Ties with Kuwait warming
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheik Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah discussed ties with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Wednesday, signaling improving relations between neighbors still working to overcome the more than two-decade legacy of war. The warming bonds between Shiite-led Iraq and Sunni-ruled Kuwait are noteworthy in a region increasingly plagued by the sectarian divisions running through Syria’s civil war and Iraq, which is struggling to contain its worst eruption of violence in years.
3 protesters convicted
A Tunisian court on Wednesday convicted three European feminist activists who staged a topless courthouse protest last month, sentencing them to four months and a day in prison, a court official said. The defense called the sentence far too harsh. The two French and a German member of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen maintained during the trial that there was nothing sexual or offensive about their protest and that it was only to support their imprisoned Tunisian colleague. A group leader has pledged further topless protests in Tunisia and the Middle East. The three women were convicted of public indecency, offending public morals and threatening public order in the May 29 protest.
Agents rescue migrants
Mexican federal police agents rescued 58 migrants who were allegedly kidnapped and held in a house near the U.S. border, officials said Wednesday. A federal police release said 51 migrants are from Guatemala, six from India and one from El Salvador. Agents rescued the people from a home in Nogales, which is across the border from Nogales, Arizona. A 43-year-old man who was guarding them was detained. Until recently, most abductions of migrants happened in northeastern Mexico, an area controlled by the Zetas and the Gulf drug cartels. In 2010, the Zetas were blamed for the mass slaying of 72 migrants in northern Mexico. Organized crime in northwestern Mexico is run by the Sinaloa drug cartel, which controls the border area along Arizona.
Compiled from wire reports.