public appear-
ances until the final weeks before
giving birth, drawing praise for her
poise and good cheer.
The royal couple and their new-
born are expected to spend much of
their time in the coming years in
renovated quarters at Kensington
Palace, where William and Harry
also spent much of their childhood.
Royal officials say Kate and
William will try to give their child
as normal an upbringing as possible.
That may be challenging in an age
when the British royals are treated
as major world celebrities. (AP)
attempts at two
major prisons out-
side Baghdad have
including at least 25
members of Iraq s
security forces who
armed with car
bombs, mortars and
machine guns, offi-
cials said yesterday.
In northern Iraq,
a suicide car bomber
targeted an army
patrol on Monday,
killing 12 people,
attacks on the pris-
ons in Taji and Abu
Ghraib on the out-
skirts of Baghdad,
which both hold
militants, were the
latest indication of
Iraq s deteriorating
There were con-
flicting reports on
whether inmates had
the assaults, which
started late Sunday.
Local media and
forums said some
to flee, but author-
ities did not confirm
any break-outs. (AP)
LIBREVILLE---Turkey s ambas-
sador to Gabon says pirates have
released an oil tanker hijacked
last week off the West African
country s coast, leaving its 24-
member Indian crew unharmed.
Ahmet Riza Demirer said the
Malta-flagged tanker, operated by
the Turkish firm Geden Lines, was
released in Nigerian waters early
yesterday after pirates stole an
untold amount of crude oil and
other oil products.
Security firm AKE said last
week s attack constituted "a sig-
nificant expansion" of the area
affected by piracy in the Gulf of
Guinea, occurring 200 nautical
miles further south than a previous
attack in April.
The International Maritime
Bureau warned last week of a
"worrying surge" of attacks by
pirates in the Gulf of Guinea,
which it says is now a greater
hotspot for piracy than Somalia s
RIO DE JANEIRO---Frenzied crowds
of Roman Catholics mobbed the car
carrying Pope Francis on yesterday
when he returned to his home con-
tinent for the first time as pontiff,
embarking on a seven-day visit meant
to fan the fervor of the faithful around
During the pope s first minutes in
Brazil, ecstatic believers forced the
closed Fiat to stop several times as they
swarmed around during the drive from
the airport to an official opening cer-
emony in Rio s center. A few security
guards struggled mightily to push the
crowd back in scenes that at times
Francis, however, looked calm. He
rolled down the window on the back
passenger-side of the car where he was
sitting, waving to the crowd and touch-
ing those who reached inside. At one
point, a woman handed the pontiff a
dark-haired baby, whom he kissed
before handing it back.
After finally making it past crowds
and blocked traffic, Francis switched
to an open-air popemobile as he toured
around the main streets in downtown
Rio through mobs of people who
screamed wildly as he waved and
smiled. Many in the crowd looked
stunned, with some standing still and
others sobbing loudly.
Idaclea Rangel, a 73-year-old
Catholic, was pressed up against a wall
and choking out words through her
"I can t travel to Rome, but he came
here to make my country better ... and
to deepen our faith," she said.
At the airport earlier, Brazilian Pres-
ident Dilma Rousseff vigorously shook
Francis hand after he descended the
stairs following a no-frills commercial
flight. He made no public statements.
The pope was handed two bouquets
of white and yellow flowers by two
adolescent girls, each of whom he kissed
on the cheek. (AP)
It's a boy
Kate gives birth to royal heir...
Pirates release hijacked oil tanker
Frenzied crowds greet Pope
Francis on first Brazil trip
A member of the security
detail holds up a baby to
Pope Francis as he makes
his way in the popemobile
into central Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, yesterday. The pontiff
arrived for a seven-day visit
in Brazil, the world's most
populous Roman Catholic
nation. AP PHOTO
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