Band members killed

A Mexican official said police pulled 14 bodies from a well and that 12 were identified as kidnapped members of a musical band. Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene said police would continue to search the well Tuesday since three members were still missing. Kombo Kolombia was playing at a ranch when 10 gunmen entered the warehouse Friday and forced 18 musicians and crew members into waiting vehicles. The gunmen asked them to name their drug cartel affiliation, a survivor said.


Deadly flooding

Punishing winds, torrential rains and powerful ocean swells have inundated large areas of Australia’s two most populous states, driving thousands of people from their homes and killing at least four people. As the storm system crept south along the east coast from Brisbane in Queensland all the way to Sydney in New South Wales, more than 500 miles away, it dumped record amounts of rain in many areas. More than 53 inches of rain fell in three days in some areas.


Israel skips U.N. review

Israel became the first nation to skip a U.N. review of its human rights record without giving a reason — and then won a precedent-setting deferral Tuesday. After a debate, the Human Rights Council unanimously agreed to defer the review until its next session in October and November at the latest.


U.N. critical of prisons

Venezuela’s government is facing mounting criticism from activists and the U.N. human rights office for its handling of its prisons following a deadly clash. Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern Tuesday about “an alarming pattern of violence in Venezuelan prisons, which is a direct consequence of poor conditions.” The government said 58 people were killed Friday at a prison in Barquisimeto when armed inmates clashed with National Guard troops attempting to carry out an inspection.

Compiled from wire reports.