Mexico Ex-Governor Denies Fake Medicine Claims

(AP) – Mexico has become accustomed to accusations of wrongdoing by former state governors, but the most recent scandal has been especially shocking. The current governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz has accused a predecessor of buying fake medicines for state-run hospitals, claiming an inert substance was administered to children instead of a […]

Lawyer: Panama To Allow Ex-Dictator Noriega House Arrest

(AP) – A lawyer for Panama’s jailed ex-dictator Manuel Noriega says a court has granted him house arrest so he can prepare for brain surgery.   Attorney Ezra Angel announced the ruling Monday.   The 82-year-old former strongman needs to have a benign brain tumor surgically removed. A court had ruled in October that Noriega be allowed […]

UPDATE: US Denies Russian Claim Of Syria Coordination

(AP) – The U.S. says Russia’s claim that its warplanes flew a joint mission over Syria with the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group is “rubbish.” Russia’s Defense Ministry said Monday its forces in Syria had received coordinates of IS targets near al-Bab on Sunday “from the U.S. side via hotline with the international […]

Protesters Take Control Of Border Crossing With US

(AP) – Protesters in Mexico took control of vehicle lanes at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S. border Sunday to oppose Mexican gasoline price hikes, waving through motorists after Mexican authorities abandoned their posts. Motorists zipped by about 50 demonstrators at the Otay Mesa port of entry connecting San Diego and Tijuana, many […]

Samsung: Batteries Only Problem With Fire-Prone Note 7s

(AP) – Samsung Electronics says that tests of more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones found defects in two sets of batteries from two different manufacturers that made the phones prone to catch fire. Samsung’s mobile division president, Koh Dong-jin says the company would use what it learned from its investigations to improve lithium ion […]

China Cracks Down On Tools Used To Get Around Web Filters

(AP) – A Chinese technology regulator has announced a 14-month campaign to root out services that allow people in the country to circumvent the government’s internet censorship. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology says it forbids the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) or leased lines that allow users and businesses to access blocked […]

Netanyahu Says He Had ‘Warm Conversation’ With Trump

(AP) – Israel’s prime minister says he has held a “warm conversation” with President Donald Trump and has been invited to the White House in February. In a statement, Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he told Trump in a phone call Sunday that he hopes to forge a “common vision to advance peace and security in […]

Mexico Returns 91 Cubans Who Had Hoped To Reach US

(AP) – Mexico has returned to Cuba the first contingent of Cuban migrants since former U.S. president Barack Obama decided Thursday to end a U.S. policy of granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil.  Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said Friday it put 91 Cubans on a federal police airplane and flew them back […]