Bogotá, Colombia, Backslides After a Comeback. Patagonia Dam Project Inspires Outrage in Chile. Nannies Move Into Brazil’s Middle Class — São Paulo Journal. Keiko Fujimori Contends For Peru’s Presidency. Where Prisoners Can Do Anything, Except Leave. Deadly Air Crash in Resolute Bay, Canada. Havana Journal - Beatlemania, a Half-Century Late. Mexico Police Violations Seen in Drug War. The actions by the security forces drew renewed attention this week when police officers searching for an accused leader of a drug gang stormed into the home of a gentle poet, breaking windows and doors and emptying closets and drawers.
The government’s human rights commission said that to justify an illegal entry the security forces sometimes planted evidence or cited vague justifications, like having received an anonymous tip or having spotted a person who looked “unusually nervous.” “Illegal searches have become a common practice in many parts of the country, and they reveal a systematic pattern,” the commission said in a report released on Friday. It said that the security forces “burst into a home looking for illicit objects, they threaten, injure and detain the occupants, they take valuables or money, they alter evidence.” The raid on Mr. But that kind of quick apology is not the rule, the commission noted.
NPR. Drudge Report. Huffington Post. NEW YORK -- Investigators cut out a piece of carpet in a painstaking search of a penthouse suite for DNA evidence in IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's sex assault case, law enforcement officials said Wednesday as he made a new bid to get out of jail.
New York detectives and prosecutors believe the carpet in the hotel room may contain Strauss-Kahn's semen, spat out after an episode of forced oral sex by a hotel maid, the officials told The Associated Press. Late Wednesday, Strauss-Kahn resigned as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, according to a letter released by its executive board. In the letter, Strauss-Kahn denied the allegations but said he felt compelled to resign with "great sadness" because he was thinking of his family and also wanted to protect the IMF. Strauss-Kahn, jailed at Rikers Island since Monday, made a second appeal for bail earlier Wednesday and proposed to be confined to his daughter's Manhattan home 24 hours a day with electronic monitoring. Newser.
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