Chile: One dead in protest
SANTIAGO Violent clashes between police and protesters commemorating the killing of two leftists during Chile's 1973-90 dictatorship left one person dead, nine officers injured and more than 200 demonstrators arrested, authorities said Sunday.
The fatality was a 23-year-old man shot by masked demonstrators who claimed he was an infiltrator, Santiago Gov. Alvaro Erazo said.
"It was a cold-blooded assassination," he said.
Mexico: Striking miners scuffle
MEXICO CITY Striking miners and other workers scuffled with rocks and sticks at Mexico's largest copper mine, injuring nearly 2 dozen people, the mine's owners and local media said Sunday.
Grupo Mexico SAB issued a statement urging government authorities to intervene after Saturday's scuffle at the Cananea mine in the northwestern state of Sonora, where strikers tried to block other workers from entering the facility.
Mexico: Inmate on lam
MEXICO CITY One of two suspects in the killing of a University of Colorado student who was vacationing in a Mexican resort town has escaped from jail, police said Sunday.
The guard on duty accidentally released 30-year-old Alfonso Ramirez Sastre Friday morning after he apparently swapped clothing with a cellmate, a Puerto Vallarta municipal police spokeswoman said.
Ramirez and Daniel Vargas, also 30, had been arrested in the Wednesday shooting death of 21-year-old David Parrish of Boulder, Colo., she said.
Peru: Ruins vandalized
LIMA Visitors are increasingly vandalizing the ruins of Peru's famed Sacsayhuaman fortress, leaving behind what authorities say is an unusual accumulation of graffiti from the likes of soccer fans and lovers.
Photos published Sunday in Peru's El Comercio newspaper show the ancient ruins scrawled with "AL," for the Alianza Lima soccer club, along with initials inside hearts and signatures scribbled in dark marker.
Peru: Tons of cocaine seized
LIMA Police seized more than 2 tons of cocaine and arrested four alleged members of an international drug-trafficking gang in two coordinated raids, Peruvian officials said Sunday.
Authorities confiscated 1.7 tons of cocaine from a house in a Lima suburb and another half-ton from a building in the neighboring port of Callao late Saturday, said Col. Demetrio Perez Vargas, chief of information for Peru's national police.
Vatican: Islam largest religion
VATICAN CITY Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday.
"For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Formenti compiles the Vatican's yearbook.
He said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population while Muslims were at 19.2 percent.