Arms treaty vote awaited
Supporters of a strong treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade were optimistic that a final draft circulated a day before today’s deadline will reach consensus. U.N. diplomats said Wednesday the United States was virtually certain to go along with the latest text. Hopes of reaching agreement on what would be a landmark treaty were dashed last July when the United States said it needed more time to consider the proposed accord — a move quickly backed by Russia and China. In December, the U.N. General Assembly decided to hold a final conference and set today as the deadline for reaching agreement.
Vigilantes take over town
Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week. Members of the area’s self-described “community police” say more than 1,500 members of the force were stopping traffic Wednesday at improvised checkpoints in the town of Tierra Colorado, which sits along the highway connecting Mexico City to Acapulco. They arrested 12 police and the former director of public security in the town after Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal, 28, a leader of the state’s vigilante movement, was slain on Monday.
Vandal divers captured
Egypt’s naval forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, a military spokesman said. Telecommunications executives meanwhile blamed a weeklong Internet slowdown on damage caused to another cable by a ship. Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said in a release on his official Facebook page that divers were arrested while “cutting the undersea cable” of the country’s main communications company, Telecom Egypt. The statement said they were caught on a speeding fishing boat just off the port city of Alexandria.
Compiled from wire reports.