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World news briefs — July 15


Cartel boss arrested

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel, has been captured in the first major blow against an organized crime leader by a Mexican administration struggling to drive down persistently high levels of violence, a U.S. federal official said Monday. Several Mexican media outlets reported that Trevino Morales was captured by Mexican Marines near the border city of Nuevo Laredo, which has long served as the Zetas’ base of operations. Trevino Morales, known as “Z-40,” is uniformly described as one of the two most powerful cartel heads in Mexico.


Death probe continues

The cause of Glee actor Cory Monteith’s death remained unclear Monday, and authorities said it could take several days before toxicology test results are in. Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham said there’s nothing to indicate the death was due to illicit drug use. Monteith, 31, was found dead in his Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday, according to police, who have ruled out foul play.

More bodies recovered

Police have recovered two more bodies in the wreckage of a runaway oil train’s explosive derailment that killed 50 people in a Quebec town.

Provincial police Inspector Michel Forget said Monday that 37 bodies have been recovered and 13 remain missing. The coroner’s office says two more bodies have been identified, bringing the total of those identified to 11. The unmanned train hurtled down a seven-mile incline on July 6, derailed and ignited. All but one of its 73 cars was carrying oil. Parish priest Steve Lemay says a memorial mass for the victims will be on July 27.


Captive’s death noted

President Francois Hollande’s office formally confirmed on Monday the death of a French hostage in Mali, ending the uncertainty about the status of one of six French citizens captured by al-Qaida’s North African arm. A statement said an autopsy would be performed on the body of Philippe Verdon, captured in November 2011.

Compiled from wire reports.


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