In Latin America
Major arrests: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 33 people last Wednesday at Puerto Rico’s international airport for alleged drug smuggling. Several of those arrested who are accused of smuggling millions of dollars of cocaine from Puerto Rico to the U.S., were or are employees of American Airlines. Arrests were also made at airports in Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami.
Climate Change law: Mexican President Felipe Calderon signed climate change legislation into law. The country’s legislative body passed the measure in April. The law will require future administrations to meet set targets to cut emissions and require a 30 percent carbon emissions cut by 2020 and 50 percent by 2050. Mexico’s climate law makes it the second country in the world to pass this type of law, following only the UK.
Brazil closes landfill: Brazil closed down the Jardim Gramacho, its largest open-air landfill. The landfill, which is also the larges in South America, was closed in a move toward sustainability and will be replaced by a recycling plant. The closure is expected to leave more than 1,700 people unemployed.
Remembering Garcia: Renowned Mexican photojournalist Hector Garcia, 88, has died. Garcia suffered a fatal heart attack. He is recognized for capturing famous Mexican figures as well as the realities of life of the Mexican people. The Mexican government announced that more than 1 million of his negatives will be digitized.
In North America
Massive fire: More than 41,000 acres have burned in Larimer County. The massive fire in Colorado has forced many residents to evacuate their homes. One person has died and 118 structures have been destroyed.
Remembering Bradbury: Science fiction author Ray Bradbury, 91, has died. Bradbury authored more than 27 novels and wrote several hundred short stories. He is remembered for his literary work “Fahrenheit 451” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”
Victory for Walker: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won during last week’s recall election. Walker defeated Democrat and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a contentious election. Walker is a Tea Party darling who was launched into the national spotlight after doing away with collective bargaining rights for unionized state government workers.
Car accident: U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson was in two car crashes in Los Angeles on Saturday. Police suspect that he was at fault in both incidents and he could be charged with felony hit and run. A spokeswoman from his department said that Bryson suffered a seizure.
In the Middle East
Syria update: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appointed Riad Hijab as prime minister. The appointment caused doubt about the country’s future political stability because Hijab belongs to the ruling Baath Party.
No. 2 killed: Al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan. His death is seen as a serious blow to the terrorist organization.