Holocaust denier ousted
A Roman Catholic bishop whose denials that the Holocaust ever happened led to Vatican demands he recant has been removed as the head of a seminary, local media reported on Sunday, citing a Catholic official. The ultraconservative Society of St. Pius X has dismissed Bishop Richard Williamson as director of its seminary in La Reja, outside Buenos Aires, independent Argentine news agency Diarios y Noticias and the newspaper La Nacion said. Williamson is one of four bishops from the society whose excommunications were lifted last month by Pope Benedict XVI. Williamson has said he does not believe Jews were gassed during the Holocaust.
Eleven die in drug fight
The bloody drug war claimed 11 more victims on Saturday and Sunday as rival drug gangs clashed in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, police said. Among them, three people were shot exiting a nightclub and four others — including a 14-year-old — were killed in another area of the city. Witnesses told police that the victims had been drug dealers, killed by rival gangs. Another victim, whose remains were charred, could not be identified. At least 220 people have died in the city — which lies across the Rio Grande from the US city El Paso — since the beginning of this year.
Five Rio police killed
Five police officers were killed in a bloody weekend of violence in Rio de Janeiro, authorities said on Sunday. In less than 12 hours, three members of the military police were killed, adding to a sense of insecurity that has swept the city. On Sunday, a sergeant died in hospital after being shot three times during an assault in the north of the city. A police statement said two men had approached the officer on motorbike. In the same area on Saturday, another sergeant was shot while on patrol. Also on Saturday, in the Campo Grande neighborhood, an off-duty captain was shot at a barbecue with friends. The gunmen are thought to belong to gangs that control some areas of the city, running protection rackets.
Troops torch drug crops
Soldiers and police burned 700 hectares of fields growing marijuana and poppies used to make heroin in the country’s biggest drug operation, the president’s office said on Sunday. The street value of the marijuana and heroin that could be processed from the destroyed crops was estimated at US$12 billion, twice the size of the country’s national budget, said Fredy Portillo, a spokesman for the president’s office. The weeklong operations deployed around 400 security forces to the mountainous state of San Marcos near the border with Mexico, where powerful Mexican cartels distribute seeds and pay high prices for the illicit harvest.