GANG LEADER SUSPECT: Federal police in Mexico have captured the alleged leader of La Linea, a gang of hit men and corrupt police officers who work for a drug cartel. Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, 33, is wanted by the U.S. government on charges of murdering a U.S. consulate employee and her husband last year in Ciudad Juarez.
TV TRANSMITTERS HIT: NATO warplanes bombed three Libyan state TV satellite transmitters in Tripoli, targeting a propaganda tool that the military alliance said Saturday was used by Moammar Gadhafi’s government.
WRONG TARGETS HIT: Government airstrikes in southern Yemen targeting al-Qaida-linked militants accidentally killed 40 pro-government tribesmen.
AFGHAN OFFICIAL ARRESTED: A senior Afghan Defense Ministry official who allegedly leaked secrets that helped the Taliban stage suicide attacks in Kabul has been arrested by the Afghan Intelligence Service.
ISRAELIS PROTEST: Tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets Saturday to protest rising housing prices. Other economic protests over the last two weeks involved doctors striking over working conditions and pay, parents demonstrating against expensive child-rearing costs, and motorists complaining about higher gasoline prices.
FIGHTER JET PURCHASE: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday that he was reviving a stalled deal to buy multimillion-dollar fighter jets from the United States. He affirmed the need for American trainers to help Iraqi forces operate and maintain the 36 F-16s.
PROTESTERS KILLED: Syrian troops opened fire on people throwing stones to stop a convoy from advancing toward an eastern oil hub, killing as many as three people Saturday, activists said.
FREEDOM POSSIBLE: Two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage could be freed after a court hearing slated for today, their lawyer said. Masoud Shafiei said the fact that the session in the trial of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would coincide with the second anniversary of their arrests might indicate that they will be released.
COLOMBIAN ARREST: A Colombian judge on Saturday ordered the arrest of former president Alvaro Uribe’s chief of staff for alleged involvement in spying on judges, journalists and politicians by the domestic security agency.
| The Associated Press