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BELIZE

McAfee denies killing man

Software company founder John McAfee has denied he killed a neighbor in Belize, but said he would not turn himself in for questioning because he feared a police anti-gang unit wanted to kill him. McAfee said in a telephone interview that he was in hiding with a young woman somewhere in Belize. He said he was unarmed and has been changing locations frequently to stay one step ahead of police. Belize police said they wanted to question McAfee, who they describe as a “person of interest” in the slaying of fellow American Gregory Viant Faull. Faull was shot dead over the weekend on the Caribbean island where both men lived. McAfee said that Faull was an “annoyance,” but he denies killing him.

MEXICO

Bullets found on roof

Employees of a Mexico City movie theater where a 10-year-old boy died from being hit in the head by a bullet fired from outside the building have found 16 spent bullets on the roof on different dates, prosecutors said on Wednesday. A statement said an employee turned in the 16 bullets and told investigators it was common to find spent bullets and bullet holes on the roof around holidays. The employee told police that on the day the child was shot his manager told him to check the roof, prosecutors said. The statement did not indicate what the employee found. A ballistics expert said on Tuesday that the boy was hit by a 9mm bullet and that a second 9mm bullet was found on the theater’s roof.

AMERICAN SAMOA

Shark fishing to be banned

American Samoa is banning shark fishing in its waters in hopes of stopping the population’s decline. American Samoa is among a number of Pacific islands to record a dramatic drop in shark numbers. Sharks are often harvested for their fins, which typically end up in restaurants as shark-fin soup. The rules taking effect this week make it illegal to catch or possess sharks within 3 nautical miles (5.5km) of the shoreline. The ban extends to three species of reef fish. Doug Fenner, who monitors sharks for the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, said the rules cover most of the territory’s coral reefs and would prevent shark trafficking. The protections are the most powerful in the US, Fenner said.

URUGUAY

Liberal drugs bill presented

Uruguayans will be able to grow marijuana at home or in clubs, but the state will be in charge of the trade from cultivation to sale under a government-led legalization bill presented in Congress on Wednesday. The use of cannabis and other drugs is already legal, but the sale and cultivation of drugs is not. Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, a former leftist guerrilla fighter, said the proposed law would help undermine smuggling gangs and fight petty crime in a region hit by drugs-related violence. Critics say it risks luring more Uruguayans to harder drugs. The bill, which the government hopes will become law early next year, says the state would be responsible for managing and regulating the marijuana trade from cultivation to distribution. It would give the country some of the world’s most permissive legislation on drugs. Households would be allowed to have up to six plants, or as much as 480g of marijuana, the bill presented for discussion by the congressional committee showed. Cannabis consumers would be allowed to buy a maximum 40g each month under the bill, which also sets out regulations for smoking clubs with up to 15 members, 90 plants and annual production of up to 7.2kg.

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