MEXICO

Soldiers kill 22 at warehouse

Soldiers killed 22 people at a warehouse in central Mexico on Monday in a shootout that also left a soldier injured, the Defense Department said. The department said in a brief statement that soldiers were patrolling the town of Tlataya when they came across a warehouse being guarded by armed men, who opened fire on the troops. Twenty-one men and one woman were killed in the shootout and soldiers rescued three women who said they had been kidnapped, it said. Soldiers also seized 22 automatic rifles, two shotguns, 13 handguns, a hand grenade and dozens of round of ammunition. The town of Tlataya is in the mountains near the state of Guerrero, an area known for growing marijuana.

PANAMA

U.S. soldier held in slaying

Activists in Panama are demanding that a career U.S. soldier suspected of killing a local woman be tried in local courts. Master Sgt. Omar Velez is being held at Fort Bragg in North Carolina in connection with the murder of a woman in her mid-20s whose body was found in Panama on June 23. He was charged in the military justice system Monday with unpremeditated murder, according to Army spokeswoman Kimberly Hanson. Velez has not made any public statements about the case. Local media report that Velez allegedly had been romantically involved with the woman and was discovered near her body with a shovel after an apparent crime of passion.

NORTH KOREA

U.S. tourists may face trials

North Korea said Monday it is preparing to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against it. Investigations into Ohioan Jeffrey Edward Fowle and fellow American Matthew Todd Miller concluded that suspicions about their hostile acts have been confirmed by evidence and their testimonies, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said in a short report. KCNA said North Korea is making preparations to bring them before a court. It did not specify what the two did that was considered hostile or illegal, or what kind of punishment they might face. It also did not say when the trial would begin.

ARGENTINA

Thousands flee floods

Flooding from days of torrential rains has forced the evacuation of some 3,000 families in Argentina. The heavy rains swelled the Paraguay and Parana rivers. Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said Monday that families living in swamped low-lying areas have been evacuated in the provinces of Misiones and Formosa.

Compiled from wire reports.