Energy protest claims 2 lives
At least two people were killed and dozens more injured in a clash between security forces and protesters opposed to high energy prices. President Otto Perez Molina said on Thursday that two army vehicles were carrying troops to support police when they encountered a blockade set up by protesters on a highway in the west of the country. Molina said civilians in a truck in front of the army vehicles opened fire. He said the soldiers were not armed and promised to clarify what happened. Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said the president had suspended an order to evict the protesters from the highway. Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Erick Escobedo said seven soldiers were hurt. Authorities said 34 people were admitted to hospitals. Local media reports gave a higher death toll.
Hunt for killers stepped up
The government is deploying troops and federal police to find suspects in the killing of the son of a former national party leader that has caused commotion among the country’s political circles. Coahuila State Prosecutor Homero Ramos announced on Thursday that officials hope to quickly solve the murder of Jose Eduardo Moreira. His father Humberto is a former governor of the northern state and former head of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. The son was found shot dead on Wednesday night in a rural area near Ciudad Acuna, across the border from Del Rio, Texas. He worked for the Coahuila state government led now by his uncle, who won local elections last year.
Murdoch firm in legal deal
A journalist fired in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News International has settled with the newspaper company on undisclosed terms. Matt Nixson sued his former employer after he was dismissed from Murdoch’s The Sun newspaper in July last year. At the time, News International was reeling from revelations that its journalists systematically eavesdropped on private voicemail messages in order to score scoops, a practice whose exposure shook the country’s establishment and has led to dozens of arrests and prosecutions. Nixson was never caught up in the police investigation, and the 38-year-old’s dismissal angered many in the media, particularly after Murdoch promised to keep arrested Sun journalists on the paper’s payroll and foot their legal fees. News International confirmed the settlement, but did not elaborate.