An attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya leaves four Americans dead; a Mexican drug kingpin is extradited to America; and hundreds die in Pakistani factory fires. Meanwhile, Jason Sudeikis returns to “Saturday Night Live;” and pro football player Arian Foster embarks on a rap career.
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U.S. ambassador to Libya, 3 other Americans killed in Benghazi, http://wapo.st/Pb0D3J
John Christopher Stevens, the United States Ambassador to Libya, as well as a Foreign Service information management officer named Sean Smith and two other individuals whose identities are being withheld pending the notification of their families, have been killed in an attack on the American consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi. Stevens and the other victims were fleeing the consulate when their automobile was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the attackers as a “small and savage group,” and stressed that “we will not turn our back” on “a free and stable Libya.” Two Marine Corps anti-terrorism security teams have been dispatched to Libya to aid security in the wake of the attack, and President Obama has said he has ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts worldwide.
Mexico extradites Zetas founder to U.S., http://bit.ly/OguIMT
Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, one of the founders of the Los Zetas criminal cartel, has been extradited to the United States from Mexico, where he will face charges of criminal conspiracy and drug trafficking in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Rejon Aguilar has been under investigation since 2006, and is believed to have been instrumental in the smuggling of large quantities of marijuana and cocaine into the United States as well as the laundering of the proceeds of the drug sales. He is considered a founder of the Los Zetas cartel, believed to be Mexico’s most violent organized crime group, and was described by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as “the number three in the command structure.”
German court backs eurozone’s ESM bailout fund, http://bbc.in/RRb2Ec
Germany’s highest court has confirmed Germany’s commitment to the permanent eurozone rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), rejecting calls by 37,000 petitioners to block the ESM and make it subject to a referendum. The Constitutional Court imposed conditions on the commitment, including a cap on Germany’s contributions, which could only be overturned by the German parliament. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called it “a good day,” and European markets made gains on the news, with the euro posting a four-month high against the dollar at $1.29. Analysts suggest that the ESM is a critical tool to combating the eurozone debt crisis, along with a plan from the European Central Bank to purchase government bonds held by struggling countries. Under this scheme, Germany is liable for 190 billion euros, out of a 500 billion euro fund.
More Than 300 People Die in 2 Pakistan Fires, http://nyti.ms/QcYRRD
Two separate fires, one in a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore and one in a garment factory in the southern port city of Karachi, have claimed more than 300 lives, and “the death toll is expected to rise,” according to the commissioner of Karachi Roshan Ali Sheikh. Officials say that in the Karachi factory, panicking workers were trapped in the multistory building, which had only a single exit. The shoe factory in Lahore, according to officials, was set up illegally and disguised to look like a residential home from the outside, and burned down when a generator caught fire and ignited nearby chemicals. The deaths prompted renewed concerns about lax safety standards and inhumane working conditions in Pakistan.
Australia to ban giant fishing trawler, http://reut.rs/OmIaV7
Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke plans to introduce legislation giving him the power to ban a controversial Dutch “super-trawler” following protests from environmental groups including Greenpeace, who expressed concerns about over-fishing and possible detrimental effects on ocean wildlife. The trawler, 466 feet in length, is reportedly the world’s second-largest fishing vessel. Burke said that uncertainty over the environmental impact of the trawler led to the decision. The company behind the ship, Seafish Tasmania, said in an open letter written jointly with the Commonwealth Fisheries Association that the “trial by media” has undermined the credibility of Australian fisheries management, created insecurity among fishermen, and has deterred crucial investment needed to support regional jobs.
Emma Bell Joins ‘Dallas’ As New Regular, http://bit.ly/QFFr7D
Jason Sudeikis Returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’, http://bit.ly/OqdHFM
Chris Brown One Ups Rihanna With New “Fly” Tattoo In The Same Place, http://bit.ly/OGJ8rh
Houston Texans’ Arian Foster Working On Rap Career With Bun B., http://bit.ly/RIF1j4