Violence has exploded in the Mexican state of Michoacan following the arrest of an alleged leader of a powerful drug cartel known as “La Familia” — “The Family” in English. Earlier this week the cartel left the bodies of 12 tortured federal agents piled along a highway as a warning to government officials. In a string of related attacks, they also killed six federal agents and two soldiers.
Honduran leader Roberto Micheletti, who was installed as president of the Central American country by the nation's Congress on June 28, told reporters on July 15 that he would be willing to step down, provided that ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya relinquishes his claims to the presidency.
During the second day of their two-day triennial summit at Egypt's Sharm el-Sheik resort on the Red Sea on July 16, members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) agreed to a declaration to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, while making it clear that terror should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, or ethnic group. (See related article on the Sharm el-Sheik summit, "Non-Aligned Movement Nations Discuss World Economy.")
In an audio message released on radical Islamist Web sites on July 15, Ayman al-Zawahiri (Osama bin Laden's deputy and al Qaeda's second in command) told Pakistanis that the United States was interfering in Pakistan's affairs.
Representatives of the 118-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) began their 15th triennial summit at Egypt's Sharm el-Sheik resort on the Red Sea on July 15 to discuss the impact of the global economic crisis on their nations.