Mexico: Torture

MEXICO CITY — Amnesty International says Mexican soldiers have carried out torture and forced disappearances while fighting drug cartels.

The group says one case involves 25 Tijuana police officers detained on corruption allegations. The officers say troops put their feet in water and applied electric shocks to their bodies, including their genitals.

The Interior Department says it will analyze the report released by the human rights watchdog group on Tuesday. It also details four other cases of abuse against 10 people in the northern border states of Chihuahua, Tamaulipas and Baja California, where Tijuana is located.

Venezuela: Strike ends

CARACAS — A group of college students ended a hunger strike after 17 days following a meeting Tuesday with Organization of American States representatives to air their concerns about human rights in Venezuela.

Student leader Julio Rivas said the protest achieved its objective and the three OAS officials visiting from Washington agreed to relay their concerns to OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza.

Honduras: Ambush

TEGUCIGALPA — Gunmen on motorcycles ambushed and killed Honduras' top anti-drug official in the capital Tuesday, just two months before he planned to retire and move to Canada.

Former army Gen. Julian Aristides Gonzalez, director of the Office for Combatting Drug Trafficking, was driving alone after dropping his daughter at school when assailants opened fire and then fled, national police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said.

Iraq: Lucky dog

BAGHDAD — All that was left were the walls and a lucky dog.

The ginger-colored hound, chained to a roof railing, was left stranded on top of the remaining walls Tuesday as the rest of the house collapsed and killed the dog's owners and their children in a suicide car bombing, Iraqi police and fire officials said.

The dog was spotted by a neighbor and rescue workers after a car bomb ravaged an area of homes and stores near the Finance Ministry during a wave of coordinated attacks that left at least 125 people dead and more than 500 wounded.

Russia: Suspended

MOSCOW — The fire chief of a Russian city where a nightclub blaze killed 119 revelers was suspended along with five subordinates Tuesday and authorities said inspection records for the club appear to have been falsified.

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged a broad review of fire regulations, demanding tougher enforcement and lambasting officials and businessmen for their irresponsibility.

Japan: Deadlock

TOKYO — Talks on the relocation of a major American military base have been suspended, deepening a deadlock between the United States and Japan.

Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said Tuesday a high-level working group convened to discuss the move has been suspended and no date for a restart had been set, the Kyodo News agency reported.

Brazil: 5 arrested

SAO PAULO — Authorities arrested five men and one woman accused of tunneling their way to nearly $6 million over the weekend while Brazil was gripped with football fever, but detectives recovered only a tiny fraction of the stolen cash, police said Tuesday.

Officers surrounded the suspects in a house late Monday, and chased them when they tried to run away, Sao Paulo's public safety department said in a statement.

The statement said just $2,400 was recovered.