A strong earthquake rumbled deep beneath mountainous regions northeast of Kabul early Friday, waking residents and sending some into the streets.
Former Costa Rican President Rafael Calderon was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of corruption during his term. It was the first time in Costa Rica’s history that a former president had been tried for corruption.
The number of drug-related killings in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, so far this year has reached 1,647, surpassing the death toll for all of 2008, a city spokesman told CNN. A spate of killings since the weekend, including 12 on Tuesday, pushed this year’s death toll higher than the 1,607 recorded murders for last year, spokesman Sergio Belmonte told CNN.
A 44-year-old former drug addict and alcoholic who now works as a minister was the sole person responsible for the brief hijacking Wednesday of a commercial jetliner, a Mexican official said. The suspect, Josmar Flores Pereira, told authorities he hijacked the jet on Wednesday because the date — September 9, 2009, or 9/9/9 and 666 reversed — held some significance for him, said Genaro Garcia Luna, the secretary for public safety.
Gunmen shot and killed 17 patients and wounded two others in a drug rehabilitation center in northern Mexico late Wednesday, the mayor of Ciudad Juarez said Thursday. Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said authorities believe a rival drug gang attacked the men at the El Aviane rehab facility.