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LA PAZ---Bolivian officials say they've
found US$1 million in a bag tossed from
Government Minister Carlos Romero
says anti-drug police spotted a man who
was signaling to a low-flying plane at a
clandestine landing strip. As the plane
swooped low, a bag filled with money was
Romero says police arrested three
people and seized two vehicles, a rifle and
an automatic weapon during Sunday's
operating in Tigre, a town in Santa Cruz
state. The plane was not identified and
escaped. He says the operation foiled
plans to create a drug factory.
Bolivian officials defend use of coca as a
traditional stimulant, but try to prosecute
those who try to turn it into cocaine and
trade in it. (AP)
exploded inside a cathedral
in northeastern Spain yes-
terday that is one of the
country s most popular
religious and tourist attrac-
tions, causing some dam-
age but no injuries, an offi-
The blast occurred at
about 1.50 pm in a central
aisle close to the main altar
of the Basilica of Our Lady
of the Pilar in the city of
Zaragoza, and people were
evacuated, said a spokesman
for the Interior Ministry s
The explosion occurred
just three days before the
city s yearly Pilar festival,
which attracts tens of thou-
sands of people.
The official said no group
has taken responsibility for
the device, which was being
examined by police.
The Pilar, located on the
banks of the Ebro River, has
long attracted many wor-
shippers and tourists.
The church, dating back
to the 12th century, takes its
name from a stone pillar
located inside, which some
faithful believe was left there
by the Virgin Mary.
The pillar was not dam-
aged by yesterday s explo-
Pope John Paul II visited
the cathedral in 1984. (AP)
The trek for those trav-
elling through northern
Mexico remains dangerous:
police rescued 73 people
who were being held
hostage in the border city
The victims had been kid-
napped from buses or bus
terminals, and about half
were Central Americans,
police said. It is likely, though
police did not say, that a
majority of the victims were
migrants on their way north
to the United States.
Some of the kidnap vic-
tims were held for as long
as four months, Mexico s
National Security Commis-
sion said in a statement.
Federal police on patrol
Monday in Reynosa followed
a car after its occupants tried
to avoid them, the commis-
sion said. When the two
men in the car pulled up to
a house, so did the police.
The police approached the
house "from where they
could hear cries for help,"
the commission said.
Inside the house, police
found 73 hostages: 37 Mex-
icans, 19 Hondurans, 14
Guatemalans, and three Sal-
vadorans, it said.
Six minors were among
those rescued, the commis-
sion said. The alleged kid-
nappers made phone calls
to the victims families,
demanding ransom pay-
ments in exchange for their
release, the commission said.
Some of the people res-
cued said they were assault-
ed or raped, it said.
Police arrested the two
men in the car who arrived
at the house, and a third
man who they allege worked
as a lookout.
Authorities have discov-
ered at least three mass kid-
napping operations in and
around Reynosa this year. In
July, Mexican authorities res-
cued 81 migrants they said
were held captive in
And in June, authorities
said that in a small town
nearby they rescued 165
migrants who were kid-
napped as they tried to cross
into the United States.
We re not done yet.
That was the message terrorists of Al-
Shabaab gave to Kenya yesterday, as offi-
cials still sorted through rubble and clues
left in the wake of the recent massacre
that took 67 lives at a Nairobi shopping
The Somali militant group handed the
threatening statement to regional media,
which passed it on to CNN.
For four days, starting on September
21, Al-Shabaab fighters spread gunfire
and flames through Nairobi s Westgate
Shopping Mall, leaving it partially
destroyed, stained in blood and littered
Members of Kenya s government were
mute about what they had seen inside
after emerging from an inspection there
earlier this week.
CNN learned that the Westgate mall
attackers tortured some of the hostages.
Military doctors said militants severed
hands, cut off noses and, in some cases,
hanged hostages. CNN has seen photo-
graphic evidence of one dead victim with
a hand amputated.
In the coming days and weeks, mem-
bers of Parliament are expected to grill
intelligence officials to find out more
about how the attack occurred.
A number of Kenya s Cabinet members
and defence officials were warned about
the possibility that Al-Shabaab was plan-
ning to carry out such an attack a year
before gunman stormed the mall, according
to several police and intelligence sources.
The warnings were made by the coun-
try s National Intelligence Service as part
of regular situational reports given to
Cabinet members, the inspector general
of police, members of the National Secu-
rity Advisory Council and military intel-
CNN has seen an electronic version of
those reports, which contain an extensive
list of terror threats from several regions
across Kenya over an extended period,
but they also specify Al-Shabaab posed
a threat to several targets, including West-
gate Shopping Mall.
The news about the intelligence warn-
ings comes amid revelations that the mall
favoured by Westerners and tourists was
long considered a possible terror target.
Last year, the Kenyan military was part
of a peacekeeping force that defeated Al-
Shabaab forces to liberate the key Somali
port of Kismayo.
Since Kenya launched attacks against
Al-Shabaab in Somalia in 2011, the group
has hurled grenades at Kenyan churches,
bus stops and other public places. (CNN)
says it is hiring 70,000 full-
time seasonal workers around
the US to fill orders over the
The online retailer says the
hires are an increase of 40 per
cent over last year s 50,000
workers. Seasonal employees at
Amazon.com Inc order fulfill-
ment centres are eligible for
health care benefits and, on
average, earn 94 per cent of the
wages of regular employees.
Amazon says it plans to
convert "thousands" of the
temporary jobs into full-time
roles after the holiday season.
The announcement from the
company follows seasonal hir-
ing announcements from other
large retailers. Wal-Mart Stores
said last week that it is hiring
55,000 seasonal workers. It is
also elevating 35,000 tempo-
rary workers to part-time posi-
tions and 35,000 part-time
workers to full-time jobs. (AP)
It's not over say
A woman shouts during a special
prayer at the Legio Maria African
Mission church in Nairobi, Kenya, on
Sunday, for the victims of the
Westgate Shopping Mall shooting.
in Spain cathedral
from Mexican house
Bolivia finds US$1 million tossed from airplane
Amazon to hire 70,000 seasonal workers
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